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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 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 the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living. 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 in one life-changing night.


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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 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 the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living. 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 in one life-changing night.

30 review for When the Truth Unravels

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    Official blurb: "The four girls at the center of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS are prickly, complicated, and headstrong—and I adored all of them. RuthAnne Snow's debut takes a quintessential high school experience—prom—and fills it with detours and secrets that make it impossible to put down. Across two timelines and multiple POVs, Snow paints an authentic, sensitive picture of depression and shows us how friendship is a delicate but resilient thing. I wish I could hand this to every teen girl trying Official blurb: "The four girls at the center of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS are prickly, complicated, and headstrong—and I adored all of them. RuthAnne Snow's debut takes a quintessential high school experience—prom—and fills it with detours and secrets that make it impossible to put down. Across two timelines and multiple POVs, Snow paints an authentic, sensitive picture of depression and shows us how friendship is a delicate but resilient thing. I wish I could hand this to every teen girl trying her best and fearing she isn't enough. (She is.)"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    I don’t really know what it was, but I could not get into this story to save my life. While I did grow to enjoy the complex and unique relationships between the girls and the other characters, it took me a while to get there. My reading experience was rather disjointed - while I was expecting to love the “before” chapters to get all the history and background and the emotional weight of the “now”, it fell flat. Which was a huge problem because I didn’t care about all the impactful moments that l I don’t really know what it was, but I could not get into this story to save my life. While I did grow to enjoy the complex and unique relationships between the girls and the other characters, it took me a while to get there. My reading experience was rather disjointed - while I was expecting to love the “before” chapters to get all the history and background and the emotional weight of the “now”, it fell flat. Which was a huge problem because I didn’t care about all the impactful moments that led to where the characters currently are. The book also had a personal reading pet peeve, where modern media and pop culture is heavily referenced in some scenes, and it always pulls me out of the story. But that’s just a “me” issue and likely won’t impact everyone’s enjoyment of the story. I did like that each of the four girls were distinct - if a bit stereotypical - and had different relationships within their friend group. I also thought that depression and suicide were handled very well in the story, and offered a personal perspective we don’t always get to see - depress isn’t always just sadness, apathy can play a part as well. I always want to pick up friendship stories, and while this one didn’t quite live up to my expectations, it did have some shining moments. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Sometimes we keep secrets to protect others, and sometimes we keep them to protect ourself, but things started to spiral out of control for these four friends, when all of their secrets began to unravel. • Pro: Female friendship for the win! These four had a relationship that hit a few snags, but they were steadfast and stood by each other, even when things got really messy. • Pro: I adored all four of these young women. They were quite different from each other, but complemented Rating: 4.5 Stars Sometimes we keep secrets to protect others, and sometimes we keep them to protect ourself, but things started to spiral out of control for these four friends, when all of their secrets began to unravel. • Pro: Female friendship for the win! These four had a relationship that hit a few snags, but they were steadfast and stood by each other, even when things got really messy. • Pro: I adored all four of these young women. They were quite different from each other, but complemented and balanced each other out really well. • Pro: It's not a secret that there was a suicide attempt in this book, but it was handled really well by the author. The part that put me in tears was when they were talking about depression. I swear Snow stole the words from my head, and I can only hope some people, who have never suffered from this disease, may take something away from that discussion. • Pro: Balance is important for me, and Snow did a wonderful job striking the right combination of heavy and light in this book. There was actually a LOT of humor, and I know I laughed quite a bit, but I also shed tears or got mad when appropriate. • Pro: I was fan of the dual timeline. The past POV came from Elin, while the present came predominately from the other three characters. It made sense, and it worked really well with helping me understand the affect Elin's suicide attempt had on the group dynamic, as well as, how Elin changed leading up to the attempt. • Pro: The end of the book really hit me in the feels, and although I would have liked to have spent a little more time with this fabulous group of friends, I was grateful for the hopeful ending Snow gifted me. I may not have all the answers my needy self wants, but I got enough information regarding the near future for each character to make me happy. Overall: A moving story of friendship and the lengths some will go to when protecting their friends, which struck there perfect balance for me and left me with a full heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  5. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    4.5 STARS Elin’s three best friends think showing her an epic prom night will help her move on from her suicide attempt. Then Elin goes missing at prom, sending her friends on a frenzied search, worrying for the worst. RuthAnne Snow’s debut novel kept me interested from start to finish. Elin’s three friends has distinct, unique personalities. I always knew whose first person point of view I was reading. Elin’s personality was less fleshed out, her chapters were in third person, which may have been 4.5 STARS Elin’s three best friends think showing her an epic prom night will help her move on from her suicide attempt. Then Elin goes missing at prom, sending her friends on a frenzied search, worrying for the worst. RuthAnne Snow’s debut novel kept me interested from start to finish. Elin’s three friends has distinct, unique personalities. I always knew whose first person point of view I was reading. Elin’s personality was less fleshed out, her chapters were in third person, which may have been the reason I felt like I didn’t really know her. WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS deals with issues of friendship, family, dating, misogyny and depression. Snow does a great job of showing that depression has many faces, including smiling on the outside. Depression doesn’t need a reason to exist. In many cases it’s biological. All the fortune in the world doesn’t prevent biological depression. The slut shaming Ket experienced vs the sex-positive relationship she wanted to have with herself is an important issue rarely addressed in YA literature. Most teenagers (and adults) have been guilty of believing rumors about sexual activity, whether we want to admit it or not. No matter how edified we wish to be, we’ve probably misjudged whether that be a celebrity, peer or politician. Ket is a reminder why we shouldn’t judge. Communication is another important theme permeated throughout #WhenTheTruthUnravels . The ending of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS felt a little cheesy, but complete. I can’t wait to see what Snow writes next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    Review also found at Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Breathtaking. Would it be weird to just leave my review as that simple word? Because, right now, as I recover from this beauty, I can't think of any other word. None. I couldn't put When the Truth Unravels down. It completely wrecked me in the best way possible. This book was so moving and had a very accura Review also found at Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Breathtaking. Would it be weird to just leave my review as that simple word? Because, right now, as I recover from this beauty, I can't think of any other word. None. I couldn't put When the Truth Unravels down. It completely wrecked me in the best way possible. This book was so moving and had a very accurate representation of depression and the relationships between teenage girls that hold everyday complexities. “...no one, not even you, will ever lie about you like your depression.” While many YA contemporaries, especially newly released ones, lack the realistic tone of traits that make them a teenager, RuthAnne Snow accomplishes everything one could hope for in the genre. I never once felt like these young adults weren't, well, young adults. Each of the characters feel just in our reach; portraying certain archetypes that make up an individual. They all are very different from one another, which is what makes them feel so connected. I felt like a lot of this book's tone (not prose/style) was very reminiscent of what Ellen Hopkins books made me feel. I walked away from this book feeling somehow lighter and heavier, because the weight of When the Truth Unravels feels so very present long after you close it. It's indescribable. I wish I had a book like this as a teenager. I really do. It's just... wow. When the Truth Unravels biggest strength, and negative, is the rotating POV. And I will admit that I had a moment at the start of the book where I had a difficult time with the different POVs. But once I got used to the characters, I really felt drawn into the story. The more things began to unravel, the easier it was to follow. Snow's writing has this electricity to it that ties into the readers emotions, tugging them dead center into what each of the narrators feel at the exact moment they feel it. Of all the characters, I felt drawn to Ket and Rosie the most, but Elin's voice is the novels heart and soul. Jenna creates another layer of emotional depth (and turmoil) that packs a serious punch to it and makes your heart literally ache. Even the more minor characters play a massive (!!!!!!!) part of When the Truth Unravels: from the stereotypical douche-bag teenage boy, to the charming boy next door, to an unexpected ally at school and more. This is one of the more accurate releases in YA that I've seen in a while and it's such an important release of 2019. I cannot stress that enough. It had all the representation I'd hoped for based on the blurb and really, really felt exceptionally real. RuthAnne Snow exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to see more from her in the future. When the Truth Unravels is a total must-read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thamy

