Unmaking Hunter Kennedy: A Love Story...

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy: A Love Story...

by Anne Eliot, Anne MacFarlane


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ISBN-13: 9781937815035
Publisher: Butterfly Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Unmaking Hunter Kennedy: A Love Story... 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LoveBestRomance More than 1 year ago
THE FIRST KISS...wow. WOW. This book is amazing. Romantic! Fun. Only four kisses (or five?) in the whole book but your heart is beating and in LOVE the whole time after Hunter and Vere meet. Anyone interested in the high profile life of musicians or anyone who wonders what it would be like if a rock star moved to town and fell in love with YOU should read this book. Vere and her best friend Jenna will have you laughing. Charlie, the older brother will have you cheering and shouting--as will his friend Curtis. UGH. And Hunter? Hunter Kennedy. You will fall so in love. He's got big problems, and past he has to work through and in this book he's got Vere-a real, genuine friend. Love that the book is about friendship and awkwardness and what it's like to feel shy and say all the wrong things, but sometimes (at least in this book) things work out. AND THE KISS. THE FIRST KISS. HOLD OUT FOR IT. READ THIS BOOK FOR THE FIRST KISS! RE-read this book for the first kiss.
Milinpink More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness where do I start? OK well when I started this book I thought it was going to be like pulling teeth to read. I love my angst and banter in my books I read and I pegged this one for just romancy fluff...oh boy was I wrong. I loved everything about this book. Loved the characters, the writing style, banter and the laughs oh man was I laughing. The only part I didn't was the ending because I did not want it to end. I so want more of these characters. Such a great read.
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Aramen More than 1 year ago
Uhh.... I really don't know where to begin with this book... Well lets start with the fact that this book was Awesome....Awesome....Awesome!!!! Can I say "Awesome" again? :P Add that to the fact that I haven't laughed like this in a LONG time...reminded me why is it so good to laugh like that... A very big THANK YOU to the author... Coming to the story and characters...there's nothing much to say apart from that that everyone is just absolutely perfect... I loved Hunter and Vere... they both were so well suited and created and developed for the plot that nothing was better... I LOVED Charlie... he made me laugh SO hard... Jenna complimented the whole thing in the just perfect manner.. Another thing that I liked a lot was almost... I'd say in 95% of the book, nothing and NOTHING happened as I predicted...which was refreshing as hell... I don't know what else to say but to thank the author again for presenting us with such a wonderful novel.... Kudos to you Anne Eliot!!!
Morganjs More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute book! It was totally relatable along with being hilarious. A lot of the thoughts that were going through Vere's mind is totally stuff that I have thought or done before. It was a cute story about first crushes, first kisses, and falling in love for the first time. Through in a celebrity with a secret disguise and you have a hilarious story.  I loved Vere and Hunter/Dustin's friendship. They got along so well and really are perfect for each other. I loved getting to watch them got to know each other and secretly develop feelings for each other. They were so sweet together, even when arguing. You could tell how much they cared for the other person.  I did not have many problems with this book, but there were a couple. One was the length. For a book for young people, it was way longer than I expected it to be. The other problem was how slow the book moved at times. When reading the blurb, I expected the kiss to happen by at least the middle of the book, but it wasn't until almost the end.  I recieved this book for free in return for an honest review. 
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story.  I really loved Vere, with her trademark bun and dorky choice of clothes.  She truly cares about Hunter as person, never being the "groupie" that everyone else who knows who he is really is becomes.  She is extremely loyal and protective, and when she realizes she screws up, she is the first to admit it.  Though very shy, she is also very funny and fun loving, finding extreme pleasure in the simple things of life, something that she introduces Hunter/Dustin to, something that he also finds irresistible about her.  I loved Hunter's character also.  Talk about hot, the boy has it going on, something that Vere isn't blind to, even when he is transformed into dorky Dustin.  I loved the way their relationship is based first on friendship and earning each other's trust, then facing some really deep and heart wrenching issues together, while having good times and bad times, and trying to figure out who they really are and what they mean to one another.  The romance was sweet, heartwarming, a little heartbreaking at times, and even has its hot moments.  I like the secondary characters in the book also, especially Jenna, Vere's best friend, and also Charlie, though he had his "jerk" moments.  The book is a little over 400 pages, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  The pace and character building was executed beautifully, and the balance between humor and seriousness was perfect.  I loved the whole "rock star in hiding" theme, as well as the serious issues that Eliot addresses, such as depression and teen suicide.  Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is fun, entertaining, and heartwarming.  If you love YA contemporary romance, then you should definitely check this book out. 
