Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot: Review

TITLE: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy
AUTHOR: Anne Eliot
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 422
PUBLISHER: Butterfly Books, LLC.
SOURCE: Author

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...

High School Romance, first love, sweet romance

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is a refreshing, beautiful, and very unique out-take on first love and all the amazing sweet things that come with it. In recent months, popular books have been focused on destruction, hurtfulness, and down-right meanness. That makes Unmaking Hunter Kennedy incredibly loveable, and exactly what every reader needs as a pick-me-up!

In it we meet Hunter Kennedy, a seemingly troubled teen who is dealing with his fame that has come from being in a band. After wrecking a vehicle and being forced into a sort of therapy-rehab Hunter ends up traveling all the way to nowhere-ville Colorado (Yay! Love all books that take place in my state!). Here, he’s expected to learn to be a normal teenager and deal with all the issues he’s got. And boy does he have issues!

Vere Roth and her brother are given the duty of helping Hunter Kennedy, and become a part of his “transformation” into a high-school nerd. Vere is amazingly determined, courageous, and so loving that I felt like hugging her whenever she was down (serious, who messes with such a sweet girl?!). Her perspective is so refreshing and warm that I had to keep reminding myself that she’s a teenager (because at times she’s way more mature then me! Go Vere!).

Following their story and falling in love with Hunter and Vere is magical and breath-taking. In her sophomore novel, Anne Eliot reminds us all of the innocence of love and how it feels to fall in love for the first time. It’s a novel that will have you hanging on up until the very end, and wishing for more of the sweetness. Because when it comes to Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, the sweetness is what counts.

About The Author:
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 develper for, 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! 


  1. April! Thanks so much for your kind words about my book and the time you took to write such beautiful words about it. I really appreciate you having me on your blog! xo Annie

  2. Cute!! Lovee the post and I <3 your blog :))

  3. Such a great review and cute post. The book sounds fantastic.

  4. Thank you all! It is a fantastic book!

  5. This is a great story - so sweet! I highly recommend and can't wait for your next book, Anne!

  6. You're right about all the negative books. Ugh, there's only so much DARK that I can take. I agree with your take on it :)