Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis: Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

Rating: red-star

Finishing this book like:

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Oh man, oh man oh man oh man. You know what gentle readers? I TRIED. I need fucking giant sized cookies for trying because this book is just awful. There came a point that I decided I was just going to laugh at it and once I made that decision I enjoyed it quite immensely. And, in order to bring forth a review more entertaining I have decided to use GIFS!!

Meet Juliette – expert moper, suffering from acute teenage angstatitis. The entire world is at war but Juliette is very busy trying to mope until she can’t mope anymore. Spoiler alert: she ends the book moping.

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You think she got better from book 1? That is not so! She will share with you her angsty poor-me, whoe-me mental diatribe for about all 460 pages! Can I get a hell to the yes for that one? To add sprinkles to that cupcake we’re going to convey said feelings in a purely metaphoric manner! Throw in a few similes and voila! Instant bestseller!! By page 150 I was basically like this:

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Let’s not forget the boy troubles because there is a serious problem with the ecosystem and Juliette and Adam are acting out a poor man’s Chuck and Blair.

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We get ZERO world-building, zero adult involvement other than Castle who ended book 1 holding promise but here he walks about like a concerned professor of the history of genetic theory swimming in helplessness. It builds no tension, we don’t have a clear picture of the structure of the story and meanwhile there’s tons of pages dedicated to Juliette and Warner dancing the attraction dance.

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Somewhere around this point I decided to simply laugh at this toasted bowl of lunacy and just fucking go with it all the while enjoying the hell out of Kenji who is, without doubt, the best character Mafi has created in her life.

Some more metaphor, metaphor, simile, simile, metaphor, metaphor – blah blah over and over and caving in, shatter, splat, splat, blah blah.

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Did you know that in this book Juliette either cries or ‘blinks back tears’ a total of 21 times?

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A few more hundred pages of plot without a plot ANNNDDD we have a novel!! And how does it end you may ask? WE HAVE A CLIFFHANGER, of course we do. The popular ploy of those with not much to say but really want you to buy the next book!

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This book made me want to watch Adam Sandler movies so I can remember something more awful.

But let’s be serious for a minute here. I’ve mentioned before that some YA books translate very well to an adult palette (Lunar Chronicles, The Winner’s Trilogy) and others are specifically written to only be loved by their contemporaries and that’s the younger than 20 crowd that will in all likelihood identify with Juliette. She suffers from the Bella syndrome and unfortunately nothing can save her from being so utterly helpless and unsure. She just is what she is and I will gift the entire trilogy to a young teen I know that might completely love the books. If you’re an adult I urge you to skip this, actually run to the other side of the bookstore.

Worst line of the book:

I am falling to pieces in his arms.

My fists are full of unlucky pennies and my heart is a jukebox demanding a few nickels and my head is flipping quarters heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails

rinse and repeat 436 times.

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