Reviewed on 23rd May 2019

When The Truth Unravels By RuthAnn Snow

Genre: Fiction / Young Adult
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When The Truth Unravels By RuthAnn Snow Synopsis

Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.

She knows she’s lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.

Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret—and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom night feel just like it would have if this past spring hadn’t been as eventful. This could be the night that convinces Elin that life can go back to what it was.

Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.

Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .

Jenna is falling apart.

And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets during one life-changing night.

When The Truth Unravels By RuthAnn Snow Review

A Rollercoaster of Emotions

This book took me quite a few weeks to get through as I felt absolute emotional shock after every turn of the page. I would definitely suggest trigger warnings for this! Although the book had me on recovery breaks often, there was no lack of entertainment. Ruthanne Snow wrote a beautiful story about the importance of friendship, relationships with family, as well as more intimate relationships, and the effect that our actions have on the people closest to us.
This story is about Elin and her three best friends recovering from something major that has struck them all. Prom seems like the perfect time to get their old lives back and just be normal teenagers again. But little do they know what’s to come…

Elin failed at her suicide attempt and she’s lucky that she was found before it was too late. We get a chance to see the events that follow, from the perspective of Jenna, Rosie, and Ket, as well as Elin herself. This group of friends are determined to have the perfect teenage night at prom, and they all do their best to make it a good time. But then things get out of hand once again. Elin disappears and her friends are in a frenzy to find her, hopefully unharmed.

At first I found it a little difficult to keep up with the characters, the four friends aren’t the only ones we read about. But I soon found myself getting attached to each one of them, hoping for a good ending for everyone. Whether that happens or not, I’ll leave for the reader to find out for themselves.

This Young Adult book is perfect for those who like Thirteen Reasons Why or The Astonishing Color Of After. I wouldn’t usually pick a book with death (or an attempt thereof) being the main storyline, but I’m honestly so happy that I read this!

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I could relate to some of the emotions that these teenagers went through, and the experiences they had. The language use was suitable to the age of the characters and I found it intriguing that the one character shared ‘fancy’ words and their definitions. The story was a little mysterious and kept me guessing until the end. The plot flowed smoothly and at no point did I wish for the story to move on faster, nor slower, for that matter. I also enjoyed the fact that some other favourite books of mine, like Harry Potter and The Fault In Our Stars, were mentioned by the characters who read them.

This book made me lose my breath, but it opened my eyes to a whole new world – Simone Birkholtz

I felt like I was pulled into all these emotions as if I’m just another friend in the group. This book made me lose my breath, but it opened my eyes to a whole new world. It shows that we don’t always know the whole story about someone, their life and circumstances can be completely different from the happy face we see walking down the hall. It shows that there are so many layers and layers to one tiny part of someone’s story, and they can choose which minuscule detail they share with us, while keeping an entire mountain of details to themselves. This book made me so utterly sad, and gushingly happy. I hope that many more people will enjoy it as much as I did.

This is Snow’s debut novel and although it’s written beautifully, I’m excited to see how her writing grows! I hope to read more of her work in the future.

Published by: Sky Pony
ISN: 978-151073-357-2

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