    This plot goes deep but it's not emotional like The Last Time We Say Goodbye or anything. If anything, it kind of felt like a thriller, though there was no actual reason for me to feel that way. Still, with every plot twist I felt we'd end up having to run for our lives. Well, if this were a whodunnit at all, the answer is too clear—depression is a B. And the book did sound like it was a 'who's gonna be its next victim?'. But I'm babbling even before saying what it really is about. We have the po This plot goes deep but it's not emotional like The Last Time We Say Goodbye or anything. If anything, it kind of felt like a thriller, though there was no actual reason for me to feel that way. Still, with every plot twist I felt we'd end up having to run for our lives. Well, if this were a whodunnit at all, the answer is too clear—depression is a B. And the book did sound like it was a 'who's gonna be its next victim?'. But I'm babbling even before saying what it really is about. We have the points of views of four friends surrounding mostly the aftermath of a suicide attempt. There are so many books on the hardships of those who survive the suicide of a beloved one, and this book tells us, with reason, it's almost as hard if the person failed. Why did she do it? Will she do it again? Did my friendship fail her? Did I almost kill her? Am I worthy? Should I be next? Without being overly dramatic that's what the book was about. All the girls were amazing. I cheered for each of them to be happy. And what I most loved was that they were really friends. Of course they doubt their bonds after the tragedy, but the reader can see the very doubt is born out of love for one another. So I wanted more than them to be happy, I wanted the four to be happy together, even if high school was ending and each would go her way. An important question is whether this will pull any triggers. I didn't feel it was too graphic, but they do describe this or that. Also, suicide is still an ever present topic, though it was more like the elephant in the room for the major part of the story. So be warned. Though I'm no expert, I think it deals with the topic in a great way. I wish I could spoil to you why I applauded it hard in the end, but I was more than relieved, I felt very glad for the reason the author gives to the suicide attempt, since I think many books on the topic tend to pick the other way for drama. But no spoilers. I didn't notice this get so long, so I'll only say this is a solid 4. I'm not so into "this is the story of three/four girls", and I'm glad I opened an exception. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Clark

