Undecided by Julianna Keyes: Review

Undecided by Julianna Keyes: ReviewUndecided by Julianna Keyes
on April 4th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 292

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…

Stacia says…

The synopsis for Undecided grabbed my attention right away. I love a good college romance and I also love a friends-to-lovers story. But, what I like even more is a misunderstood party guy that turns out to be a closet sweetheart! Yes, it might seem like this storyline has been done before, or something similar to it, but I think author Julianna Keyes added just enough originality (and humor) to make this book different than the others.

After nearly ruining her chance at a college education by partying and getting arrested the year before, Nora needs things to change. She needs to go back to her high school persona of “Nora Bora”- the girl who stays in on weekends, studies, gets good grades, and definitely doesn’t party. Part of this change includes a new place to live with someone that has the same values and puts education first. Thinking she has found the perfect roommate, Nora moves in with Kellan, a former bad-boy on campus, but someone who also needs to change his ways. What she doesn’t expect is to have to deal with his best friend on a regular basis, the rowdy and crass Crosbie Lucas. When Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, she has to decide if sharing her humiliating escapades from last year and being honest are worth possibly losing the guy she didn’t even know she wanted.

“Sometimes it’s the things we do when we think no one is watching that really matters.”

Crosbie was a pleasant surprise. While everyone thinks he is this dumb jock who has a plethora of “Crosbabes” at his disposal, he is actually a guy who studies for classes that haven’t even started yet, runs ten miles a day to keep up his stamina for the track team, and loves magic tricks. He’s sensitive, but doesn’t let everyone see this side of him and the sweet gestures he surprises Nora with were super swoon-worthy!

“That was better than the last time, and I thought last time was the best thing to ever happen to me.”

The cover of this book might lead you to believe that it is about one girl and two guys. But just to be clear, this is NOT a love triangle book! This book was told strictly in Nora’s point of view (POV) and those that follow my reviews, already know how much I love a male’s POV and I think being in Crosbie’s head would have been AMAZING! So, that is probably one of the one things that I think was missing from this book. I liked how Julianna allowed Nora and Crosbie’s relationship to build from a friendship first (with a strong attraction to each other) and gave us time to watch these two crush on each other, before the sparks really flew. I also loved the banter between the two of them- I am huge on sarcasm and Nora and Crosbie had it in spades!

This was actually my first book by Julianna Keyes, but I really enjoyed her writing and will definitely be adding more of her books to my reading list! I recommend this cute, fun, new adult novel!




About Julianna Keyes

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.