ARC Review: Undecided

March 19, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

ARC Review: UndecidedUndecided by Julianna Keyes
on April 4th, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: Undeclared (Burnham College, #2)
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance Challenge
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I received this book for free from Netgalley 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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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…
Publisher's note: This is not a sweet romance. There is plenty of sex and swearing. Enjoy!

Typically, I do my best to wait until the week or day of a release date to post a review. With Undecided, I have so many positive things to say that I just can’t wait a few more weeks to share my thoughts. A lot of these early reviews coming in for this book have reported that this book has no love triangle. I decided to include this in mine anyway, because it feels so important to note. This is a fabulous book about a seriously realistic college experience. All too often, I feel like these NA books portray college life that would never really happen. I highly recommend checking this book out!

Before I get into more about how great the characters and the plot are, I want to reveal more about the romance. I know that some people want to be aware exactly what the romance is, and this synopsis hints at having some sort of secret that the MC keeps from the love interest. So I’m going to spoil that specific part so you guys who might be suspicious of love triangles can know EXACTLY what happens. Warning: I am including details about some events that happen near the end of the book, don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled. If you do choose to read it, I hope that it will convince you to give this book a try!

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Nora is a fabulous and relatable protagonist. In high school, Nora was under the radar and was what some may consider to be boring. Once she gets to college, she starts to get caught up in going to frat parties with her friend Marcela. After getting arrested, she decides that she needs to get her grades and act together so she can still attend school. She enjoys her identity around Kellan and Crosbie, they view her as being a nerd, and don’t know about her partying past. She’s just an honest and real character to me. One of my favorite things about her is that she doesn’t know what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Her major is still undecided, hence the title. Even better, she doesn’t magically discover what she wants to do next as the book progresses because of Crosbie or anything like that, she still has no clue at the end of the book. I like how the author shows that it’s totally acceptable to not know what you want to do after college. I know there are other NA stories out there with this similar storyline, but I always find it refreshing to see.

You guys, Crosbie is the book boyfriend I’ve been waiting for. Yes, he’s in a fraternity and he has a reputation of hooking up and partying, but there’s so much more to him than just that. This book has no insta-love. I will say there is some instant attraction going on, but there’s still a strong buildup to the relationship. At first, Nora feels like he hardly notices her at all, but gradually it becomes more and more obvious that he notices her a lot more frequently than she thinks. Crosbie is a track star so he clearly has a nice body, which Nora tries and fails not to notice. She believes that he’s a distraction that she doesn’t need while she goes back on the path of trying not to be noticed. One thing that is different about this wonderful boy is that he likes performing magic tricks. Excuse me, he actually calls them illusions. Seriously though, I’ve never come across a love interest that has this hobby. Can more authors please follow Keyes’s lead here? This is a small detail, but I think it shows that he’s more than just an athlete or a frat boy. He’s never been in a real relationship before, but let me tell you, some of the things he says to Nora and the gifts that he gives her will pretty much make you melt.

Honestly, there’s so much to like about this book. I’ve never read anything else by Julianna Keyes, but I did read that this is her first NA book. If I didn’t know that, I would have thought that she’s been writing these stories for quite a long time. She just knows so much about college life. I feel like each character was well developed, even the supporting ones. It’s hard not to love Kellan, even though he’s a complete manwhore. I can’t wait for Keyes to give him a little happily ever after of his own. I also want Marchela and Nate to get a book of their own. Anyway, you guys need to look out for this one when it releases April 4th!

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