And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.
When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.
PRAISE for UNFOLDING
An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Gullary, Oklahoma, a former mining town that is now dominated by a maximum security prison and ruled by a group of vigilantes called the Circle, has always been prone to violent storms. White narrator Jonah, afflicted with scoliosis and epilepsy (aka "Old Rickety"), is more preoccupied with Stormi, a "free and wild" spirit with a healing touch and psychic powers, than storms. Wandering in and out of occasionally florid flashbacks peppered with fake Latin, self-deprecating humor, and self-pity, Jonah recounts the awkward evolution of his friendship with Stormi and his misadventures with Old Rickety and his twisted spine. When Stormi predicts a tragic accident and comes under the Circle's suspicion, she and Jonah flee Gullary, learning its dark secret along the way. Someoneor somethingwants justice, and they're its instruments. Several plot points pass in a whirlwind of explanations, losing some emotional impact. Tired tropes, such as epilepsy as a harbinger of evil spirits, abound. However, when the dust settles, some strong character development remains. The biblical, ominous atmosphere of Gullary provides a vivid backdrop for Jonah's and Stormi's feelings of longing and alienation, which are further explored through occasionally poignant banter and conflicted family relationships. The almost-romance is engaging. A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18) -- Kirkus Reviews
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY
TOP TENS LIST
– Please share your favorite 10 characteristics of a great friend
Honest (Though this really hurts.)
Quick to laugh
Quick to cry
Willing to try new things
Is that 10? Yep! There you go. I think I am about half of those things, half of the time.
About The Author
Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.
- 4 Winners will receive a Copy of Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen
--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
- 1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen
January 30th Monday CBY Book Club TENS LIST
January 31st Tuesday JeanBookNerd VLOG & INTERVIEW
February 1st Wednesday Mama Reads Blog REVIEW
February 1st Wednesday Book Hounds YA SPOTLIGHT
February 2nd Thursday Kendra Loves Books REVIEW
February 2nd Thursday The Silver Dagger Scriptorium SPOTLIGHT
February 3rd Friday Captivated Reading DREAM CAST
February 4th Saturday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
February 4th Saturday Kara the Redhead SPOTLIGHT
February 5th Sunday Insane About Books TENS LIST
February 6th Monday A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
February 7th Tuesday The Avid Book Collector REVIEW
February 8th Wednesday Rose's Book Corner REVIEW
February 8th Wednesday TTC Books and More FAVORITE LIST