    I am so grateful to have gotten to read an early copy of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS. Told through the revolving POVs of four best friends on the night of their senior prom, WTTU tackles challenging issues while being funny, engaging, and compulsively readable. I love these friends, their complexities and quirks, their loyalty and tensions. Snow manages to capture the multi-layered reality of friendships, the good and the bad, all wrapped up in a fast-paced and entertaining package. I loved it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Prerna Pickett

    I was fortunate enough to do a sensitivity read for The Truth Unravels and let me tell you, you definitely want to get your hands on this one when it releases! The friendships are EVERYTHING. They're real, painful, beautiful. In fact, a lot of the instances reminded me of my own friendships in high school. Each girl has a clear, distinct voice, and each plays a pivotal role in the story. RuthAnne handled the tough subject matters of depression and suicide with care but didn't shy away from the r I was fortunate enough to do a sensitivity read for The Truth Unravels and let me tell you, you definitely want to get your hands on this one when it releases! The friendships are EVERYTHING. They're real, painful, beautiful. In fact, a lot of the instances reminded me of my own friendships in high school. Each girl has a clear, distinct voice, and each plays a pivotal role in the story. RuthAnne handled the tough subject matters of depression and suicide with care but didn't shy away from the reality. I enjoyed reading the before sections of the novel as well as the aftermath, it helped get a clearer picture of why each character had reached the point they were at during prom night. It was also very clever to have the majority of the story take place over the course of one night. All in all I laughed, I cried, I got annoyed because let's be real, characters can, and are allowed to, be annoying and make mistakes. Add it to your TBR Pile asap, you don't want to miss out on this one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Coon

    Welp, I’m all done. WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS has unraveled ME. Snow has woven four POVs into a friendship tale full of heartache (oh, the heartache), loyalty, humor, and love. The mystery surrounding Elin’s prom disappearance and the risks they each take to show one another how much their friendship really means, will leave readers on the edges of their seats, desperate for more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gail Shepherd

