Undone

Undone

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by Brooke Taylor
     
 

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When Kori Kitzler, the "dark angel" of the eighth grade, tells Serena Moore that they are more alike than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued. But after their friendship solidifies and a twist of fate yanks Kori away from Serena, she will need to find a way to complete her best friend's life left undone.

Overview

When Kori Kitzler, the "dark angel" of the eighth grade, tells Serena Moore that they are more alike than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued. But after their friendship solidifies and a twist of fate yanks Kori away from Serena, she will need to find a way to complete her best friend's life left undone.

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Publishers Weekly

In a sometimes overwrought voice, 15-year-old Serena Moore narrates a story that feels all the more familiar for every twist put in by the debut author. Raised in a small upscale Colorado town by a mother who's flatly refused to disclose the identity of her father, Serena falls under the influence of Kori, a girl from the right side of the tracks who's turned into the school wild child. When Kori dies in a car accident, Serena takes it on herself to fulfill the five secret dreams Kori dashed off, at their favorite teacher's suggestion, as ways to "tempt fate," and the list holds clues to Serena's mother's clandestine nighttime disappearances and to her paternity. Taylor throws in mysterious strangers, computer gaming, rock music, teen pregnancy, hidden abuse and more-these elements overcrowd the plot without deepening the linked mysteries of Serena's father and Kori's own family secrets. The results feel obvious and forced. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)

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VOYA - Diane Tuccillo
When meek Serena Moore runs into tough Kori Kitzler in the restroom in eighth grade, Kori surprisingly tells her that they are more alike than Serena thinks. So begins a startling, powerful, and edgy best friendship that does not end when Kori is suddenly killed in a car accident. Serena is devastated by the loss of her friend and guilty because she was romantically distracted when Kori left the party on that fateful night. To help herself heal, Serena sets out to fulfill the five things Kori listed that she would do to tempt fate as directed by their teacher for a writing assignment before she died-the five things Kori left undone. As Serena learns more and more about Kori, she discovers secrets about her history, learns about other relationships, and eventually uncovers the truth that her best friend is actually her half sister. Told with appropriately coarse language and depicting realistic risky situations, the story unfolds layer by layer until Serena makes discoveries not only about Kori but also about her mother, her remaining friends, and herself. Readers drawn to Looking for Alaska by John Green (Dutton, 2005/VOYA April 2005) will overlook the slightly contrived circumstances and immerse themselves in this book too. Reviewer: Diane Tuccillo
VOYA - Brianna Lefevre
Undone is a really interesting story. Serena lives a very complicated life, and this book lets readers see it from a firsthand view. I like that Serena is still trying to figure out what she is doing while she is doing it. I like a lot of the characters and the way the author portrays them. They all seem realistic with real human traits and emotions. Overall it is a great book. Reviewer: Brianna Lefevre, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
"Bad girl" Kori Kitzler offers friendship and protection to nerdy closet-geek Serena Moore at the beginning of high school. The story takes place two years later, when they are 15 and best friends. The first two chapters clumsily strain to establish Serena's character, back-story, and the depraved environment of high school with numerous references to sex, drugs, drinking, smoking and petty criminal activity. If you make it to the third chapter, it feels like you're reading a different book. The characters come to life and the story begins to unfold. The drugs, sex and other references diminish considerably and fold into the context of the story. Through Serena's eyes, the reader balances between the pressures of the teen view of adulthood and the uncomplicated childish pleasures that aren't that far in the past. Although Kori, the "fallen angel," leads Serena into several illegal or at least questionable activities, she draws a line beyond which she won't allow Serena to go. Serena's unresolved issues about her unknown father and the discovery that her mother has been living a secret life combine with Kori's death to push Serena beyond hero-worship into assuming Kori's life. Long-time friends, a stranger, an enemy, a culprit and a not-quite-believable new boyfriend help Serena finish Kori's to-do list, solve the mysteries—including that of her paternity—and get back to accepting herself. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Serena Moore, high school sophomore and self-described closet gaming geek, is saved from social obscurity only by her friendship with Kori Kitzler, a rebel and the class slut. Two years into their friendship, Serena models herself increasingly after Kori to the point that they're hard to tell apart, at least physically. When tragedy strikes, Serena deals with the loss of her friend by putting aside her own identity and fate in favor of fulfilling Kori's unrequited wishes. Numerous plotlines intertwine to create an underlying mystery that unfolds in tandem with Serena's self-actualization. Replete with the requisite, if not always realistic, witty banter that characterizes many an angst-ridden, teen-narrated tale, this absorbing novel will fit well in most contemporary fiction collections. Readers will empathize with Serena's struggle to figure out who she is and which friendships are truly valuable-even if some of the outlying plot elements are somewhat shallowly explored.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Secret online gamer Serena Moore is devastated when her bad-girl best friend Kori dies in a car accident. To alleviate her grief, she decides to complete the "Tempting Fate" list Kori started in their social psych class. In doing so, she discovers the real reason that Kori suddenly decided to take her under her wing two years prior: Kori discovered Serena's single mom was having an ongoing affair with Kori's dad and wanted to "toughen up" the relatively innocent Serena before revealing that they were actually half sisters. Instead of exploring the more interesting angle of female gaming culture, debut author Taylor has simply penned another stereotypical adolescent-seeking-identity story, complete with dark family secrets and overly earnest musings about fate. Numerous subplots and a too-large cast of secondary characters slow the action and lessen the impact of the final climax. While the self-conscious prose depends heavily on soon-to-be dated pop-culture references, this title may serve as a stopgap for those teens waiting on the next Rachel Cohn. Not an essential purchase. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802722515
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
865,059
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Brooke Taylor lives and writes from her country home in Oklahoma where her horses are a constant, but happy, distraction. Her first "real" job was as a Wrangler for a dude ranch. Since then she has worked for ski resorts in Colorado and traveled the high seas while living on cruise ships. Currently she works for a large public school district. Undone is her first novel.
Brooke Taylor lives and writes from her country home in Oklahoma where her horses are a constant, but happy, distraction. Her first "real" job was as a Wrangler for a dude ranch. Since then she has worked for ski resorts in Colorado and traveled the high seas while living on cruise ships. Currently she works for a large public school district. Undone is her first novel.

