For What It's Worth

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes


UndecidedNora 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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Source: Purchased

Review:

*Despite the cover there is NO love triangle!

I don’t want to spoil too much with this book, because there are few secrets and big reveals in it, so just let me say that I loved it for a whole host of reasons. Mainly that it tackled quite a few things that most NA’s don’t - including consequences to anonymous sex, excessive partying, slut shaming and double standards. Also, because Undecided focused on getting your shit together!

Let’s be real – college is probably the first time you’re away from home and on your own. Things get a little crazy and you make mistakes. It was nice to finally read a NA book about AFTER the mistakes and how you struggle to become the adult you want to be. It was such a refreshing change of pace for the genre.

You’ve got your typical man whore jocks and seemingly cliche set up but this was a great twist on all of that. Guys and girls that could live in the same house and respect each other and more importantly learn from each other.

And of course there are sexy times but it was really sweet. I loved Crosbie. He was so good to Nora. And speaking of Nora – she was a fantastic heroine…flawed, kind and always trying to do the right thing with her relationships and school, even if she wassn't always successful.

Great romance, friendships and humor. Good stuff!

22 comments:

  1. The cover totally made me think love triangle

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    1. There are two guys and it's a messy kind of thing but NOT a love triangle in any way.

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  2. Haha, I totally saw love triangle in the cover! I kept waiting for the other guy to pop up in the summary, so I'm glad you cleared that up. I am so interested in reading this- I really want to know what her secret is. Plus, I love the idea of someone struggling to get back into college and dealing with actual consequences, it's such a different story than the usual NA heroine who is perfect and can ace all her classes while being sexed up by the BMOC. ;)

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    1. Both guys are important to the story so I see why they are there but it's not romantic in nature. A nice twist.

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  3. I'm so glad I bought this one. You're the third blogger I've read a raving review on it. Glad you enjoyed it, I'm definitely looking forward to reading it!

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised with this one!

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  4. It definitely sounds great, I really want to read it.

    "Guys and girls that could live in the same house and respect each other and more importantly learn from each other." LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Seriously, it sounds different and what you told me that it was the part about them trying to get their lives in order. I'm impresssed someone finally is doing this in NA. I'd read more of it if it was more like this.

    Great review. I was sold before but now I'm definitely more interested.

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  5. It certainly sounds like this one has a lot of threads to it and deals with some big issues. Something that I can imagine me liking given that they seem to be dealt with well.

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    1. So few NA's deal with consequences or the pressure of college. This one did it in a real but fun way.

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  6. This looks good and I like the premise.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  7. Hey I do get all the immaturity, but it is nice to read the twist one that since I know a lot of kids are more mature than a lot of adults I know. LOL This is something I do think I'd enjoy.

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    1. Yeah it was nice. We all go a little wild at some point but then you have to get your shit together lol

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  8. Sounds fun and the kind of "college" tale I will enjoy.

    PS I'll send your book next week. I keep forgetting to take it with me

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    1. It was a fun book.

      No rush - it only took me 6 months to read the other one.lol

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  9. oh this one sounds great!! I love those sweet yet sexy romances. Glad you enjoyed it. Fab review

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  10. Oh how weird on the cover! I would totally think love triangle or menage. lol

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    1. The cover is accurate - just not in the way it appears. It's complicated lol

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  11. Ooh, I like it! Nice that it's not just sex, drugs & partying. Sure, college is a lot of that but it's also discovering yourself and who you want to be. I'd like to see more of that in this genre. There's SUCH potential.

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