by Brooke Taylor

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

About 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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 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.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Although I have read some reviews that felt Undone was a bit predictable, I was completely taken in by the story. I wanted to know what happened to Kori that caused her to change so dramatically and understand why Serena went along with her friend's crazy ideas. Kori and Serena were both highly emotional characters and Taylor did a great job bringing those emotions off the page. I could feel the depth of Serena's loss and how utterly lost she was in her own life without Kori to ground her. All of the secrets which are revealed in the book are highly emotional as well and reveal a lot about the characters' interactions with each other and their own behaviors.I think this is a great book for older teens as there are many references to sex and drug use, as well as some foul language. Normally these are things that would turn me off to a book but they all fit into this story of rebellious (and hurting) teens. I don't think the book would have the same impact without these elements.
arielle13 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Serena is the best fried to Kori, the eccentric, totally out of the ordinary girl who everyone talks about, either good or bad. Whereas Serena is the tag along, her and Kori became friends at a young age and have been inseparable ever since. Not only are Kori and Serena always together, getting into trouble or getting out of trouble, but Serena has started acting like Kori. Trying to be as brave and as daring as her and even dying her hair. Everyone says they look alike and they even have the same birthdays, they were destined to be friends.Serena¿s life gets turned upside down when Kori¿s life is taken away and Serena is left to fend for herself and determine her fate alone. Serene encounters strange situations that she would never put herself through, but she knows Kori would, so she trys new things, meets new people, and ultimately betters herself because of it.I actually really like this book. I love that it is real and so similar to ups and downs of life as a teenager. Its about best friends and how far one will go to be there for the other, whether they are actually really there or not.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This book was seriously amazing!Brooke Taylor not only writes about the trials of teenage life, she tells it perfectly through the eyes of a teenager. I can picture all of the characters of this book as teenagers in my school, or as real adults seen through the eyes of a teenager.The book is told through the first person point of view of Serena. I love how she's so quick to think up sarcastic or witty comments , but like most teenagers edits what she says unless she's talking to her friends.The story line was amazing, i was constantly trying to find a good spot to put it down so i could study for my final exams, i couldn't even find one (i hope i passed the tests). It wasn't like most teen books these days, it had substance, and a moral, but it just added more intrigue to the story line.I can't wait to read more books from this amazing author.
Liviania on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Serena Moore is, for the most part, your average high school student. A couple of years ago her relationship with her mom deteriorated and she doesn't know why or how to repair it. She loves her best friend Kori Kitzler who is both a good and a bad influence. She's a gamer, finding refuge in the programming she can control. Although she wishes fellow computer geek Josh didn't have a crush on her. And that she could talk to Anthony Beck normally. Brooke Taylor swiftly sets up this high school atmosphere. Serena and her three closest friends are fringe popular, though they think of themselves as outcast, and are somewhere between being good girls or bad girls. Kori's angry and wild and confident. She drinks, she does light drugs, and she sleeps around. But she's got a good heart and works to help Serena find herself even as Serena resists finding herself by simply following Kori. But things change when Kori dies. Serena thought the only secret in her life was her father's identity. But now she's about to find out how many things Kori kept hidden - the least of which is the attractive shaym. Every revelation allows Serena to understand her more, even as her heart breaks further. Reading UNDONE reminded me of the first time I read LOOKING FOR ALASKA. I cried, less during UNDONE, but I had errands my mom made me run during a crucial part of the novel. I think it calmed me. But the author slowly made it better, soothing the wound as the characters healed. It's the kind of book that's a little difficult to read in parts because it gets the emotions so right. Serena, like any teenager, is self-centered. But Taylor fleshes out her world and you can catch glimpses of the journeys other characters are going on - Parker, Marci, Cole, and Lexi especially. All of them are going through difficult times as well. Their peripheral stories interact well with Serena's, allowing the secondary characters to have depth without stealing the show. Serena and Kori wrote five things to tempt fate in class with their favorite teacher, Kori with thought and Serena carelessly. But in a town called Kismet with a mother named Destiny, fate just might respond. Serena struggles to complete Kori's list but her own haunts her as well. UNDONE is an engrossing tale of relationships, secrets, and self-discovery.
xhollishx on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Serena is a loner, computer geek in the eight grade. Kori is the hot topic of the school, since the summer of infamous incidents. Serena thinks that she and Kori couldn't be any more different, especially according to the gossip that's spreading around the school. That is, until one fateful day Kori runs into Serena in the bathroom and tells Serena that they might be more alike than she thinks. Ever since then, they have become like sisters, even dying their hair the same color to look more alike. Serena lives to torture her goody two shoes mother and Kori's parents don't understand her. So, they live life as they want to, including sneaking out and going to parties. One of their favorite activity is daring each other to do things that they wouldn't normally do. Mostly it's Kori taking the lead, she's the more outgoing one and doesn't care what others think about her. In one of their classes at school, their teacher gets them to write down five things that they want to do in the future to tempt fate.Shortly after, a tragic accident happens and leaves Serena depressed and shocked. After finding Kori's list, Serena makes it her mission to finish the list out for her. Challenging herself, Serena learns there is more to her best friend than she knew about and she finds things out about herself along the way.Undone is a book that when you get to the end, you look back and want to experience it all over again. It's an amazing first novel from Brooke Taylor, who I'm sure will be around for awhile. Undone is not only grips you from the first chapter, but keeps you into the story throughout and tugs at your heartstrings in the process. This is a novel from '08 that your not soon to forget. Highly recommended!
maribs on LibraryThing 18 days ago
"We are more alike than you think." These were some of the first words that Kori spoke to Serena on the day they met. For two years they were the best of friends until the accident. Deciding to not leave her friend's greatest wishes "undone", Serena takes on her list and comes across secrets she never knew her friend was keeping. A slow start at the beginning but the second half is full of revelations that caught my interest. There was a lot of pop culture references thrown in that just seemed unnecessary and some that felt outdated. Do teens know who Bob Newhart is these days?
booksandbosox on LibraryThing 18 days ago
The concept of this one was really cool but it ended up being nothing special. For a social psych class, Serena, along with her best friend Kori, makes a list of five ways she would tempt fate. When an accident leaves Serena in possession of Kori's list she must decide if she will tempt fate in her friend's memory. It sounds interesting and the author could have done a lot with it. Unfortunately, the first 100 pages or so take place before the accident occurs and most of the time during that 100 pages, it feels like a very typical teen angst-y novel. I expected it to get much more interesting once Serena had Kori's list but, while it was quite compelling, I found Serena's absorption of Kori's personality a bit disturbing. Additionally, the "twist" ending was obvious from nearly the beginning, so that was disappointing. Some of the phrases and word choices are quite beautiful, so I may read more of this author if she continues to write.
lchs.mrso on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Undone by Brooke Taylor is about a girl named Serena who was lost in life until she met Kori. Kori was her best friend but her mother did not approve of Kori. After Kori died in a car accident Serena was lost again. Kori was her protector and watched out for her. The truth was that Serena¿s mother had a secret of her own about who Serena¿s father was. The cover was of a girl that was sad and depressed and she was different. I recommend this book for anyone.
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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