Author: Theresa Weir
Published by: Belfry Press
Publication Date: February 27, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she's hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them.
Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she's coached on Julian's obsessions, which include long-distance running, Doctor Who, and J.D. Salinger.
In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own.
When I read what He’s Come Undone was about, the movie John Tucker Must Die immediately came to mind. Not going to lie, I’ll stop and watch the movie if I come across it on TV. So yes, I like the premise and thought I’d get something simple and a little corny (I like corny sometimes). He’s Come Undone turned out to be different than I expected, which I ended up really liking. It was fun, but it was also more serious.
Ellie is a former child star who is down on her luck and needs to make some money quick so she can get back into college, so she answers an ad in Craigslist. No, not that kind of ad, pervs. It’s an acting job with a twist. A group of girls want to hire her to get revenge on Julian, a guy who slept with them and left them. What a jerk, right? Well, hold your horses, because there is more to it than just their take on it. Anyway, they want Ellie to become Julian’s ideal woman and then break his heart. Nothing can go wrong with that plan, right? Right?
What made this book even better was the fact that it was told form both Ellie and Julian’s point of view, but mostly Ellie. When we first get into the story, it’s easy to assume things when we only know one side. Once we get to see situations from Julian’s side, it puts things more in perspective and gives a lot more understanding to what was going on. I don’t want to say specifically what was going on when it came to his side of things, but I think the author handled it really well. Julian isn’t some mysterious bad boy that has angst coming out his pores. No, he actually has a great personality. I mean, c’mon, the guy runs cross country, loves Doctor Who and J.D. Salinger.
Ellie and Julian are cute together. Even though she is set-up in situations that may not fully be the real her to catch his interest, her true personality eventually comes out with him. That is when things get really complicated, because the feelings that develop are very much real. This leads them into dicey territory that could have a bigger impact than Ellie could ever imagine.
I did have an issue with one aspect. I didn’t understand why he needed to run the marathon so badly when he was in the midst of cross country season. I understand how running made him feel, but he didn’t give a reason exactly why the marathon was so important, and I think what happened at the race was a bit overdone.
Overall, though, I enjoyed He’s Come Undone. It’s a quick read that left me with a smile.