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Undone 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
What happens when the only person you think understands you is gone? It happened to Serena when she lost her friend Kori.

Her friendship with Kori started just a short time ago, but the two have come to almost define each other. Serena not only adopted Kori's look and style, but also gained her protection and support. Both girls struggle with family issues, but life seemed a bit easier when they could escape together.

Kori brought out the wild side of Serena. There were late night rendezvous, smoking, tongue piercings, and plans of a tattoo. Serena became more of a risk-taker and more sure of herself when Kori was there. Serena had other friends, but everyone took a step back when the two girls were together because their connection was special. The already rocky relationship Serena had with her mother became even edgier when her mother demanded that the two girls not see each other.

The accident was a shock to everyone. The ride Kori accepted with Parker became her last, and it left Serena with a feeling of responsibility to complete the tasks left undone by her friend. It was obvious from the funeral and memorial tribute that Kori's family didn't know her like Serena did, which meant that only Serena knew what to do to honor her memory. But when Serena began to check off the tasks on Kori's list, she began to uncover secrets about her own life.

Brooke Taylor is a YA author to keep an eye on. She realistically captures the frustration of teens trying to deal with family issues, school pressure, and finding a place to fit in. Readers from all backgrounds will be able to find themselves in Taylor's characters. The teen world of insecurities, impulsive decisions, and shifting emotions is well-developed in the storyline of UNDONE. I look forward to Ms. Taylor's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me cry alot!! But by the end i was happy again.( aside from the fact my fav character died) A real page turner!
ashleybre More than 1 year ago
otay...i got this book about a week ago and kept putting it off...i finally picked it up 2 days ago...i finished it in 1 day...it grabbed me from the first sentence...at times i wanted to put it down because it was so emotional but i couldnt...i laughed, i cried, and i got mad at it...i related to the way kori felt but i also could to ser to...i kinda got upset with who ser ended upi with but i love the guy she did end up with too...it was wonderfully written and it litterally came to life in front of my eyes...i loved it more than any other book so far...
ZoeyRedbird More than 1 year ago
When you glance at the book you really don't expect it to be that good, but it's whats on the inside that counts. This a truly amazing book for the fact I liked everything about it. The characters, the plot, the emotional feelings you get when reading it. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants find themself and enjoy a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read alot of it but my mom wont let me buy it. I like the way the author wrights she is very descriptive.
Jalyn B More than 1 year ago
My best driend and i read this book in eighth grade and it resembled the relationship between me and her. I've been looking for this book ever since. Its been about three years
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Tigerules More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time. Loved it!!!!!!
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I stayed up all night and way into the morning reading this book-its that good!
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This book was better than I thought it would be. There were many turns and surprises that I thought would never happen, like who was Kori's father. Definitely a book I would recommended to a friend
Dark-Flame More than 1 year ago
When my mom came home from a Tricky Tray with this in a basket for me, I saw it and it dragged me in. After I started reading it and brought it to school, me and my best friend started fighting over it after she read just one chapter. It's so good, I'm re-reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least 3 times. I have never reread a book before this one! It is an amazing story, I mean I just counldn't put the book down. I think that Brooke Taylor did an amazing job on this book. If someone asked me if it is a good book to read, I would defintely suggest this book to them. It includes so many different story lines and problems that the main character has to go through. It has so many emotions flowing through her. I honestly would suggest this to everyone!
Miminator More than 1 year ago
This book had me completely oblivious to everything around me. I was amazed by how well it was written, it not only seemed likr you were there in the story, it felt like you were the people. I would reccomend this book to anyone. You can completely relate to what the characters are going through throughout the whoollee book. The cover and name made me a liittlee skeptical but I am soo glad that I read this book!!
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Kelsey11 More than 1 year ago
Undone is shocking and unpredictable. With a huge turning point half-way through that leaves the main character spiraling through a web of lies and mysteries will have the reader wondering what happens next. It's impossible to put down and will leave the reader hanging until the conclusive and satisfying ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one my favorite books i really got into it just the whole suspense of the story reals you in and you cant stop reading it

i recommend this book to all teenagers
E-Max More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous! It really catches your attention with the first sentence.Definitely one of my top 5 favorite books. It really captures the spirt of young teenagers and can relate to anyone. I would recommend it to anyone who loves realistic fiction!
Lexi_p More than 1 year ago
This book was very shocking, but amazing! It hangs on to your attention. It is one of the best books that I have ever read. There are some very unexspecting parts of this book. It actaully mad me cry and laugh. There is nothing boring about this book at all. I never wanted to put it down. It is great! I would highly recommend it. It deals with some rommance, edgy, thrilling, and emotional. I've never read anything like it.