Undone by Cat Clarke
Published by Sourcebooks Fire 5/6/2014
Undone opens with Jem struggling to survive after her gay best friend Kai commits suicide. A video outing him has gone viral. Jem’s heartbreak has her contemplating her own suicide until Kai’s sister shows up at her door with a package of letters he wrote the night before he died. Cat Clarke creates a powerful story that puts readers through the wringer as we follow Jem and the letters for a year. While Jem gets caught up in her plan for revenge, we are stunned that she is blinded to the truth – she is starting to live again. Ms Clarke has us anxiously awaiting the train wreck that Jem seems incapable of stopping. While the reader keeps hoping that Jem will open her eyes, Ms Clarke has other plans. Her audience will be reading into the night to see how the story ends.
Hopefully beyond the enduring power of the story, Undone will get readers talking about the pointlessness of revenge and the damage it causes as well as inherent value of all people regardless of their sexual orientation.