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REVIEW: UNRAVEL ME BY TAHEREH MAFI

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Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Pages: 461
My Rating: 2.5 stars

 

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“I kill people. I kill them. That’s what my ‘special’ power is. I don’t blend into backgrounds or move things with my mind or have really stretchy arms. You touch me for too long and you die. Try living like that for seventeen years and then tell me how easy it is to accept myself.”

I basically had the same complaints with this book as the first one: too much romance and not enough plot. I’m also having a really hard time connecting to the characters, and I’m not finding myself invested in them and what happens to them. This book has also started using a strategy that I hate: having characters keep secrets and then having these omissions create plot points and/or hinder the plot/create conflict. Communication people!

The writing matured and we weren’t given as much flowery prose, and it was much more focused, which I understand is intentional to show how Juliette is growing as a character. And there is some character growth! Just not as much as I wanted, and not as quickly as I wanted it. That comes back to how YA this book is, so it might not be an issue to younger readers or people that tend to like books that are geared towards very YA audiences.

We were given more information on the dystopian world and what issues our characters are dealing with, but there was always some small detail that was off or that bothered me. Whether it was incompetent adults or irrational decision making, I couldn’t help but feel like the story needed more structure and that it missed the mark in numerous places.

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