Title: Unraveling You (Unraveling You #1)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
My Rating: 4 stars
This book was an easy read with compelling characters, intriguing backstories and really great chemistry between the two characters. If you’re in need of a book that doesn’t make you work too hard, this is perfect!
Lyric Scott has always had a good life. Outgoing, spunky, and musically talented, she’s constantly surrounded by family and friends, yet she still feels there’s something missing.
Then she meets her new next-door neighbor Ayden Gregory. Mysterious, sweet, and sad, Ayden is the exact opposite of Lyric and exactly what she needs to fill the void in her life.
Ayden has been through more than most people and believes his life is always going to be rocky, so when he’s suddenly adopted by the Gregorys, he’s thrown for a turn. But even with a new, loving family, he still finds himself haunted by the memories of his old life. The only true breath of fresh air is when he’s with his best friend, Lyric Scott.
As Lyric and Ayden grow closer, the lines of their friendship start to blur. But when Ayden’s past unexpectedly pushes its way into his new life, their friendship and newfound attraction will be tested.
This book is a quick read. Its sweet and fun and a really great one for a rainy afternoon (or for when you’re travelling like myself). The story follows Aden and Lyric, two neighbours who become friends despite both being really different. Ayden has a troubled past and Lyric a good life so they bounce off each other really well.
I loved seeing them get to know each other and Lyric’s bouncing personality war against Aydens quiet soul. The musical background was cool and I really really love the interactions between the two main characters. Ayden is adopted and seeing him come into a family where all the kids were adopted with different backgrounds was really refreshing. There was no feeling of “Oh wow, Lila and Ethan are so good for adopting them” but just a sense of goodness surrounding the couple.
Ayden and Lyric are incredibly cute and they are not even a couple! The chemistry on the page is great and seeing Ayden defend Lyric and vice versa at different points and how they lean on each other is really good.
The plot was not complicated but intriguing. I wanted to know more about Ayden and his family history, even amongst everything that happens in the end. It’s messed up and awful but makes you want to keep reading. He is tortured by memories and my heart breaks for him.
While this book is really enjoyable and I usually like musical undertones, the way that thoughts were expressed as lyrics to songs is really annoying and unrealistic. As a musician who listens to a lot of music, the lyrics written and shown on page are really not how songs are written. People don’t write their songs like thoughts because the timing doesn’t work like that. I ended up skimming over a lot of these since they were really irritating.
It took me till book three to realise that Lyric is the daughter of Ella and Micha, from another series Jessica Sorenson wrote, and that Ayden is the adopted son of Lila and Ethan, from that same series. It made my reading more enjoyable knowing the backstory of the parents even though they can be read as a separate series.
Recommended for: contemporary YA romance readers who love characters with backstories!
Quotes (Spoiler Free):
“My school has apparently never seen someone so gothically adorable.” “What does that even mean?” She smirks at me. “You know, dark, mysterious, sullen, yet cute.” I gape at her. “Do you even have a filter?” She swiftly shakes her head. “No way. Where’s the fun in that?”
“Safe? The word still feels so foreign to me. Nothing like the word fear. Fear is like air.”
“But Lyric isn’t sexy. She’s fun, ridiculously happy, effortlessly beautiful, life-saving, and mind-blowing amazing. Sexy doesn’t even begin to sum her up.”
Have you read this book or any of Jessica Sorenson’s? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
xx Maddy xx