Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tour Stop: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot - Review, Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot.  The tour is hosted by SupaGurl Tours.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  The author is also giving away an e-Book of Unmaking Hunter Kennedy from Amazon, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Unmaking Hunter Kennedy
by Anne Eliot

Published October 17th 2012 by Butterfly Books, LLC

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...

My Thoughts:  Hunter Kennedy is 17 years old and is the lead singer/guitar player in GuardeRobe, one of the most popular bands around.  He has been in the spotlight most of his life and is no stranger to the kind of life that accompanies being famous.  Unfortunately, being famous doesn't keep you for being lonely, angry, and depressed.  Hunter decides to take some of his mom's antidepressants to see if that will help.  This, combined with some alcohol, soon results in Hunter wrecking his car and taking out his front door in the process.  When his mom finds him passed out in a pool of blood afterwords, Hunter finds himself "secretly" in a facility receiving treatment for his depression.  As part of his recovery plan, Hunter's therapist and mom come up with a plan for him to spend the year in Colorado with his Aunt Nan, in disguise of course, while he recovers from his scars, both inside and out.  Meanwhile, his manager and fellow band members are covering for him with the media.  Not thrilled about this at all, Hunter accepts his fate with the determination that he is going to get out of this situation as soon as possible.  

Hunter's Aunt Nan and Mom enlist the help of the Nan's neighbors across the street to help Hunter acclimate to a "normal" teenage life and come up with a convincing disguise.  Vere and Charlie Roth, brother and sister, are to be Hunter's "best friends" and the only kids in on his secret.  Charlie is a senior, popular football player, and cocky.  Vere on the other hand, is a self-made dork with a great personality.  She is snarky and cute as she can be, though she doesn't know it.  She also has a very serious problem with shyness, especially around guys, which is almost crippling.  Vere takes on the job of coordinating Hunter's transformation into Dustin McHugh, and strangely enough, doesn't seem to have her shyness problem around him.  They make him into a super dork, and have a blast while doing it.  Charlie talks Hunter AKA Dustin into helping Vere get over her shyness problem so that she can date Curtis, the high school quarterback, who she has been in love with since she was 7 years old.  Charlie is very protective of Vere, even though he sometimes comes across as a jerk.  He warns Hunter about his sister and makes it clear to Hunter that he doesn't want him involved with Vere in anyway as more than friends, because he doesn't want Vere's heart broken.  Hunter agrees, but the more time he spends with Vere, the harder it is to keep his promise to Charlie.  He soon becomes Vere's BGF (Best Guy Friend), and the two are almost inseparable.

When Vere finds out Hunter/Dustin's darkest secret, it breaks her heart, and Hunter finds himself opening up to her in a way he has never let anyone else in.  He ends up helping Vere with a makeover, both outside and inside, though he's always seen how beautiful she already is.  Now that everyone else is noticing, Hunter is finding it more and more difficult to hide his feeling, especially when he has to hear Vere talk about Curtis.  Keeping his feelings hidden, dealing with his anger towards his mom and his manager, and trying to keep up the pretense of being Dustin McHugh is harder than he anticipated.  When Vere asks him for some help with kissing, things get totally out of control, but can he risk opening up his heart to Vere, and does he even know who he really is anymore?  Vere must also face her own feelings and decide between the boy in front of her and the boy she has loved for most of her life.

I absolutely loved this story.  I really loved Vere, with her trademark bun and dorky choice of clothes.  She truly cares about Hunter as person, never being the "groupie" that everyone else who knows who he is really is becomes.  She is extremely loyal and protective, and when she realizes she screws up, she is the first to admit it.  Though very shy, she is also very funny and fun loving, finding extreme pleasure in the simple things of life, something that she introduces Hunter/Dustin to, something that he also finds irresistible about her.  I loved Hunter's character also.  Talk about hot, the boy has it going on, something that Vere isn't blind to, even when he is transformed into dorky Dustin.  I loved the way their relationship is based first on friendship and earning each other's trust, then facing some really deep and heart wrenching issues together, while having good times and bad times, and trying to figure out who they really are and what they mean to one another.  The romance was sweet, heartwarming, a little heartbreaking at times, and even has its hot moments.  I like the secondary characters in the book also, especially Jenna, Vere's best friend, and also Charlie, though he had his "jerk" moments.  The book is a little over 400 pages, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  The pace and character building was executed beautifully, and the balance between humor and seriousness was perfect.  I loved the whole "rock star in hiding" theme, as well as the serious issues that Eliot addresses, such as depression and teen suicide.  Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is fun, entertaining, and heartwarming.  If you love YA contemporary romance, then you should definitely check this book out.



