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I bought it!
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.
I couldn’t wait to read the latest offering from Cat Clarke. I liked Entangled, loved Torn so I was pretty much ready to adore Undone. Sometimes when you big a book up so much it doesn’t meet your high expectations, but luckily for me Undone reached and exceeded my expectations.
Cat Clarke’s writing is so honest and easy to read. Her characters as I’ve mentioned before, aren’t always likeable but in some way I always manage to make a connection with them. I can’t stop thinking about this story and that just proves to me how good the book is. Undone is easy to read because it is gripping. However, the subject matter is intense. It deals with homophobia, bullying, grief and suicide.
Undone is a story full of grief and revenge. Jem is in love with her gay best friend Kai. When he is outed online, Kai soon takes his own life. Jem is understandably devastated and quite ready to do the same. She receives some letters one for every month of the first year of his death. Jem now has part of Kai to hold on to and it also buys her some time to find out who did it to Kai before she takes her own life.
One thing I like about Cat Clarke is that she doesn’t shy away from broken characters. Jem is an incredibly broken character and the reader really feels her grief and her rage. Jem’s rage completely consumes her and becomes her reason to live. This doesn’t make her a very ‘nice’ character but Cat writes the character so well that you can completely understand where she’s coming from.
Undone is completely breathtaking. I couldn’t believe the ending which I certainly didn’t see coming. I also didn’t see who outed Kai coming either… A thoroughly enjoyable young adult read.
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