    Handling multiple points of view in one novel is difficult to pull off, but RuthAnne Snow manages it with grace as she unravels the mystery at the heart of an intense friendship between four high school girls--Elin, Jenna, Rosie, and Ket. Told in alternating points of view from each of the four main characters, at its core this friendship story is about communication and the lack of it--what we tell (to whom) and what we hide (from whom), and how keeping important secrets damages intimacy. Snow' Handling multiple points of view in one novel is difficult to pull off, but RuthAnne Snow manages it with grace as she unravels the mystery at the heart of an intense friendship between four high school girls--Elin, Jenna, Rosie, and Ket. Told in alternating points of view from each of the four main characters, at its core this friendship story is about communication and the lack of it--what we tell (to whom) and what we hide (from whom), and how keeping important secrets damages intimacy. Snow's virtuoso technique makes all four narrators somewhat unreliable--they don't know what they don't know about a prior suicide attempt and the sudden disappearance of Elin on prom night. The gaps in their narratives ratchet up the tension in ongoing dramas that include sexual blackmailing, a budding romance, a mishandled breakup, a misplaced cell phone, and a big romantic misunderstanding. It's painful to see the girls' tight friendships unravelling even as they genuinely try to do the right thing for Elin, often working at cross purposes. And the big reveal about why Elin tried to commit suicide is completely unexpected because of how damn real it feels. This lovely novel about four strong-willed girls has a lot to tell us about the ways friendships can be tested, and ultimately reinvented and nourished, around issues of mental illness. Note: I read an Advance Readers Copy provided by the publisher.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Milliner

    Filled with a cast of compelling characters, page-turning suspense, complicated relationships and smooth, polished writing throughout, this debut YA novel is a terrific read. It can also generate thought-provoking discussion among teens and their friends, or parents. Definitely recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    Disclaimer: I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss. This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased. When the Truth Unravels is fabulous. There's mystery laced through the pages, but even more so it's a book about telling our truths and finding support in friendship. Sometimes there are secrets we can't even tell our best friends. This multiple POV novel looks at a mystery, Elin's disappearance on Prom night and unravels all these threads about what happened. What sec Disclaimer: I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss. This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased. When the Truth Unravels is fabulous. There's mystery laced through the pages, but even more so it's a book about telling our truths and finding support in friendship. Sometimes there are secrets we can't even tell our best friends. This multiple POV novel looks at a mystery, Elin's disappearance on Prom night and unravels all these threads about what happened. What secrets have we been keeping from each other, and can our friendship survive these hidden truths. It's a tender story about depression, self-confidence, and never feeling like we can be enough. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm a sucker for books that involve strong female friendships. I often feel like a lot of authors prefer the frienemy over the BFF, so I was really excited about RuthAnne Snow's debut, When the Truth Unravels, a story about 4 best friends hiding a secret about Elin's suicide attempt and secrets about themselves. This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm a sucker for books that involve strong female friendships. I often feel like a lot of authors prefer the frienemy over the BFF, so I was really excited about RuthAnne Snow's debut, When the Truth Unravels, a story about 4 best friends hiding a secret about Elin's suicide attempt and secrets about themselves. But the thing about secrets is they catch up to you and almost always come out. And that is what happens to Elin, Rosie, Ket and Jenna in this fantastic story. When the Truth Unravels is the story of 4 girls trying to find the fact that one of them tried to commit suicide a month ago. Rosie. Ket and Jenna will do anything to help protect their friend, Elin, including pretending that everything is okay and trying to have the perfect prom night. But the fact is, everything isn't okay. Each girl is dealing with their own secrets and trying to keep it all together. And then Elin goes missing and everything falls apart. The friendship was hands-down the best part of this. These 4 girls were so different from each other yet they all worked as a unit. They played their differences off one another and it made them a strong group. But they also held a lot back from one another which caused more friction. Almost losing Elin put strain on each of them and they dealt with it differently, but in the end they were there for one another. I couldn't help but fall in love with Rosie and Ket's stories more than Jenna and Elin's, but I loved how they all worked combined. And speaking of Elin, Snow took on a huge task with Elin's story line and her attempted suicide. It was heavy and dark, but it was handle so incredibly well. The way the Elin's story was told managed to keep the darkness to a minimum, but not make it insignificant. The balance was well done and as a reader you were able to understand Elin's pain and how she got to the place she was at, but you were also able to see her hope. All in all this book was amazingly written. The story was perfectly crafted to show flawed friendships with a deep love. You will laugh and cry and find yourself wanting more; more from these charcters and more from this new writer. Make sure you add this to your TBR!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tonyalee