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I write MG and YA full time. I'm a member SCBWI, RWA and Pikes Peak Writers. My work has been a finalist in the Heart of Denver Molly Contest and won second at the PPWC conference contest. 
Along with a friend and a group of motivated teen girls, I run a website called www.yaromance.com. It, like my YA work, is devoted to all things girl inspired for YA that include things like first kisses, tummy butterflies and great romance.
I've worked as an online marketer and develper for Towrrecords.com, FOX TV, and UNM Engineering. When I'm not writing, I'm a freelance web developer and marketer. I manage four websites and volunteer teaching writing to several groups and schools in Colorado Springs. I love to work with kids and teens who love learning about 'story' and who want to write.
I've got an Italian-Canadian mom and an Irish-American dad. This mean my kids do Irish Dance, and we travel tons, love  food, hugs, nuns and noisy family reunions. When not pining for Tim Horton's to open in Colorado, I ponder Joseph Campbell. His work has inspired me to study story structure and how emotion within a story can move people through time and across cultures. Emotion is the key to everything. I owe JC for keeping me on a journey through the world mythologies, folk tales, and the collective unconsciousness while I search for my own bliss in stories.
I write MG and YA full time. I'm a member SCBWI, RWA and Pikes Peak Writers. My work has been a finalist in the Heart of Denver Molly Contest and won second at the PPWC conference contest. 
Along with a friend and a group of motivated teen girls, I run a website called www.yaromance.com. It, like my YA work, is devoted to all things girl inspired for YA that include things like first kisses, tummy butterflies and great romance.
I've worked as an online marketer and develper for Towrrecords.com, FOX TV, and UNM Engineering. When I'm not writing, I'm a freelance web developer and marketer. I manage four websites and volunteer teaching writing to several groups and schools in Colorado Springs. I love to work with kids and teens who love learning about 'story' and who want to write.
I've got an Italian-Canadian mom and an Irish-American dad. This mean my kids do Irish Dance, and we travel tons, love  food, hugs, nuns and noisy family reunions. When not pining for Tim Horton's to open in Colorado, I ponder Joseph Campbell. His work has inspired me to study story structure and how emotion within a story can move people through time and across cultures. Emotion is the key to everything. I owe JC for keeping me on a journey through the world mythologies, folk tales, and the collective unconsciousness while I search for my own bliss in stories.
About:

I write full time, and I'm all about fate, destiny, and how it feels to fall in love. My favorite thing to write is a first kiss. 

I've worked as an online marketer and developer for Towrrecords.com, FOX TV, and UNM Engineering. I love to teach writing workshops and work with adults, kids and teens who enjoy learning about 'story' and who want to write or learn about story structure and the craft of writing.

I'm blessed with an Italian-Canadian mom and an Irish-American dad. This means my summers are full of huge family reunions, food, yelling and too much travel. When not pining for Tim Horton's to open in Colorado, I ponder Joseph Campbell. His work has inspired me to study story structure and how emotion within a story can move people through time and across cultures. Emotion is the key to everything. I owe JC for keeping me on a journey through world mythologies, folk tales, and the collective unconsciousness while I search for my own bliss in stories.

I'm a member SCBWI, RWA and Pikes Peak Writers. I'm so proud of these hard working writer's groups! 

16 comments:

  1. Aww, I can't wait to read this. I already have a copy, just need the time. I'm so glad you enjoyed UHK. Great review, Ellen!

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  2. Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed this! I bought it as soon as it came out and have been looking at reviews every since. I really need to push this up my TBR pile (like so many others right now!).

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    1. I know what you mean about those TBR piles. Mine looks like an episode of Hoarders.

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  3. Okay, yeah, I totally need to read this one! This looks right up my alley.

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  4. I loved this book! I initially read itbecause I loved Almost, but this is different, and it was a great story.

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    1. I loved it to. I have Almost on my Kindle, but haven't read it yet. I'll be looking forward to checking that out also.

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  5. I am not really into reading stories about celebrity or pop stars, it's just not real, but looking at this cover and reading the reviews made me want to read it. ;D

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  6. I hadn't heard of this one and it sounds great! I like the whole premise of it and it sounds like a romance that I might really like as well.

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  7. It is really cute. I think you would like it.

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  8. This book sounds so cute! I can't wait to read it =D

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  9. It is cute. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Ellen! Sorry for the late post. Thanks so much for the time and the post on your gorgeous blog. Can't wait to see who wins!! You're awesome and thanks to all for the very kind words. Anne Eliot

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