Sunday, September 18, 2016

Undecided - Julianna Keyes (Review)

Undecided (Burnham College, #1)Undecided by Julianna Keyes
Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Publication date:
April 4th 2016

Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Format: ebook, 307 pages
How I got it: NetGalley for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5
 

Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…
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My thoughts:

This book follows Nora as she is starting her second year of college.  Nora has a very rough freshman year of college and ended up failing a good amount of classes as well as getting arrested.  So now Nora's number one priority is passing all her classes and keeping on the straight in narrow.   Nora thinks she is going to meet the perfect roommate who is also just looking to study but finds out quickly it is one of the most popular boys at the school Kellan.

My favorite character in this book ended up being Kellan, he was himself no matter what was happening.  He really stayed true to his character throughout the book and was really funny to read about.   I also felt he was totally full of himself, but you also saw his softer side of him wanting the best for his best friend.  He would always look out for the important people in his life and did have good intentions throughout the book.  I felt like as a reader we could see him grow as well as Nora from beginning to end.

The author did a great job developing the characters in the book and also the relationships between all of the characters.  Nora is the main character and we get to see the story only through her eyes.   I love the way we get to see Nora change throughout the book and also we get to see glimpses of events from last year.   The author did a great job exposing all of the characters flaws and insecurities that made them very engaging and easy to read about. 

The story was very easy to follow along and a very fast read.  I loved when we got a look at the different relationships between Nora and her coworkers.  The coffee shop where Nora works Beans does become an important place in the book and a lot of the action does happen their so the author did a great job describing the coffee shop so that I could imagine I was there. 

My one complaint with the book was the whole Nora secret.  I felt like as a reader we found out SO early in the book what the secret was and we knew it was bound to come out, but it didn't come out till way late in the book.  I kind of felt like that dragged on to long, if we found out a little later in the book the big secret I think it wouldn't have felt like I wanted Nora to just spit it out already, although I do love how it did end up coming out because once you have destroyed what you believe to be all the evidence something else comes up. 

I would suggest this as the perfect vacation read.  I read it during the week nights, but I would have loved to be able to sit down and read this book in one sitting.  It totally captivated my attention and I couldn't put it down I was always sneaking reading time whenever I could with this book. 

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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About the Author


Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. It'll happen.

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4 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. I loved it but so agree about her secret Great review!

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  2. I LOOOOOOVED this book. I had read two of the author's adult romance novels before this one published, and I had liked both of those. This book? This is probably my favorite of the four books I've read of hers. I really hope she writes Kellan's book! She wanted to have it done by Christmas, so we'll see. :D I didn't love Nora's secret and how it was exposed, but I liked that everything tied back in.

    Great review! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I will need to check out her adult romance books now! I did really enjoy the authors writing it kept me reading the whole time. I agree I want a Kellan book! Thank you for stopping by!

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