First Impression: *grabby hands*
Synopsis: Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it.
Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online … and he kills himself.
Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down.
200words (or less) review: At the beginning I really felt for Jem, it’s a month since Kai killed himself and she doesn’t want to go on. The reader gets a really good insight into their friendship and it’s easy to understand where Jem’s coming from. After Kai’s younger sister delivers a package containing letters (one per month for the next year) Jem has something to focus on. Living until Kai’s next letter.
Kai’s letters are a mix of encouragement for Jem to carry on, memories of their time together and an insight into his thoughts just before he commits suicide. I thought they worked really well and certainly added to the emotional rollercoaster of Undone.
Along with completing Kai’s challenges (“dye your hair blond, talk to someone new, etc”) Jem begins her mission revenge on who she believes is responsible. While I didn’t like who Jem became I loved reading what she was doing. Her retribution for Kai is perfect, take them down one by one.
As always Cat Clarke is the Queen of Endings, this one guaranteed to stay with you long after you’ve put the book down.