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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,436 ratings  ·  610 reviews

Jem Halliday is in love with her best friend. It doesn't matter that Kai is gay, or that he'll never look at her the way she looks at him. Jem is okay with that. But when Kai is outed online by one of their classmates, he does the unthinkable and commits suicide.

Jem is left to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Before he died, Kai left her twelve letters—one for each

Paperback, 502 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by Quercus (first published December 20th 2012)
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Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are no words. Only heartbroken silence.
Undone is the third offering from author Cat Clarke and it is just brilliant. I don't think I have the words to do justice to how good this book was but I'll give it a go.

Undone is the story of Jem. Jem is in a bad place. She has been in love with her best friend Kai for as long as she can remember even though he was gay. She was able to live with it but when he's outed in a video on the Internet and he can't deal with it and kills himself and suddenly Jem's whole world falls apart. Jem is prac
Marya Morevna
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
no words...don't read, you'll cry....A LOT. I've warned you. I love you Lucas. ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, ya
This is a bit of an odd book, and if I had been asked at different intervals how I would rate it, it would have fluctuated wildly. The book opens strongly, with the protagonist reeling from the suicide of her closest - and only - friend. The author elicits empathy for the characters, along with horror at the events leading to Kai's suicide.

From there, the book slowly starts slipping away. There are a few reasons for that. The protagonist is truly unlikeable. Whilst having sympathy and empathy fo
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"They had no idea that normal didn't exist for me anymore. NORMAL had been smashed on the rocks beneath the bridge."

It was an amazing book. It made me want to cry, laugh and I truly felt that the emotions had driven me crazy. Jemima Haliday is a fabulous character and she loved Kai to bits.
No matter what gender he was, she still accepted him. That made this book a true masterpiece. When Kai committed suicide it made Jemima never forgive herself for that and felt as if a place in her heart was s
Please God, let it be good just like Entangled!

Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
If you want a book that truly messes with your head.... If you want a book that has great characters who are gritty and real.... If you want a book that compels you to read it in one sitting... then this book is for you. I must in good conscience say that the book is full of foul language and sex. And typically I don't read books like that or even like them, but this book pulled me in and wouldn't let go. Cat Clarke clearly has a lot of talent, and I really enjoyed reading a book that d
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Beautifully heartbreaking.
It didn't take me long to lose count of the amount of times I choked up and shed a tear (or several). This book truly has ruined me. And I couldn't be more grateful.
An amazing, well-written read.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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It has taken me a long time to write this review because I have struggled to figure out what I want to say. Put simply I found this book gut wrenching, it was emotional, shocking and heart-breaking.

Undone tackles a whole host of series subjects such as suicide and bullying and does so with great respect. Cat Clarke is an amazing storyteller and a brilliant writer. I truly commend her for takin
Namerah Saud Fatmi
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
OH GOD WHY??? why did I read this...this.. i don't even know what to call it! abomination?piece of useless f*cking bullsh*t?
this may be able to capture a fraction of what i'm feeling:

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why would Cat Clarke waste her amazingly awesome writing skills on this? i have read her other books and loved them and i thought i'd love this too....i was SO wrong=_______= this book,its just wrong!!it makes zero logic. i really really REALLY hope her next book will not
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While Undone is undoubtedly an accomplished story, what sets it apart from contemporary contempories is the level of writing. Cat Clarke has a preternatural ability to create authentic teenage voices to the point that one might suspect some sort of voodoo channeling shenanigans at her writing desk. Jem’s raw, ravenous grief pours of the page, the black selfishness of all consuming loss palpable and, at times, incredibly difficult to read. The many scenes set at school will speak loudly to anyone ...more
Hannah Wallace
Feb 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Sharon Mariampillai
This was an interesting read. I thought the story was well-written, and I thought the characters were interesting. I was not expecting to like this book that much, but I really did. Throughout the story, we follow Jem as she plans on getting revenge on the people who ousted her best friend, Kai (who she also loved for many years). I thought Kai's character was explained more through the letters to Jem, but I still wish his life did not have to end. Also, through his letters, I started to see Jem ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
No words. Oh my gosh. Wow. I need a few days to recover.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, 2017-read
Not quite sure how I feel about that ending...
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh I really didn't realise how much this book would hook me. It literally sucked me up and I read it in just over a day and this was a rather long proof at just over 500 pages. Undone is a very mesmerising novel about some dark subjects. There's sex, suicide, alcohol, bullying and discrimination towards gay people. There was a lot going on in this book but it was dealt with very well as Cat seems to be a master at writing realistic YA fiction.