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Over the past year I have become a big fan of contemporary romance books, so when I was sent an invitation to be a part of this blog tour I jumped at the chance, and I'm happy to say that this book was fantastic and it has definitely been added to my favourite books of this genre. I'm sure every young girl has dreamed of their favourite celebrity falling in love with them, but what if you're a girl who is making under a celebrity that you don't really know of? Well that's what drew me to this book. Vere and her brother Charlie are roped into disguising and be-friending the gorgeous pop star Hunter Kennedy, lead singer of the group GuardeRobe. After a car accident and prank that went horribly wrong, Hunter was sent into hiding by his Mum and manager Martin. Vere's job is to turn him into a nerd, to completely disguise who he is, miraculously she has no trouble talking with Hunter, unlike her crush on her brother's best-friend Curtis, she's loved him ever since she was younger, but after "The Incident" which left Curtis in hospital, she is left a severe stammering, blushing mess everytime she comes into contact with him. As thanks for helping him, Hunter agrees to help Vere with her confidence in having a normal conversation with Curtis without embarrassing  herself, between helping with that, he also helps with a makeover and as she has never been kissed before he offers to help her with that too, but when Hunter realises that he's falling for Vere himself, what's a guy to do, especially as he knows that he will eventually end up leaving and going back to his life as a world famous celebrity. Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is a very fast, exciting and fun read, with a dose of romance that will leave you with a really good feeling, I definitely recommend this one.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is the first book I've read by Ann Eliot, and I'm definitely not disappointed. I loved high school, and this book took me back to those days. Vere is a little bit of a nerd, and definitely had her quirks. Hunter was the ultimate dream guy. He had the bad boy thing going on, he's famous, has a good sense of humor...Yeah, he had it all. Needless to say, the two were opposites, but they worked. And they were so darn cute together. The book wasn't all light and fluffy. There were serious themes woven in such as, depression and suicide. All in all, this was a super fun book to read. It was the ultimate high school fantasy and just plain fun to read. I think this is a great book for all audiences to enjoy. Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Fictional_Candy More than 1 year ago
Definitely Adding This To My Favorites List! I don't read a lot of YA romance, so when I do, I like to make sure its the best.  I would definitely add this book to that category!!  Anne Eliot has done the impossible: she's made a teenage heartthrob mega pop star a tangible dream. Hunter is a that teen star.  He is tall, blonde, beautiful perfection.  But the b.s. of it all has gotten to him, and he has an "incident" which lands him in some pretty hot water.  At the core of it is his mother, who pretty much disgusted me.  She is cold, calculating, and manipulative.  It makes me wonder how Hunter came out to be such a wonderful young adult. And as part of his punishment, he needs to spend some time in CO under disguise - and out of the public eye.  I really adored Hunter, and it was easy to feel his pain.  But then, you know he's about to enter Vere's life, and things will change. Vere is that sort of geeky awkward teen that so many young girls are.  She doesn't know she's gorgeous, and she has this self imposed social anxiety thing going on.  But she gets around Hunter, and she can be herself.  I found Vere to be very relatable and funny.  This girl's inner monologue had me grinning at times.  She has a good heart, and I really liked her. Anne Eliot's writing is fantastic.  She really has a great way with words, and the pages just flowed from one to the other.  The story was compelling and packed with emotion, it was great to feel like a kid again and feeling all of those "firsts" in the emotion department.  All of the elements of a great story are here, and I think that even if you aren't a fan of YA you won't help but love this story anyway. And women, if you want to read about a first kiss that will... that will unmake your heart, THIS is the book to read.  I mean it.  Vere's first kiss is what dreams are made of.  Well, mine are, anyway....
