September 25, 2013

Review: UNDECLARED by Jen Frederick


Author: Jen Frederick

Source: ebook from author for review

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

This is a mature New Adult book. I see that it is classified as YA - not sure how to change that - but I wanted to be clear that it has explicit love scenes in the story.

My take...
What started as a class project, led to a 4 year friendship via letters. Grace and Noah would write to each other once a month to keep in touch and see how the other was doing. But two years ago, when Noah left the Marines, he broke off the friendship. Ever since then, Grace would see a guy and imagine it was him. But not anymore. A year ago, Grace severed all thoughts and decided it was time to move on and forget Noah. Well, that was the plan. She still wonders about him and her heart is still mending from when he broke it. Telling her she was just like a kid sister to him. Little does she know, Noah is about to come storming back into her life...and he has her in his sights.

I started this book late at night and could not seem to find a stopping point. It was like the author purposely wrote so the reader could not possibly want to put the book down. Well played, Frederick, well played. When I did finally put the book aside (a mere 65% in) I just laid there thinking on it and replaying what I had already read in my mind. This book and it's storyline is seriously addictive. Within pages of the start it grabs you and you by no means want it to let go.

The characters are class A, too. I just loved me some Noah. Yes, he made a huge mistake by letting Grace go two years before. But he has his reasons. Stupid reasons, but reasons none the less. I rooted for this boy from the start...hoping and praying he got his girl in the end. That she wouldn't be an idiot and throw something wonderful away all for foolish pride. Did he? Mums the word. Read and see for yourself.

Grace is unsure what she wants to be when she grows up. And that is ok. She is only 19. I honestly didn't see the big deal about her being undecided with her major. She has time to make up her mind as she goes along. But apparently her Uncle, who is footing her college bill, is wanting her to decide and decide soon. She is still a sweet person and one heck of a character. Not once did I roll my eyes at her or get annoyed with her. (You'd be surprised how often that happens). And I like that she made Noah work his way back into her life, little by little. He needs to. She doesn't need to just fall at his feet now that he is back.

Like I said earlier...this book is way too addictive and I loved every single minute of it. I really wish I would have had the time to read it earlier, like when I received the book. I know now I was totally missing out on its goodness. Read it for yourself and see what I am talking about. It is a must read that recommend to all who love a fabulous NA read. And I am itching to read Bo's story now.

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