    I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I read this boks months ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. It’s just, SO GOOD! In their efforts to keep things normal, Rosie, Ket, and Jenna decide to have a girls only prom night for their friend, Elin after she tried to commit suicide. Things don’t go as planned, and when Elin disappears, their effort to hide her secret, and secr I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I read this boks months ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. It’s just, SO GOOD! In their efforts to keep things normal, Rosie, Ket, and Jenna decide to have a girls only prom night for their friend, Elin after she tried to commit suicide. Things don’t go as planned, and when Elin disappears, their effort to hide her secret, and secrets of their own, start to unravel. We have our pick of books to choose from about suicide, and those stories leading up to those events. But, what happens AFTER? How does it affect friends, family, and yourself? How to move past that, and heal? I loved that we got all the girls’ POV, and the flashbacks from Elin’s view. Each girl is so unique and has their own story to tell, and RuthAnne really brought out their voices. I also love how well she wrote about the AFTER effects of a suicide attempt, from all aspects. From sadness, to anger, to pity. It was very well written and I appreciate that. Aside from the fantastic writing, I loved the friendship between the girls. They have secrets, yes, and keep things from each other, yes, but it was genuine. They each bring something different to the circle and they balance each other out well. This made me laugh. It made me tear up. It has the brutal honesty of secrets, depression and a suicide attempt; and how your family and closet friends handle it. And it made my heart heavy with happiness with the all the friendship love. When The Truth Unravels is a must read. One of my favorite reads of 2018. Highly recommend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    Prom night the quintessential high school experience from the viewpoint of four friends—including one who attempted suicide and she’s missing. Each friend has their own struggles as they are trying to hold themselves and each other together. What I loved 🖤🖤🖤: 1. The setting. Utah isn’t often the setting in YA novels and it was fun to read about my home state. But now I really want a dirty soda from Sodalicious and maybe a cookie too. 2. The four distinct voices...sometimes when there’s multiple PO Prom night the quintessential high school experience from the viewpoint of four friends—including one who attempted suicide and she’s missing. Each friend has their own struggles as they are trying to hold themselves and each other together. What I loved 🖤🖤🖤: 1. The setting. Utah isn’t often the setting in YA novels and it was fun to read about my home state. But now I really want a dirty soda from Sodalicious and maybe a cookie too. 2. The four distinct voices...sometimes when there’s multiple POVs it’s hard to tell who is the narrator, not at all the case with this book. Each voice was uniquely teen and brought a different perspective to the story. And each friend showed that a suicide attempt effects more than just the individual. 3. The suicide attempt. If you’re not from Utah, you might not know that suicide rates are really high here, especially among teens. Suicide has touched my family and the neighborhood I grew up in. I felt that the author treated this very difficult subject with honesty and with sympathy. But in no way encouraged teens to romanticize it (Thank you!!!) 4. Ket is being bullied sexually and how she handles it... and how her friends handle it. No spoilers. 5. The message that you’re not alone and that you aren’t broken. This was POWERFUL. This book made me laugh. It made me cry. And made me think...the most important thing a book can do.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Krysti

    WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS is a stunning contemporary YA novel about friendship, family, and the challenges faced by modern day teens. It’s beautifully written and utterly addictive with a tremendous depth of emotion. This is one 2019 debut you don’t want to miss! I was completely engrossed by the story of these four friends. Snow does an amazing job of not only exploring the feelings of depression that prompt Elian’s attempt, but also of portraying the aftermath and the emotional impact it has on a WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS is a stunning contemporary YA novel about friendship, family, and the challenges faced by modern day teens. It’s beautifully written and utterly addictive with a tremendous depth of emotion. This is one 2019 debut you don’t want to miss! I was completely engrossed by the story of these four friends. Snow does an amazing job of not only exploring the feelings of depression that prompt Elian’s attempt, but also of portraying the aftermath and the emotional impact it has on all of her friends as well. While I would caution readers that the topic of suicide can be triggering for some, I do feel that this book is an important read as well as an entertaining one. It really discusses the importance of having tough conversations with your friends and loved ones even if it makes them mad, even if it makes you the unfun friend for a minute, and that’s something that everyone, teens and adults alike, need to be more mindful of. This was such an impressive debut novel, and I can’t wait to see more from Snow in the future!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kara J McDowell

    This book BLEW ME AWAY. I don't cry very often when reading, but this book absolutely wrecked me. Friendship is the beating heart of this book, and Snow's portrayal of the complications and loyalty that accompanying high school friendships is spot on. Elin, Jenna, Ket, and Rosie are, nuanced, dynamic characters, and I fell in love with all of them as the pages flew by. And holy cow, this book is so funny. Snow deftly tackles serious subject matter in a light-hearted way, and I found myself altern This book BLEW ME AWAY. I don't cry very often when reading, but this book absolutely wrecked me. Friendship is the beating heart of this book, and Snow's portrayal of the complications and loyalty that accompanying high school friendships is spot on. Elin, Jenna, Ket, and Rosie are, nuanced, dynamic characters, and I fell in love with all of them as the pages flew by. And holy cow, this book is so funny. Snow deftly tackles serious subject matter in a light-hearted way, and I found myself alternatively laughing and gasping on almost every single page. For fans of YA contemporary, WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS is impossible to put down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kip

    What a page-turner! I loved the way the story unfolds through the four POVs and two timelines, but I especially loved that this was above all else a friendship story--between the four protagonists, their best (male) friend, and some new people they open up to when least expected. Great read for fans of realistic YA!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Wow! I'm so proud of my friend RuthAnne for writing this and getting published! So cool. And beyond that, I really enjoyed the book. I just stayed up too late finishing it, when I had other important work I should have been doing instead. And I must say--YA fiction is not my favorite or my regular go-to genre, but this book drew me in and had me hooked. It was a cohesive blend of teen drama, mystery, romance, and some heavy topics as well (depression, suicide, bullying, sex)--none of which appea Wow! I'm so proud of my friend RuthAnne for writing this and getting published! So cool. And beyond that, I really enjoyed the book. I just stayed up too late finishing it, when I had other important work I should have been doing instead. And I must say--YA fiction is not my favorite or my regular go-to genre, but this book drew me in and had me hooked. It was a cohesive blend of teen drama, mystery, romance, and some heavy topics as well (depression, suicide, bullying, sex)--none of which appeared heavy handed or corny to me. The book just had a very honest feel. I liked the way the girls talked--in modern lingo that I could totally hear in my head and relate to as the way I know certain people in my life talk. Each girl had a unique voice and personality, too, which is always important to me in novels. I must admit I loved the romance parts, and I think the author should do a romance novel next (hint, hint, RuthAnne). I'd love to hear more from Rosie and FDR. And lastly, I have to say I broke out in a huge smile when I caught on to the Little Women parallels! The book is not an attempt to modernize Little Women (such as with Clueless/Emma or Bridget Jones' Diary/Pride and Prejudice). The plots of the two stories don't align completely, but small pieces of this story are certainly inspired by Little Women (the romance pieces in particular), as are some of the characters' names. Great job, RuthAnne!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *3.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Jenny, Rosie, Elin and Ket are a tight group of friends. Well, at least they were. Ever since Elin tried to kill herself, things have been messy between them and a lot of secrets are being kept. Our story starts a couple months after Elin's suicide attempt and today is prom and a lot is about to happen. A lot. The story was told through the four girls' points of view. At first, Elin's chapters were flashbacks. The whole *3.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Jenny, Rosie, Elin and Ket are a tight group of friends. Well, at least they were. Ever since Elin tried to kill herself, things have been messy between them and a lot of secrets are being kept. Our story starts a couple months after Elin's suicide attempt and today is prom and a lot is about to happen. A lot. The story was told through the four girls' points of view. At first, Elin's chapters were flashbacks. The whole present day story is only of prom day (and night). I liked the way this was told but I had trouble getting into the story at first and remembering which character was which. Even as I got into it, I couldn't always remember the parents dynamics. The characters were pretty interesting but I couldn't relate with most of them, I feel like they were so spread apart through the points of view that it was hard to fall for them, or to relate with them. I didn't really like Jenna, nor Ket. I was somewhat conflicted about Elin but I did really like Rosie. The dynamics between them were really interesting though. The friendship was the key of this story and it was very layered and captivating. I also enjoyed the dynamics with the other students and the men that were kinda part of the group. A lot happened, lots of drama but it didn't seem too unrealistic. I really enjoyed the plot. All in all, this was a pretty interesting debut. I will definitely keep an eye out from new books by this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I absolutely loved this debut novel, which truly did not feel like a debut! I am a big fan of multi-POV books when they're done well, and Ms. Snow definitely did this well. The four main characters, all best friends, are unique in their voices and their stories, and I felt attached to every one of them for different reasons. The four plan a prom night for the ages, in hopes of making things "normal" again after Elin's attempted suicide earlier in the year. However, on prom night Elin goes missin I absolutely loved this debut novel, which truly did not feel like a debut! I am a big fan of multi-POV books when they're done well, and Ms. Snow definitely did this well. The four main characters, all best friends, are unique in their voices and their stories, and I felt attached to every one of them for different reasons. The four plan a prom night for the ages, in hopes of making things "normal" again after Elin's attempted suicide earlier in the year. However, on prom night Elin goes missing, and the other three frantically search for her, discovering truths about each other--amd themselves--along the way. This is a stunning story of friendship, love, and discovering who you are, and I highly recommend to any fan of YA. This is one you should definitely pick up!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Martin