HookedInaBook More than 1 year ago
ust by looking at the cover you know what is going to happen..and it totally takes the whole book to get there! Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is an enjoyable read, the characters, even the pop star, is relatable and entertaining.  Hunter only wants to get back to work and continue to do what he loves.. he has people counting on him but he pulled a scary "prank" that lands him getting "Unmade". Hunter has some major life scars and his mother thinks Colorado, going to high school, and taking blending in advice from a nerdy girl named Vere and her jock brother Charlie will help him get back to his normal self.  Those two people could never be more different. Vere is an insightful, honest, beautiful girl with a major anxiety talking to guys but for some reason when Hunter comes into her life she is the most comfortable and the most herself she has ever been with a guy...other than Charlie. What is it about him that sets her so at ease? Charlie on the other hand is the stereotypical jock and way over protective brother. He is always jumping to conclusions, hot headed, and just irked me a little. I love the relationship the blooms between Hunter and Vere and the instant comfortable connection they have with each other. Vere is unlike any girl that he has ever met and all the quirks she has just make her that much more delightful. They have wonderful banter that has you chuckling to yourself at times and very serious moments when you feel it in your gut that something good is about to happen. O! and something totally does! This book was an enjoyable read but at some points the inner dialogue with themselves was a little in excess. It has vandalism, attempted suicide, and alcohol abuse weaved into the back story but the focus is mainly on first love, working through your issues, redemption, finally feeling good about yourself, and family. It was a cute read and the ending will not leave you disappointed :)Read it and you'll know what I mean!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Hunter Kennedy needs an unmaking. He has just about ruined himself and his band one night and now has to pay for it by spending a whole school year with his aunt in Colorado. Hopefully he can get his agent to work a little magic and get him out of his self-made hell. But the moment he sees the carefree girl being spun around on her brother’s back...he starts rethinking his time here. Maybe, just maybe, this unmaking will turn out to be a good thing.  Vere is anything but carefree. In fact, when it comes to guys she is an absolute freak. But when she is around Hunter, Vere actually can be herself and not act like a flailing idiot. With a little help from Hunter, she learns to come out of her shell and actually act like a teen girl. She can have conversations with guys without knocking anyone out. I was super excited to read Unmaking Hunter Kennedy for the blog tour. I had just finished Almost by Eliot not long before starting this one and I just knew it was going to be as awesome as Almost. And boy was it. Eliot takes tough topics and turns them into wonderful reads with happy endings. Don’t get her wrong…by no means does she glamorize the situations. In fact, I think her books could actually be a beacon of hope for teens out there suffering. This book happened to be on teen suicide and she did a fantastic job getting the message out that there is hope for everyone while adding a dollop of romance. Ok, I lied…more like buckets of romance. There was no way I could hate Hunter/Dustin, no way what so ever. Even when he was going on and on about Vere not being his type I still liked him, especially in all his Dustin glory. Dude has no shame. *snickers* Now Vere on the other hand…I am still trying to figure out how she caught 2 guy attention dressed the way she was. LOL it was ridiculous. But God love her, I adored her. She is quirky and she knows it. Anne Eliot...have I told you that I just adore your books? And what is it about me ending your books at 2am? Yes, that inability to put your book down until I finish is what’s up. Your male characters are out right adorable and pleasing to the eye...yes, even with choppy hair and green retainers. What I would have given to be in Vere’s shoes when I was younger. I mean she is getting to tote around a huge rock star and be his bestie. Do you love romances that make your heart flutter and your knees weak? The kind of romances that gradually start from nothing and builds up to heart exploding greatness. Then let me tell you, Eliot makes that happen and so much more. I am desperate for more of her work. 
