Title: Aurora Undefined
Author: Kate Hinderer
Pages: Kindle; 211
Release Date: March 10, 2011
Intended Reading Group:
Nothing of note.
4 Keys to My Heart
Aurora is entering her senior year and everything around her seems to be falling apart. Her best friend has joined the cool crowd and she struggles to grapple with the loss. But when tragedy strikes, Aurora realizes what loss is really all about and how moving on becomes a fight of the will, mind and heart.
Aurora Undefined was a sweet read, although it took me a few chapters to really get into. Aurora's whole existence is uncertain as the new school year approaches, because her best friend has left her for the popular crowd. It's almost as though the last three years of friendship between them never existed. In this respect, I was a little peeved with Aurora because she was such a smart girl! However I stepped back, remembered that this book is meant for younger readers than I, and thought about how I would feel if my best friend suddenly vanished from my life in my Senior year of high school. Yup, I'd probably be just like Aurora.
I really fell in love with her character though as soon as things started to progress. As she grew, and learned, and came into her own. I don't want to ruin anything for people who are interested in this book, but there is a huge event that happens in Aurora's life. Something so big, that she doesn't deal with it very well. It is this event that teaches her what it really means to be a friend, and also what it really means to know what you want. The message here was great. Being popular may sound good, but it is such a fleeting thing. Aurora learns to focus more on herself and move everyone else along with her.
The romance aspect in Aurora Undefined is minimal but really cute. I loved Hudson with all my heart. He's the type of best guy friend that we all wish we had. Funny, sweet, and downright stern when it's necessary for him to be. He was always setting Aurora on the right path again, and just being there for her when she needed it. The chemistry and easy banter between the two of them was adorable, and it added a nice extra layer to Aurora's personality.
I'm not sure what else I can say without giving anything away! I can say that this is a sweet read that is definitely worth your time. My suggestion would be to grab a copy of Aurora Undefined and take it to the beach with you, or even perhaps to your vacation destination! It's available on the Kindle, so it's easy to transport to. Win/win my friends. Enjoy!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.