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Published by Amazon Publishing on April 4, 2016
Genres: College, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
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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…
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Undecided. It sounded like a simple cute story. It was not, in a great way. It was full of emotions and depth that I did not expect reading the synopsis. After a mostly disastrous freshman year, Nora is entering her sophomore year of college with a new outlook and with a new personality. Putting her party girl ways behind her, she pushes aside her social life and tries to settle into a boring existence. Until her roommates best friend keeps coming around and peaking her interest in a non-boring way. But her past may soon catch up to her future and Nora is unsure if she can reconcile the two.
I really enjoyed the plot of Undecided. Witty, with an unexpected depth, it surprised me with the range displayed. Julianna Keyes’ writing style was one I enjoy. She was able to mix humor, romance, sex and a great plot line all together. The pacing did have a few small issues, with some minor timelines seemingly not matching up. The world building also confused me a little. They were 21 year-old college sophomores, and normally sophomores are 19, but that may be a Canadian thing. I really was pleased with the emotions in Undecided. Nora had a nice range of feelings and the supporting cast continued those on, with a nice depth. I always love when I connect with a character and I felt with Nora, not for her. I liked the array of characters in Undecided. The roommate struggling with his own issues, the best friend that you just wanted to love, the snarky girl and the lovelorn co-worker all combined with Nora to make a great cast. Now there were times I wanted to shake Nora and tell her to remove her head from her ass, but she was also a young women trying to rebuild her life while never fully reaching closure with her old life.
I really enjoyed Undecided. It was an interesting mix of romance, NA and drama that really worked. A seemingly simple plot that had a lot of depth and emotion in it, Julianna Keyes crafted a great tale. There were a few moments that I felt were more adult than YA, however this is Keyes first foray into YA and her four previous adult titles look very adult. I now need to go checkout Keyes adult books to see if they contain the same humor and emotional impact. I would recommend Undecided as long as semi-graphic scenes do not bother you.
Favorite lines – Everything I did was to cultivate some ridiculous phony image, either a party girl or a studious homebody, but I’d never taken the time to shore up my defenses, to make sure the person inside was solid and sound. And to what end?
Biggest cliché – As long as I pretend to be different, I will be.
Have you read Undecided, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge