First review of 2019!
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.