Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot
Published: October 17, 2012 by Butterfly Books, LLC
Age Group: YA
Source: ecopy from author
After a car accident–an event he considers a prank gone bad–pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.
Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a ‘nice’ guy.
Funny thing is…Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.
She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation.
When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist…
And that’s when things get out of control…
The characters jumped off the page for me. They seemed so real. Hunter seemed real. Dustin (his fake dork identity) seemed real. Vere seemed beyond real. (I finished reading this book two days ago and when I first sat down to write the review it seemed too gushing to me, so I decided I should put a few days of rest between my emotional high after reading this book in the hopes that I would be more clear headed, but I fear I might still fangirl a bit.)
Vere is just this quiet, blushing ball of tiny cuteness. Sure she is super pretty, but she is no where near one of those beyond perfect characters and that is what I loved about her. About all of the characters actually. They each have their share of flaws. Vere is so shy that she turns all shades of red and she can’t even talk in front of guys, including her crush on Curtis. Which, I totally didn’t get by the way, but maybe that is because he completely paled in comparison to Hunter/Dustin.
On amazon, Anne Eliot says, “I love to write couples as they are falling in love and learning to trust. It’s a vulnerable time when all emotions are exposed. Love stories and first kisses give me butterflies and, of course, I try to write those butterflies into the pages.”
She completely hit the nail on the head! This book gave me butterflies and I loved, loved loved watching Vere and Hunter try to trust each other and grow as people. It was a real joy.
The plot of Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is fun too! There are makeovers, and phobias, secrets and watching Vere and Hunter bond was adorable. This book seemed completely real to me. Nothing felt rushed, or forced or fake. Everything was built on, little by little.
I think this is my first 5 star book of 2013 and honestly I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that now I am done reading it and I want more Hunter and Vere. I was honestly sad when it was done because it isn’t a series and I wasn’t going to read about them anymore. I actually miss them. If you are a fan of contemporary romances, you NEED to read this book.
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