When the Truth Unravelsby RuthAnne Snow Published 01 Jan 1970
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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 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.
"When the Truth Unravels" Reviews
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.)"
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.
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.
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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.
I will be reading this as soon as I am more emotionally stable.
Many thanks to for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
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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.