Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This series just keeps getting better. I hummed and hawed over the first few chapters of the first book, but now I cannot get enough. Reading through these books is like watching a child grow up on the pages within the course of hours rather than years. Juliette's fears and the sheltered life she has led because of the Reestablishment are thrown aside as she discovers who she really is at Omega Point. From the staggered thoughts she had as a confined inmate of the so-called asylum to the complex strategies she implements - you would think it is almost two different people, and in a way it is. But even as Juliette strives to better herself, her new world-view makes everything else she's had to cling onto change. Her feelings, her perceptions, her strength. It's all in flux.
The author really does a brilliant job in portraying the issues Juliette has to deal with, especially the struggle within herself to accept who she is and what she can do . . . and learn to realize that you have to be true to you and it's okay if others can't accept that. Like school and jobs, there are stages in life, and not everyone you love will have a role in each phase you're meant to go through. I loved this just as much, if not more, than the first novel in the series. Beautifully written.
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