Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Decided I needed to go back and reread this book, and I definitely enjoyed it even more than the first time through, so yay!  Definitely a solid 4 star read this time.  But I posted my original review below.

15783623After 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…

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My Review:
Between a 3.5 and 4 stars…I waffle. On the surface, it’s 4 stars all the way baby! Great witty banter, Vere and Hunter/Dustin were adorable together and that first kiss….SMOKIN. I thought the backstory with Hunter and his Mom was interesting, and believable about a teen star. I waffled on some of the depression bits b/c I suffer from depression and b/c it starts after his 6 week stay, the book kind of glossed over what kind of help is out there…so you didn’t see Hunter’s transition on that part. That being said, I LOVED the beginning parts where she’s describing his mental states or whatever…. It was so fabulous to see Hunter fall in love with Vere too…just a whole bunch of awwwww all over the place. The ending…well, that’s where things go weird. I both loved and hated the ending. It came across very teen movie ending…I just can’t imagine it in the real world. So I would say it’s unrealistic that a star would do that…but at the same time *sniff* *blink blink* OMG, so sweet!!! See how Jekyll and Hyde I am? It was the same for a few different parts with the ending…like Jenna’s reaction when she found out….that was opposite, that was actually very realistic, but I wanted her to be more sensitive to Vere. And Charlie’s actions were a bit crazy, and then how easily Hunter forgave him…I guess I didn’t always get Charlie. Like how could he be best buds with such a lame guy like Curtis? On the other hand, I LOVE LOVED LOVED Charlie’s interactions with Vere and Jenna. The whole scene where they first meet Dustin just killed me… SO yeah, this was a big waffle read. I know most of this didn’t make sense, and probably would not help anyone decide whether to read it or not…but at this point I’m just babbling for me.


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