Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. From Goodreads.
Wow Elizabeth Norris’ book was amazing; I couldn’t put it down until it was done. I even woke up super early to pick it back up after I went to bed really late reading it. Janelle went through so much in this book. It was heartbreaking at times.
Janelle was like a parent to her brother because her dad worked all the time and her mom was a drunk. So she grew up really fast basically to take care of Jared, who is a really good kid even when he is mad at his sister. Her best friend Alex was always there for her even when she had an outing with their other friend Kate; he chose her side because Kate stopped being friends with them long before the actual fight that made the loss of the friendship official. Now Janelle is dating a popular guy that is really nice and all but there is something missing from the relationship. Then she died, and Ben saved her but she sees all his thoughts and memories of her and by doing so made her a little hollow as she put it.
I loved how the death sequence was, one perfect day where you felt loved and loved everyone in it. It was completely different than everything anyone else has written. Of course I can see it being either way but it was a nice difference.
After all that she gets caught up with her dad and Alex in a cause with people melting like they have radiation poisoning. She and Alex think its bio-terrorism, but her dad ends up figuring it out. Of course that doesn’t end well for him. So now Janelle really is the only parent Jared has because her dad is murdered and her mom, she commits her to get her to handle her drinking and bipolar disorder.
Now Ben, Elijah and Reid are the boys in the book. Ben and Elijah are best friends and Reid is friends with both of them but not that close. They all get even closer after an accident happens when they are 10 years old. At the same time Ben almost drowned but Janelle saved him and ever since then he has loved her. Elijah is the bad boy of the group. But he really isn’t that bad at all.
I honestly don’t want to give too much away because this book definitely deserves to be read.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.