Review: Undone by Cat Clarke

Title: Undone
Author: Cat Clarke
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: May 6, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9781402292248
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
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.

A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.

My thoughts:
From the author of Entangled and Torn comes an emotional book about loss and love, heartbreak and heartache. To say Jem Halliday is bereaved over her best friends death is an understatement. After all Kai was her life. The only thing that she wants to do is to follow him in death. However before she can do anything she receives letters from Kai. Kai wrote Jem twelve letters to be opened on a monthly basis.  Jem can't help but take the bait, so she decides to postpone her death for a year. Though she plans to use that time to find out who it was that drove her best friend to suicide and make them pay.

This book had its ups and downs for me. I like Jem. I could understand her grief and her need for revenge. However her character is completely stubborn and at times I felt myself very frustrated with her. I liked how the author takes you through Kai and Jem's first meeting as children to their current circumstances. Kai, however, frustrated me completely. He writes Jem these letters in a P.S. I Love You fashion. Saying he wished he was there with Jem. Giving her fashion advice and whatnot. That sort of felt out of place. After all, he didn't die of cancer. He died because he made a choice. So saying I wish I was there, knowing you're going to kill yourself, is a slap in the face.

What I really liked about this novel is the emotional turmoil that Jem goes through. She is changing, and even though she hates to admit it, she likes the changes. She likes the people she openly mocked. She learns that things aren't always as they seem. People are different than what they appear. And sometimes you're blind to the truth because you're not ready to see it. 

Undone isn't my usual cup of tea, but I'm glad I read it. I love the emotions that Clarke can evoke from the reader. She has a great writing style that keeps you turning pages. This is a book that can start important conversions on a difficult subject. 

My rating: