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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot...a review

 I was scheduled to read this a few months ago, but due to illness, I didn't get anything more than a promo post posted.   I have now completed the reading and want to share my review of Unmaking Hunter Kennedy.  


 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...

High School Romance, first love, sweet romance.


My Review:

I loved this sweet romance between a pop rock star and a normal American teen age girl.   Our girl was a beauty to all but herself and she had the low self esteem a lot of girls have to deal with, feeling very inadequate in this world of wild hormones and BOYS!    Oh how I could relate to her in my high school days!   How could she ever hope to compare to the girls who had experience, beauty and confidence on their side.

When the opportunity presented itself to "help" Hunter Kennedy become normal and mostly anonymous, Vere was more than capable of becoming his best friend and assisting in his incognito status.  The book provided a glimpse into the somewhat empty lifestyle being a "star" provides---    A glimpse into the be careful what you wish for side of things---   A glimpse into true loneliness and depression.   The fact that Hunter Kennedy needed to hide from his real life drama, was the only thing that saved him from himself and the despair he felt at being used.  

The writing flowed nicely and I really didn't notice the length of the book as I
 read it.   There was a lot of meaning behind the words in this book.   I frankly adore authors who try to bring out a message to the young people of the world.  It was a very satisfying and enjoyable read and I give it 4 Winks!

Author Info:

I write full time, and I'm all about fate, destiny, and how it feels to fall in love. My favorite thing to write is a first kiss. 

I've worked as an online marketer and develper for Towrrecords.com, FOX TV, and UNM Engineering. I love to teach writing workshops and work with adults, kids and teens who enjoy learning about 'story' and who want to write or learn about story structure and the craft of writing.

I'm blessed with an Italian-Canadian mom and an Irish-American dad. This means my summers are full of huge family reunions, food, yelling and too much travel. When not pining for Tim Horton's to open in Colorado, I ponder Joseph Campbell. His work has inspired me to study story structure and how emotion within a story can move people through time and across cultures. Emotion is the key to everything. I owe JC for keeping me on a journey through world mythologies, folk tales, and the collective unconsciousness while I search for my own bliss in stories.

I'm a member SCBWI, RWA and Pikes Peak Writers. I'm so proud of these hard working writer's groups! 

Representation: I am honored to have Jane Dystel from Dystel and Goderich represent the subsidiary rights for my work. Please contact them directly for any inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights. 

To Contact Anne Eliot, 
Please find me on Twitter @yaromance


Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.   I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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