***Review of Undeclared by Jen Frederick***
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.
Nicole’s Review ~
Wow, I am sucker for a military man and Noah did not disappoint, well maybe a little but that is because he is a man and was a little confused. I absolutely love Grace she is your typical young woman who is not quite sure what she wants to do with her life. Noah and Grace both had rough childhoods and both faced their own form of struggle due to this.
Noah and Grace has been pen pals for 4 years while Noah is deployed at first for Grace it was a school assignment and for Noah his superior told the men they had to respond. What I liked the most was that you got a tiny glimpse of the first letters back and forth and then you were pulled into the present day and with each chapter you were given a little more of these letters.
In Noah’s mind because he didn’t have money and still needed to adjust to civilian life all over again he decided to cut all ties with Grace. Grace is beyond heartbroken because she has fallen in love with her solider and he has basically dismissed her now that he is home.
Grace moves forward or so it appears with her life attending college and living with her cousin. Underneath this though you start to see the young girl who has lost people and is scared to move forward. I loved this about Grace it made her more relatable because we have all been at that point in our lives that we didn’t know what to do or where scared of rejection.
Noah isn’t the smoothest of operators when it comes to women and that’s because they have always just come to him. When he sends Grace the letter letting her know he doesn’t see as more than a little sister in his mind he believes once he is where he wants to be in life she will just accept him. He does expect a little bit of a fight but he is not completely prepared for her reaction to him or her resistance to hear him out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and how these two came together. There are times where the book dragged a little but it was well worth it in the end. Also I did find a few places when things were repeated and that was a little frustrating. If you love your military men and you like the more related female leads then this book is totally for you.
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