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
An easy read, this is the type of book that is comfortable yet predictable. It's something that you know that you will like when you pick up. What I enjoyed most about this book is the plot. Yes, it's quite predictable, but that's okay. It's just one of those stories that if you want something simple and not to dramatic to read, this is your story. I love how the plot moves at a good pace, allowing the reader to grasp every single chapter. The reader gets to see both sides of the story well without any confusement.  My grip is the characters. Sometimes they did things that didn't quite sit well with me. I sorta just rolled my eyes and moved on. If you can put aside these aspects of the characters and take the story for what it's worth, then you'll be okay. But if you get bothered by these things, you might not take to well to the story. Overall, the story is good. It's not one that I would read again, but it's good for one time amusement.  The author does do a good job in creating a good story, so I might look forward to reading more works by her. Unmaking Hunter Kennedy has a good concept with good charms.  Written nicely, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is a one hit wonder. Amazing the first time, but let it sit on your shelf, you might go back to it someday.
ThessJoy More than 1 year ago
4.5-4.75 A++ Stars! "Cheekbones and muscles and…are boys allowed to be this beautiful?" I’m a huge fan of this author…like HUGE. After I read Almost, and fell completely in love with the story and the writing, I was going to read anything this author put out. So when I saw this was going to be her next story, I was beyond excited. How could I not? Celebrity boy band singer meets and falls for an adorable, cute and geeky girl. Oh yea, I was all over this on release day :) “'I’m Hunter Kennedy. Some of this you know already, some you don’t. I’m a guy who was so lost and depressed that I freaked out and tried to hurt myself because I felt so down.'” Hunter Kennedy, a seventeen year old heartthrob, is part of the boy band, GuardeRobe. Even though he has everything, he feels nothing but emptiness and loneliness. The fame, the money, the girls, could not cure him of his depression. He’s got no one to turn to; not even his own mother. One day, Hunter’s depression goes to the extreme and he almost commits suicide. Not knowing what to do, his mother sends him to Colorado to live with his Aunt after he is released from a residential home for treatment. The plan is for Hunter to go incognito, rest and be away from the limelight. He is not a fan of this plan. All he wants is to go back to work with his band, but he feels like he owes his mother for his “stunt.” So off to Colorado he goes. “'I know, of course, you’re a person and all that. But to me, I’m determined to think you’re a fake guy, Dustin McHugh.' ~ Vere" When he reaches Colorado, he meets Vere and her family. They live next door to his Aunt. Vere and her brother, Charlie, are enlisted to help Hunter blend in. Considering Hunter’s high profile persona and extreme good looks, it’s going to be hard to hide him. So Vere helps him become Dustin McHugh, Hunter’s dorky alter ego. Take Hunter and add dorky clothes, a retainer, hat and glasses that darken in the sunlight, plus a lisp, and you’ve got Dustin. He is the anti-Hunter. No one recognizes him. As Dustin, Hunter begins to feel liberated. He no longer has to worry about paparazzi or a horde of screaming girls. He can just be. To top it all off, Vere has designated him as her BGF: Best Guy Friend. For some reason, Vere doesn’t get all weird and stuttery around Hunter. This is wonderful! She can practice being normal around guys with the help of Hunter. They soon become very close friends. "The twisting pain in my chest, or the strange way I feel like I suddenly can’t breathe without you helping me? ~ Hunter (inner monologue)" Hunter has never felt this way about anyone before. Vere and her friendship have meant the world to him. For some reason, making Vere happy makes him happy. He can’t believe that she doesn’t know how wonderful she truly is. She’s sweet, kind, loyal and is truly a beautiful person, inside and out. "He knew, without a doubt that he wanted her, but it wasn’t his usual understandable, physical kind of want. He wanted what he couldn’t have. He wanted her to be his, as in, his girlfriend. He wanted the right to love her." Anne Eliot is a fantastic writer. The pace of the story was a little slow in the beginning, but eventually picked up. She really does her best to develop her characters so that the readers can better understand them. The switching of POV between Hunter and Vere were flawless. You can really get into their characters. This is a very clean