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…
Design – Peter Freedman + Chiara MacFarlane Rating – 2/5
This cover is kind of a mess. I’m not a fan of people kissing on book covers – it’s awkward and not creative. This girl looks like she’s kissing the guy’s chin, which makes the cover even stranger. I am emphatically not a fan of the title treatment here. I can understand wanting to be creative with your font choice, but this looks like a Valentine’s Day ransom note. Blah. Just blah. I would have loved a simpler cover, maybe an illustration.
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is a bit of a confused jumble. It’s never quite as deep as Hunter’s initial problems suggest it could be. On the other hand, it’s not as fluffy as Vere’s innocent lifestyle and attitude. Instead, it falls somewhere in between, bouncing from cutesy love story to Hunter’s angst about his life and where it’s headed.
- Hunter + Vere – Hunter and Vere have a fair amount of deep, meaningful conversations as they get to know each other. The two of them are adorable together and also have plenty of conversations sparkling with chemistry. Hunter and Vere balance each other out well and are so much fun to read about. There aren’t many kissing scenes, but the few that do happen are well worth waiting for.
- blushing – It feels like every time Vere is mentioned, it’s also said that she is blushing. The blushing things is constant and completely annoying. At one point, I made a note that if I had to read about Vere blushing one more time, then I would completely freak out. It seems that Vere is incapable of feeling any hint of emotion without her face becoming a ball of flame.
- Vere – Everything about Vere makes her sound like a five year old. Her dialogue is simple and riddled with exclamation points, and even her chosen nickname for Guinevere is a little childish. At one point, Vere says her “tummy” hurts from laughing – her tummy. Vere is so innocent that it’s ridiculous. She refuses to believe that her classmates would be drinking underage at a party and she can barely even form sentences around her crush.
- hiding Hunter – The plan to hide Hunter is questionable. Hiding a major pop star in plain sight of an entire high school rather than putting him under house arrest somewhere seems like a high risk plan. There must be some way for someone, especially a rich and connected someone, to do school online if that’s the problem. Of course Hunter does benefit from being around normal people.
- Curtis – Vere’s crush seems fine at first, but turns out to be a major jerk. Curtis is her brother’s best friend who hasn’t paid much attention to Vere since they shared a disastrous kiss years ago. Suddenly, Curtis decides he wants to be with Vere, which is great for about a minute. Once Curtis shows his true colors, he turns out to be possessive, jealous, and wants to move too fast for Vere. It’s as if he never really knew who Vere is as a person – like he only wanted the idea of Vere he had in his mind.
Dustin grimaced and shook his head, glancing at Charlie. “Is she trying to torture me on purpose? GuardeRobe sold ten million albums last year, and she only recognizes me two days later for her love of a cereal that might be toxic.” – Dustin pg. 141
He’d sworn to stay away from Vere, but here he was. Undoing all of the hard work he’d done to try and get over her.
Vere’s cheeks were bright red. He could tell she knew it was an utterly insane request, but her gaze held his. – Dustin + Vere pg. 344
Acquired: bought (ebook)