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Summary

He needed a place to hide. She needed a friend. They never expected to fall in love. After a car accident - an event he considers a prank gone bad - jaded 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 guy advice on how to snag her lifelong crush: a guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere. And sadly he's taken note of Vere's stunning transformation.

When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can't resist.

And that's when things get out of control.

Anne Eliot is an Amazon top 100 best-selling young adult author. She writes sweet high school romances featuring book boyfriends you can't forget and, of course, those amazing first kisses.

©2012 Butterfly Books, LLC & Anne MacFarlane writing as Anne Eliot (P)2015 Butterfly Books, LLC & Anne MacFarlane writing as Anne Eliot

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" Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is now brought to life by the expressive voices of Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott.... Unmaking Hunter Kennedy gets our Best First Kiss award. This rockstar romance will make you swoon." ( I Love YA Fiction)

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  • Brandy Blackerby
  • 13-11-16

Heartwrenching

Heartwrenching but in a good & Bad way!! I wish there would've been a bit more of an ending with what was going to happen with the band, his mom & a few other things! otherwise I loved it! The Narration was amazing as always!!

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  • nelle
  • 18-01-16

even as teenagers

What made the experience of listening to Unmaking Hunter Kennedy the most enjoyable?

I liked how the narrators were able to still be convincing even when reading as teenagers.

They tone of voice was spot on throughout the book which can be difficult considering teens are so over the top

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Dustin ((Hunter)) would talk with a lisp. And the conversations him and Ver use to have.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment where Hunter truly reveales how he was feeling the night that ultimately changed his life which lead to discussions on depression and suicide

Any additional comments?

Amazing book loved it from start to dlfinsih. Very realistic with a bit of a stretch at times. Loved that issues that teens truly face where touched upon.

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  • meghan
  • 12-01-18

Mixed thoughts

I really enjoyed this storyline and plot, but I was thoroughly aggravated by one the narrators. The male narrator for Hunter was good enough, but the female narrator for Vere drove me crazy, because she constantly made Vere sound ditzy and idiotic, which I do not think was part of her “shy around boys” character.

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  • Ayenate L.
  • 03-01-18

Like a good movie with bad acting....

This is an objectively nice young adult story, but the performance is very unconvincing. The story is emotional and the actors in their tone and deliver aren't realistic. The production gets points for having a male narrator for all male voices and vice versa regardless of who's POV we are experiencing. That helps a lot, but there are lot of very real topics in this that don't come off as a person explaining their bad situation. I'd listen again more often if some of the voices and scenes weren't so "cringy."

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  • Kendal Kosta
  • 31-10-17

Meh.

Female reader is incredibly annoying, making it hard to listen to the whole story. Considering this audio book cost twice as much as most, I'm more than disappointed in the purchase. Storyline was ok but I probably wouldn't seek out this author again.

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  • ckmoster
  • 07-09-17

Great story, so-so narrating

The story itself was great. However, it took me a long time to get use to the narrators voices. Every time the guy laughed it totally pulled me out of the story and made me cringe. They also kept stopping in the middle of sentences like there was a period. It just through things off.

As I said, though, the story itself was really great. I definitely think I would rather read it than listen to it though. Also, it needed an epilogue or something to tie up a lot of the ends. It just kind of stopped and left you going "but what happened with this?" And "what did so-n-so do?" It needed more closure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-17

Shocking

The book started off amazing! For the most part I was very excited to get to the end. But the ending was very dull and unexpected they could've continued the story and told us what happen to the band or his career and how he finishes school. Very horrible ending

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  • Erin H.
  • 03-07-17

Not a big fan of female voice and why no epilogue?

Good, cute story. Wish there had been a little more romance and an epilogue. I liked Wen Ross's voice, but Kai Kennicott's "older lady" "mom" voice really bothered me. Warning: anxiety and depression triggers

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  • Molly
  • 25-11-16

Most annoying main character and narrator DONT BUY

Would you try another book from Anne Eliot and/or Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott ?

Absolutely NOT!! The dialogue in this book was laughable to the point it was uncomfortable! When Hunter it was obvious it was girl trying to talk for a boy.

What could Anne Eliot have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write better dialogue! Get to the point! More relatable characters would have been nice!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott ?

I didn't mind the guy to much but the girl's voice was NOT made to read books ever!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Unmaking Hunter Kennedy?

ALL of the inner monologue for Vere andhow dramatic they were about what happened to Hunter like yeah it's bad but don't tell us what happen and then act like it's a mystery or there is something else and more to the story!!!

Any additional comments?

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!! I wish I hadn't bought! I finished because I can never stop a book once I start because I did spend my hard earned money on it"/

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  • Avid Reader
  • 01-12-15

A story that makes you laugh & cry.

Had to finish this in one day! Could not stop listening. The characters were engaging although, the lead girl was a bit psycho at times. Her antics, sometimes, reminded me of someone in Jr. high rather than a Jr. in high school. On hiatus from his boy band, the leading male character is trying to collect himself after a series of negative events leaves him wondering who he really is and how to mend the torn pieces of his life.

A book great for young adults and older since the sex doesn't go farther than a kiss but does address some mature issues (drinking, suicide, talk about sexual situations).