Review: Undone by Cat Clarke


by Cat Clarke
Publication date: January 31st 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Contemporary
Source: eArc sent by publisher
in exchange for an honest review

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Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it.

Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online … and he kills himself.

Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down.

A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.

~My Thoughts~

After reading the first line or two of the synopsis, I really couldn’t wait to read Undone. Perhaps I have a morbid fascination for reading about people that fall in love with someone they can’t have. I’m not sure why, but as soon as I found out that our main character falls in love with her gay best friend, I was like, “YES! I must read this.” In the beginning it felt a bit reminiscent of that movie P.S. I Love You because of the letters left behind by Jem’s best friend, Kai, and they were delivered at such a perfect time, too. It makes me wonder what it would be like to read letters from someone after they have passed on. My problem with these particular letters, though, is that they were written by a teenager who was about to kill himself, not a husband dying of a fatal disease. The letters made sense in the movie, but not so much here. I can understand wanting to get a message to your best friend, but how could he have been so chipper during a time like that? It didn’t add up for me.

Jem had no other friends except Kai from a very young age, so when Kai left she wanted to kill herself too. She couldn’t get out of bed, she stopped going to school, even refused to be an active part of her family. On the day she was going to kill herself the letters were delivered by Kai’s sister. One letter for every month and Jem wasn’t allowed to read them prior to the date selected for each month. This gave Jem something to look forward to, receiving a piece of her best friend every month. That also turned into a sense of purpose for Jem — she wasn’t going to let someone get away with Kai’s death.

There were parts of this story that were captivating and emotional, but there were certain times I felt the pacing was too slow. I wanted it to move faster, reveal a bit more, and get my heart pumping. I also wish I would have been able to connect with Jem, but it never happened, which is probably why I didn’t fall in love with the book.

Overall Undone is a good story that deals with some seriously emotional topics, but it certainly wasn’t my favorite. I am, however, interested in checking out other books by this author.

~About the Author~

cat clarke

Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes cheese A LOT, especially baked camembert.

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Wife, homeschooling mom, YA author of paranormal, dark fantasy, and horror, huge fan of the Oxford comma, book blogger, crafter, baker of sweet things, lover of the culinary arts, self-appointed zombie slayer.