Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Book Review: Undone by Brooke Taylor

"We're more alike than you think."

Serena and Kori have been best friends since 8th grade, when Kori walked into the girls' bathroom and spoke those words to Serena. The girls are in high school now, and Kori has never explained what she meant that day. The two look so much alike they're sometimes mistaken for each other (especially now that Serena's dyed her hair black), but Serena knows that on the inside they're nothing alike. Kori is brave, fearless, doesn't care what other people think, and isn't afraid to do (or say) anything. Serena's just the opposite, but she desperately wishes she was as daring as Kori, especially when it comes to confronting the cheerleaders. And her mom.

On the first day of school, their social psych teacher gives them a seemingly innocuous assignment- make a list of five things you'd never dream could happen to you in a semester. Tempt fate. Serena doesn't take it very seriously, but Kori does.

When a terrible accident occurs that tears Serena's world into shreds, Serena isn't sure she can continue to exist when all she has left is her best friend's 'Tempting Fate' list. Irritated with her mom and friends' efforts to stage an Oprah-style intervention, Serena sets out to finish what Kori left behind. As she tries to find out what happened to Kori, Serena begins to uncover a legion of secrets and lies that lead her to believe that Kori may have been right that day in the girls' bathroom... in ways Serena could have never imagined.

This was one intense read that I had a hard time putting down. Serena's quest to find out who she and Kori were together, what Kori was hiding from her, and who can she be without her best friend was heart-breaking, gasp-worthy, frustrating, and full of twists and turns that I totally did not see coming. This one's definately for older, high school readers, but if you're a fan of gritty realistic fiction with a touch of mystery, check out Undone @ the library.

(choosing between Hero Type by Barry Lyga and Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet by Kashmira Sheth, who I just found out is a Wisconsin author!)

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