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Jem Halliday is in love with her best friend. It doesn't matter that Kai is gay, or that he'll never look at her the way she looks at him. Jem is okay with that. But when Kai is outed online by one of their classmates, he does the unthinkable and commits suicide.

Jem is left to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Before he died, Kai left her twelve letters—one for each month of the year—and those letters are all Jem has left. That, and ...

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Undone

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Overview

Jem Halliday is in love with her best friend. It doesn't matter that Kai is gay, or that he'll never look at her the way she looks at him. Jem is okay with that. But when Kai is outed online by one of their classmates, he does the unthinkable and commits suicide.

Jem is left to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Before he died, Kai left her twelve letters—one for each month of the year—and those letters are all Jem has left. That, and revenge.

Although Kai's letters beg her not to investigate what happened, Jem can't let it go. She needs to know who did this, and she'll stop at nothing to find the person responsible for Kai's death. One way or another, someone is going down. Someone is going to pay.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Clarke depicts authentic teen characters who speak with crude realistic language... most will want to experience Jem's journey." - School Library Journal

"Undone is an awesome novel; it's tragic, it's powerful, and it really tugs at your heartstrings... So heart-wrenching!" - Once Upon a Bookcase

"Undone examines dark topics, makes you really think, and pulls on your heartstrings. I haven't felt so much for a book since If I Stay by Gayle Forman." - Confessions of a Book Addict

"Undone by Cat Clarke is a beautiful yet emotional read... the writing style was so good that it engaged me from the very first page." - Book Referees

"Undone is a story that will stick with me for a long time because of how emotional and intense it was and I can't wait to try some more of Cat Clarke's stories." - Book Passion for Life

"Undone is a must read — at once thought provoking and fast paced wrapped in a story that demands to be read — so if you haven't already do as the story demands!" - Books 4 Teens

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Jem and Kai have been best friends since childhood. Even though Kai is gay, Jem is in love with him. They are perfectly happy with their codependent relationship until they attend a party with the popular crowd their junior year. Both teens drink and find themselves in precarious situations. Kai's indiscretion is filmed and sent via email to all the students at school; now everyone knows he is gay. Unable to handle the humiliation, Kai commits suicide. Jem is devastated, but she realizes he has written her 12 notes to be opened each month. She craves her best friend's words. In the meantime, the protagonist has a plan. She infiltrates the cool group to find out who filmed Kai in order to exact revenge. Jem struggles with actually liking her new friends, wanting to commit suicide herself, and seeking out the perpetrator. These conflicts take a toll on her, and the fluctuating mood of the story reflects her own ups and downs. The narrator's tale is punctuated with Kai's letters and flashbacks to Jem's past. Clarke depicts authentic teen characters who speak with crude realistic language; some American readers may have trouble understanding the British slang and idioms. Issues such as rape, family, and betrayal are also explored. The author's inconsistent use of animal imagery, as Jem compares the popular people to animals they emulate, may deter some readers, but most will want to experience Jem's journey to its morbid, twisty end.—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402292255
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 272,078
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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Prologue


The boy next door.


It's a terrible cliché, isn't it? The one you eventually realize is The One after having your heart pulverized by an assortment of bad boys. We've all been there. Things were a little different for her though. She realized he was The One before she'd even met any bad boys, let alone had her heart pulverized by one. And in her case The One happened to be very much gay. That pretty much blows the cliché out of the water, don't you think?


From the day his family moved into the house that was slightly nicer and slightly bigger than hers, he was the center of all that she did. They were seven years old.


She was the one to make the first move-surprisingly forward for such a shy little creature. She'd been watching him for half an hour through a hole in the bottom of the fence, studying him to make sure he wasn't the type of boy who pulled the wings off flies or anything like that. He wasn't. He was the type of boy who would lie flat on his back in the middle of the lawn to make sure the sky above was still the same sky he'd left behind in Manchester. She didn't know what he was doing at first, of course. In fact, she thought he might be dead. Just my luck, she thought. Emily's moved to the other side of the world and a stupid boy moves into her house and goes and dies.


She briefly considered throwing a stone at his head to check his aliveness, but decided it was probably more sensible just to ask.


"Excuse me?" She was a very polite little girl because she'd been brought up by two very polite parents.


There was no response from the possibly dead boy, so she raised her voice. "EXCUSE ME! Are you dead?"


The boy slowly turned his head so he was looking straight at her face peering through the hole in the fence. His eyes were the same color as the sky and his hair was golden like...gold.


The boy narrowed his eyes. "No, I'm Kai. Are you dead?"


The girl laughed. "Of course not!"


"Good. We can be friends then." The girl liked the sound of that.


***


It was a good start. And the middle was good too. But the ending? Well, the ending left a lot to be desired. She would have written it differently if she'd had a say in the matter.


Every good story deserves a happy ending-it's a basic rule of storytelling.


The boy next door certainly shouldn't die.

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