Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Undone

Review for: Undone, by Brooke Taylor.   undone
Appropriate for: YA, 12+
Overall Starred Review:
****1/2

Summary: (From Publisher’s Website)

Kori Kitzler is the "dark angel" of her high school: beautiful, mysterious, the subject of rumors. Serena Moore is just an average girl, until a run-in with Kori in the bathroom in eighth grade. When Kori tells her that they are more alike than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued, and their fateful friendship begins.

When the girls are asked to complete a writing assignment listing the five things they would want to happen--their five ways to tempt fate--Serena doesn't take it seriously. But when something tragic happens to Kori, Serena is left with her loneliness and Kori's five things. Can Serena complete her best friend's tasks, or will she leave her list undone?

Undone is a striking debut novel about friendship, family, and the secrets we keep from the people to whom we are closest.

Critical Review:

For Serena Moore, Kori Kitzler is the one to look up to: she’s got the coolest attitude, she’s a true badass, and she’s just like her. When she finds Kori smoking in the eighth-grade bathroom, she instantly clicks with her, and they become best friends. They smoke, do drugs, and hang out at clubs together. But one day, Kori gets into a tragic event, and Serena is left alone, in shock, and no one to turn to. She feels like she needs to complete Kori’s list of five things she wanted to do.

The characters in Undone are spectacular. There wasn’t one character that I ever grew bored or tired of. Plus, they were stuck in my head for days! I kept replaying scenes from the book all the time. The characters were developed lovely. I feel like it was easy to root for both of them, Kori and Serena, because they were likeable.

I also feel like Taylor’s writing was quite good. It made me feel like I was actually in the story with those characters, suffering what they were suffering. The setting of the story was key for the development, and I feel like Taylor was able to do that beautifully. I actually really enjoyed the connections between things in the beginning that at some point played a role during the ending of the story.

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