Undone follows Jem Halliday whose gay best friend co
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
British author Cat Clarke's latest novel is about Jem Halliday, who has been in love with her gay best friend for awhile. Even if she didn't have that crush, he's the most important person in her life. They've been friends through thick and then, and his sunny disposition helps her keep her chin up. Of course, that's how things were.

Kai killed himself after someone emailed a pornographic video to the whole school, outing him in the worst way possible. (I felt kind of weird about the fact that th
Shambhawi P.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars or any other book about vicious lying b*tches
This book cemented a fact that I already knew.

Books about crazy vicious teenage girls obsessed with popularity and where everyone seems to be backstabbing anyone is NOT my cuppa tea. Books like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girls, and of course Undone. So this may not be a bad book but is a book I hated.

But by the blurb I had expected this book to be a bit different. I don't know what I was thinking.

In the beginning the whole Letters from Kai with missions had a whole PS I Love You vibe going on
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After a video of Kai and his secret boyfriend is sent to his classmates, he commits suicide leaving behind twelve envelops for his best friend Jem to open monthly for the next year. While the dozen letters are suppose to inspire her to live her best life, Jem plots revenge against those who she believes caused Kai’s suicide. At the end of the twelve months, Jem plots to commit suicide.

Jem is one of the most horrible characters I’ve read recently. Even before Kai’s death she’s simply unkind to ev
Apr 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, 2014
Undone is a pretty heavy and definitely compelling book that deals with teen suicide, bullying and the teen gay community. It was well written and engaging. That being said, I can't say that I really liked the story. It was a bit depressing at times. I also thought the story was a bit unbelievable. The letters were just odd and too optimistic. I had a hard time believing that someone about to commit suicide would take the time to write those letters. It just felt off to me.

While I could underst
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

(Here are some trigger warnings. Will mention suicide in this review.)

First Cat Clarke book complete! Safe to say I will be more than happy to read another.

Jem and Kai have been inseparable since they befriended each other over their garden fence when they were just kids. Kai is the most important person in Jem's life, so when an explicit video outing Kai's sexuality gets circulated around their school, Jem is hurt almost as much her best friend. Almost. The video is too much for Kai. Su
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It would have been 4 stars but that ending did a fair share of damage.

I did not expect to like this story. I have little sympathy for suicide as a general rule since the choice is almost always in the moment over the current drama of life. But reading this was for a challenge so I dove in. And found I really liked the story and the writing style!

I really wish Kai did not off himself. He seems like such a great guy based on the letters he sends. He knew Jem well. Although for a guy about to kill
Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” - Confucius

I am so incredibly MAD at this book it's unbelievable and I can't believe I read through all of that in the hopes of closure and have nothing to show for it.

We spent this entire novel going through the motions of Jem attempting to get revenge on the people who sent out an explicit video of her friend which led to his death. Confucius' quote on revenge really goes well with this novel and just... yikes. I am just so unbelieva
Emilie Emzbooksandco
Trigger warning:
Bullying, suicide
Lilo Franco
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Really good book. So many twists. Don't read it if you're under the age of 13!
It is also very heartbreaking so be prepared to cry.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
TW: homophobia, suicide, slut shaming, internalised misogyny, sexual assault, child pornography, scenes of a graphic nature.

Before I get into why this was a hard no book for me, I will say that it was a quick and easy reader and I flew through it in a couple of hours.
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Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have to be honest - I had some major problems with Undone. This novel tells the story of Jemima, Jem for short. Her best friend, Kai, has just committed suicide as a result of anti-gay bullying, and she is left behind. She is at the end of her rope when Kai's sister delivers a package to her. Inside are notes, one for each month of the year, left for her by Kai. As she reads them, she decides to take her revenge on the group of popular kids she believes drove him to his suicide. Her method? To ...more
Jessica Wright
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
I have not read a Cat Clarke book before. I didn't have the author attachment that some others do. I actually picked this up on accident while trying to get out of the bookstore quickly.

It took two weeks to get into the story. I kept setting it down, bored out of my mind. Truthfully, the first 300 pages are just something I would call slightly dreadful and predictable.

Then, the pacing picks up, and as you're nearing the climax of that third act, oh my goodness. The twists and face smacks abound
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
3.5 stars!

This was my first book by British author Cat Clarke and she has definitely lived up to my expectations as an author. I've heard how good she is at writing stories that deal with hard situations, and well, as you can see, she certainly hasn't disappointed me. Undone is a well written and heart-wrenching story - one that is raw and intense and I’m glad I’ve finally read something by this talented author.

Undone follows the life of Jem - a teenage girl who is in love with her gay best fri
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Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes chees

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