Posted on January 27, 2017
Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes. Breath of fresh air in NA.
When reviews began to appear in my feed, I was intrigued. What was in this book that everyone seems to love it? After finishing it I see its appeal. I read a lot of NA. It saddens me to admit, but average NA book usually brings instant-love romance with two broken characters healing each other, spiced up with sex and dirty talk. It often features your usual womanizer athletic hero and nerdy virginal heroine. After some time this concept loses its appeal.
Undecided definitely stand out among others. I think its strongest aspect is romance: realistic, mature, low on angst. Julianna Keyes also wrote great characters: real and likable.
Nora was an invisible nerdy girl in high school, her nickname Nora Bora. She wanted to start a new life in college. So she partied a lot. By the end of the year she almost lost her scholarship and got arrested after drunken stupid stunt. So that year she planned to be a Nora Bora again: she said good-bye to parties, alcohol and Marsela (her best friend, who apparently was a bad influence). One day she saw an ad about studious studend looking for a serious nerdy roommate and went for it. To her surprise her new roommate is Kellan, infamous player Kellan who is well known for his athletic results and a long list of hook-up girls which placed on the wall in men bathroom. Kellan with whom Nora had drunken sex in closet at a party last year. Kellan who have no recollection of their closet fumbling at all. Kellan has the best friend Crosbie – also an athlete and womanizer with his own list of Crosbabies on a bathroom wall.
I loved the romance in this book. Both Crosbie and Nora had presumptions about each other. I enjoyed how they peeled off superficial layers and got to know each other.
I also like that this book written in first POV. I usually relate more to female main character and I also feel like books with dual POV are lacking mystery element. I like to guess what the other character think. I also find annoying that some authors think that a way to write a male POV is by throwing several f*ck words and a lot of sex thinking. There aren’t many books with male POV that I loved.
My only complaint about this book is that I felt like the plotline with Nora’s parents was left unfinished. I wish the author would explore this aspect of Nora’s life.
All in all I enjoyed Undecided a lot. I highly recommend it to fans of NA, as well as to those of you disappointed by this genre. Give it a try. This book is worth it.
PS. They changed the cover. It definitely doesn’t have “love-triangle vibe”, but I don’t like this new version.