Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel MeTitle: Unravel Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: February 5th, 2013

Interest: Series

Source: ARC gifted from friend



Summary (Goodreads):

tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it’s almost
time for war.

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.

Unravel Me is exhilarating and a nice follow up to Shatter Me, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations.  Since I’m torn about my feelings for this sequel, I’m breaking it down into what worked and what didn’t work for me.

What Worked for Me:

  • Tahereh Mafi once again stunned me with her beautiful, one of a kind, lyrical writing.  Her writing style is so original, I could be handed a page a page from one of her books without knowing the title or author and I’d be able to identify it.  There aren’t as many strike outs in Unravel Me, but the sections that are tell us so much more since there are so much fewer.  I think it would be an excellent way to teach the idea of revision during a writing unit.
  • Here are a couple of my favorite passages from the ARC **Note–Since these are from the ARC, they are subject to change**
    • “Synonyms know each other like old colleagues, like a set of friends who’ve seen the world together.  They swap stories, reminisce about their origins and forget that though they are similar, they are entirely different, and though they share a certain set of attributes, one can never be the other.  Because a quiet night is not the same as a silent one, a firm man is not the same as a steady one, and a bright light is not the same as a brilliant one because the way they wedge themselves into a sentence changes everything.”
    • “I wonder at my incapacity for easy banter, smooth conversation, empty words to fill awkward moments.  I don’t have a closet filled with umms and ellipses ready to insert at the beginnings and ends of sentences.  I don’t know how to be a verb, an adverb, any kind of modifier.  I’m a noun through and through.”

    Isn’t her writing fantastic!  Not only do these two sections create clear images, they’re sections that I’d love to use in my classroom when discussing writing and grammar.  Tahereh Mafi has such a wonderful way with words.

  • Many of the characters in Unravel Me have been developed so much more; I really like the depth.  We learn so much more about Adam’s ability and past (there are some Ohmygosh! moments).  Kenji and Castle are developed in such a way that I kept wavering between liking them and questioning their motives.

What Didn’t Work for Me:

  • I had a really difficult time liking Juliette in Unravel Me.  I understand that she’s still adjusting to being around and trusting people, but I lost my patience with her being so doubtful all the time.  It felt like her only care/focus in this book was making a love interest decision and coming to grips with her power.  There’s was too much drama between her and Adam and Warner.  I love drama, don’t get me wrong, but scene after scene of it annoyed me.
  • Unravel Me is 465 pages long and not that much really happened, at least in regards to situations outside of Juliette/Adam/Warner.  It’s exciting to learn more about characters’ powers and abilities and backgrounds, but I wanted to see more happen with the war.  So much time and focus was dedicated to Juliette being insecure and battling her emotions.  I just needed something more, something with more substance.


  1. I’m really looking forward to reading this one, but I’m wary of the love triangle aspect. But I’m excited to read more about Adam and to learn more about the other characters.

  2. Olivia Thorn says:

    I so agree with you on this one! absolutly 100% agree with you 🙂

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