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and ohhhh goodness did it slay me. RuthAnne's writing is beautiful, and she manages to make each of these girls feel nuanced and so alive. She infuses a lot of humor alongside serious subject matter, and there are so many sneaky gut-punch moments as well. I'm not someone who cries super easily from books, but this one got me (even on a subsequent read). Highly recommend for anyone looking for complex female friendships!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Wright

    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book and was truly moved by the sensitive look at what kind of adult emotions and problems are eddying around and under the quintessential teenage preparation for the prom. This book is a beautiful look at friendship and struggle and that tipping-point moment of imminent departure from childhood that the end of high school represents. Anyone who was ever a teen and remembers that it wasn't all pompons and yearbooks will love this story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    heather - NightlyReading

    DNF I tried so hard to get into this book. It just wasn’t happening for me. I enjoyed the chapters each being by a different POV and the heading with the time. This part was very creative but the storyline seemed jumbled to me and was very hard to follow. It may be from the very brief introduction to each of the different characters? Which there were many. I read up to chapter five thinking that maybe something would spark and I would become invested but nothing did. I will give this author anothe DNF I tried so hard to get into this book. It just wasn’t happening for me. I enjoyed the chapters each being by a different POV and the heading with the time. This part was very creative but the storyline seemed jumbled to me and was very hard to follow. It may be from the very brief introduction to each of the different characters? Which there were many. I read up to chapter five thinking that maybe something would spark and I would become invested but nothing did. I will give this author another chance. There are many others that enjoyed this book so very much. It just was not for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

    this was pretty nice. actual rating: 3.75/5

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gina Denny

    So great. I love broken timelines, where bits and pieces are revealed in a non-linear way, and this one is particularly awesome.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Stanford

