REVIEW: Undone by Cat Clarke




Summary from Goodreads:


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.






Jem Halliday has been in love with her best friend, Kai, since she can remember. There’s just one problem: Kai is gay. When a tape of Kai gets spread around the school, he can’t take it any more and takes his own life, despite always having been a happy and cheerful person.

One month on and Jem decides that she can’t live without Kai. But then an envelope turns up. Containing twelve envelopes, one to open each month, Jem decides to hang on for a little while and find out who caused Kai to commit suicide.

Having not read any of Clarke’s novels before, I was looking forward to delving into the author’s novels after hearing amazing things about them; I was not disappointed.

The protagonist, Jem, was clearly in a bad state. Who wouldn’t be if they were in her situation? I’ve seen a few reviews where people have said that they didn’t like her very much but I must disagree. Some people might say that some of the things she did were stupid but I think they were totally right. Her reactions to certain situations were completely right and I really think you need to insert your brain into the head of a grieving and sad person before picking this book up.

Having recently suffered a loss, I was blown away by how Clarke managed to write about the feelings that I had bottled up for so long. It was as if she had somehow gotten inside my head and I was a little overwhelmed at times. The pure emotion underlying the words is both magical and sometimes a little scary- how is it that one person can make you feel so many things at once? I was only a few pages in when I started to feel emotional.

I loved the way in which Undone was written. The thing that I love the most about UKYA is that I can understand it a lot better than US fiction. This book doesn’t proclaim to be written in a fancy way nor does it try and write things simply. Clarke has played with those feelings of darkness and despair in us all and shown us that it isn’t wrong to grieve.

I loved Undone so much and will definitely be reading more by the author. Words cannot describe just how I felt about this book and I have already gone about recommending it to people.

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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    So Many Books, So Little Time

    11 March, 2013

    I’m so glad you loved this! All of Cat’s books are awesome.

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    Ruby :)

    11 March, 2013

    This book sounds great! 😀 My friend recommended both Torn and Entangled to me, but I reckon I’ll read this one first!

    Ruby @ http://feedmebooksnow.blogspot.co.uk

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    Zoe Crook

    11 March, 2013

    Fantastic review, Lucy! I am a massive fan of Cat Clarke so I will definitely be getting a copy of this. I have only read Entangled which I DEFINITELY recommend 😀
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Pink Lady 631

    11 March, 2013

    Great Review, I haven’t read a Cat Clarke book before but I think I will start with this one. It seems really good, glad you enjoyed it. Happy Blogging 😀

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    Sam

    11 March, 2013

    I don’t read enough books written by British authors, but I definitely like the sound of this one. The premise didn’t immediately grab my attention at first, I have to admit, but I’m curious about this book now. I’ll be sure to keep your points about Jem’s state in mind, too. Great review, Lucy!

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    Verity Woolley

    14 March, 2013

    Hello lucy!

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    Verity Woolley

    14 March, 2013

    Amazing blog!

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    Georgia Walters

    17 March, 2013

    This book looks amazing! Glad you enjoyed it! By your summary, it sounds a bit like 13 reasons why By Jay Asher. If you haven’t read that- it’s a really good book by the way 🙂

    P.S: I’ve just discovered your blog. It’s amazing and I love your reviws! 😀
    -Georgia (a year-younger-than-you-book-blogger)

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    Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    31 March, 2013

    Great review! I just found what Jem did to Stu, the subject of the lies, unexcusable. I do understand that she was in a bad place though. You should definitely read Cat’s other books-they are all amazing!

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