Beautiful & Unique: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

Posted March 7, 2017 by Nereyda/ 20 Comments

Beautiful & Unique: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann HayduThe Careful Undressing of Love
by Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Pages: 288
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Source: Audiobook Received for Review

Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones you shouldn’t fall in love with. The ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed.

Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.

Set in an America where recent history has followed a different path.

Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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What a beautiful book! This is one of those cases where the only reason I even read the book was because it was narrated by one of my favorite narrators. I had heard of this book from my friend Megan, but it was never really on my radar. When I saw that Julia Whelan was going to be narrating this book, I had to get it since I’m sort of in love with her voice.

At first, I was a little bit confused with the story because I wasn’t sure if this was paranormal or magical realism or something else. Apparently it’s an alternate reality and once I understood that I was hooked with the book and it became one of those stories that I wanted to get to the mystery part, but I also didn’t want it to end. Lorna is one of the girls that lives on the controversial Devonairre Street that is believed to have a curse: if a guy falls in love with a girl from Devonairre Street, he dies. Lorna and her best friends don’t believe in the curse, despite the fact that some men who lived on that street have died, including her father. Lorna, her mom and her friends are content with living their live ignoring the curse and occasionally humoring traditions of the curse.

Everything changes when her best friend’s boyfriend is suddenly killed and she begins to change and believe in the curse. The worst part is that despite the fact that Lorna knows there’s no way there can be a curse on the girls from Devonairre Street, a small part of her also believes it and is afraid of the curse. This is why Lorna has always kept guys at arm’s length. When Lorna’s mother’s new boyfriend gets ill, all eyes are on Devonairre Street. Every touch and kiss and look is dissected and picked apart and the girls are equals parts feared and admired. My heart broke for Lorna and how despite the fact that she swore that she didn’t believe in the curse, she never let herself fall in love with a guy and she spent her time with nameless hookups that meant nothing, because those guys had no risk.

I had never heard of this author, but the writing in this story was so beautiful without being too flowery. I was captivated by the story and the lives of these girls, especially Lorna, and I just wanted her to find her happy ending. Although I loved the ending, it is a bit bittersweet, but I did love how everything turned out at the end. Other than knowing I would enjoy the narration for this book, I had no expectations for this book and ended up really liking it. Julia Whelan, was amazing as always, really did a great job with the Polish accents and made all the characters come to life. I would definitely love to listen to this one again and hope more people read or listen to this story as it was simply beautiful and unique. It was thought-provoking and edgy and I loved how sex and love was represented in the story.

Some of my favorite quotes:

-We are Lorna, Cruz, Charlotte, Delilah, Isla and we aren’t afraid of love, even if we’re supposed to be.

-We live in a world where its better to fuck a hundred boys you don’t love, than kiss one boy you do.

-I can’t quite figure out the difference between loving someone and loving things about them.

-Love is something you have or don’t have. Love is like a fever.

-Death always feels far away from life, until it isn’t.

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  • I do the same thing all the time, Nereyda! I mean I pick up a book because it’s narrated by one of my favorite narrators. I plan to start Forgetting in audio soon; I hope I would fell in love with Julia Whelan’s voice too. The Careful Undressing of Love is a new-to-me book, and while magical realism is not my favorite genre, it sounds interesting. I think that books with beautiful writing are better in audio format;
    it allows the reader to listen and take notice. Thanks so much for putting this
    book on my radar!

    • I’m not sure if this is magical realism… I’m not sure what this book classifies as actually but I’m glad I read it. If you try it I hope you like it. And yes, a good narrator makes such a difference in books!

  • I so remember that cover but had no idea at all what this book was about but I’m totally sold. I love the whole sound of the curse. Will definitely be checking this one out. Great review!!

    • I kept calling it the lemon book. You should try the audio Grace, Julia Whelan was so awesome!

  • I really wasn’t sure if it was a book for me, but it sounds fantastic!

    • I wasn’t sure about it either since it’s not my usual read bt I’m so glad I read it!

  • This is on my wish list this year. I’m more excited to read it now! It sounds right up my alley.

  • I am adding to my GR. I read OCD and liked it a lot. Having OCD, I appreciated how she crafted the character that had it. Definitely want to read this one now!

  • I’m adding this to my list. It sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Nereyda!

  • I almost got this one but I didn’t want to go in blindly. It sounds wonderful. I will see if I can still get it.

    • Lately, I’ve been liking going into books blindly. It’s been working out for me for the most part. Hope you can still get it!

  • I have heard such wonderful things about Corey Ann Haydu, but I still haven’t read any of her books. I will have to look into this one.

    • I hadn’t heard of her until this book so it’s good to know that her other books are good too 🙂

  • I’m halfway through the audiobook for this one Nereyda and I’m loving it. Julia Whelan is always a great narrator. I think that the pace is a bit slow, but the writing is lyrical and just plain beautiful. Glad you liked it Nereyda 🙂

  • Rummanah Aasi

    So is the curse true or not?! I guess I’ll have to read it to find out. 😉