    Read an early version and it's fantastic! Full of flawed yet relatable characters and moments that will make you laugh and cry. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐ I feel like this book had been lying to me for good 80% of this reading experience and I'm TRIGGERED. Let's begin on a spoiler, shall we: (view spoiler)[After all the build-up and not-so-subtle clues being dropped during the "wild-goose chase," I was more than ready for some great revelation, an absolute mind-fuck of an ending. And what did I get? These extremely tame, wholesome couple of pages that swiped all the adrenaline off the table. In all honesty, were it a differen Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐ I feel like this book had been lying to me for good 80% of this reading experience and I'm TRIGGERED. Let's begin on a spoiler, shall we: (view spoiler)[After all the build-up and not-so-subtle clues being dropped during the "wild-goose chase," I was more than ready for some great revelation, an absolute mind-fuck of an ending. And what did I get? These extremely tame, wholesome couple of pages that swiped all the adrenaline off the table. In all honesty, were it a different book, I would have been mad, but considering the message of When the Truth Unravels, it did come of as realistic. There doesn't always have to be a reason, despite people striving for it, aching for it. Sometimes, depression picks you and there is nothing you can do to make it go away. (hide spoiler)] Now, with that off my chest, let me grace you with my humble opinion. Being perfectly truthful, When the Truth Unravels isn't really special. We are introduced to our set of more-or-less stereotypical teen characters: Jenna - the borderline-genius perfectionist who is an irrevocable know-it-all and indulges in every extracurricular activity available (and spontaneously drops SAT vocab, not that I minded - always up for widening my linguistic horizons) Ket - the quirky, sex-positive self-proclaimed slut who's FUN FUN FUN Rosie - the glum pessimist who was said to be an "Ice Queen" but I saw her as more of an "Insufferable Brat" And Elin - the "troubled teenage girl" who seems to be fond of fucking with feeling of people she loves the most For the first couple of chapters, I did not really see a distinctive voice separating the 4 points of view we are provided with. But fear not, they do become way more discernible as the story progresses. There was only one character from our cast of protagonists I outright disliked and that was, drum-roll please, Rosie. That bitch was annoying. After further reflection, I have concluded that my blatant distaste for her is probably a product of Lena-2-years-ago and Rosie being basically the same person. No one likes their shortcomings written into a frustrating character (even if that character has a steaming hot boy following her like a lost puppy). When the Truth Unravels is kind of a mix of everything - you have romance, mystery, kind-of-sort-of action, teenage drama, the question of mental health, self-discovery, blah-blah. And it's seriously not a bad effort even though it's kind of a mess. It could have gone a level deeper with, for an instance, Rosie's story. Or could have really dug deep into Jenna's mental turmoils. But I enjoyed the execution of Elin's story and that was the main accent of this book so I suppose it did serve it's purpose. I generally enjoy works that call attention to mental health and the importance of paying attention to small things. When the Truth Unravels was a sweet, quick read that I find to be perfectly suitable to kick-start the year. It also won't launch you into an instant reading slump which is a viable concern after the Great Slump of 2018. Conclusion? I liked it, you may too. TRIGGER WARNING: depression, self-harm, attempted suicide

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This awesome book came out in January and I believe it is Snow's first book. (As a side note, I love reading books by authors from Utah and this one is even SET in Utah--it always makes the reading experience a little more special). And I have to say I am so grateful that I read it. I love getting book mail and I wish that I could just read them all as soon as I get them. This one sat on my shelf for a few weeks while I finished a few other books first. Finally, last night I picked it up and the This awesome book came out in January and I believe it is Snow's first book. (As a side note, I love reading books by authors from Utah and this one is even SET in Utah--it always makes the reading experience a little more special). And I have to say I am so grateful that I read it. I love getting book mail and I wish that I could just read them all as soon as I get them. This one sat on my shelf for a few weeks while I finished a few other books first. Finally, last night I picked it up and then I barely put it down until I turned the final page this afternoon. The book is about a group of four friends and, besides some flashbacks, the entire novel takes place over the night of their senior prom. Elin is still recovering from her suicide attempt the previous month. Her friends still don't know why she did it and they are doing their best to help her return to normal while struggling with their own personal problems--absent parents, blackmailing exes, friend drama, getting ready for college. Just typical high school antics! Then halfway through prom, Elin goes missing and her friends must do everything they can to find her. The official review describes this book as a mixture between Paper Towns (which I've never read) and Thirteen Reasons Why of which I've only seen the Netflix series. So the book comparisons didn't help me much there but the premise sounded interesting so I gave it a chance. I ended up liking so many things about this book. The story unfolds in such a way that secrets are revealed so subtly and at the right moment that the reader is left reeling (in a good way). I could not stop flipping pages just so that I could find out what would happen next. In this sense, I feel like the title was perfect because as the prom night progresses, the truth simply unravels. I was also a little nervous about suicide being a central theme of the book. But in the end, I realized the book is really about friends banding together to help each other. They realize how strong their friendship is--something that I hope high school students can relate to as they face a mountain of real-world problems. This book is definitely YA. I probably wouldn't give it to just any of my 7th graders but maybe a select few if I felt like they could handle the book. But I think that more mature junior high as well as high school students would really enjoy this book. I'll probably be passing it on to some friends who teach higher grades than I do! It does have some swearing, references to sexuality (nothing too explicit), and underage drinking but probably not anything that you can't learn in the hallway of a high school. I definitely recommend this book as well for any adults who love a good YA book with friendship, drama, and a little bit of romance!

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