Reviewed by Kini
Kellan McVey is Burnham College’s most prolific athlete, partier, and ladies’ man—and that’s just how he likes it. Returning to reign for his third year, he wants nothing to change. Then Andrea Walsh shows up.
It wasn’t too long ago that Andi and Kellan were lifelong friends, mortal enemies, and, for one hot summer, more. Then Kellan left and Andi stayed behind.
Kellan thought he’d moved past that last summer’s heartbreak, but with Andi sitting next to him in class, befriending his friends, and battling for the same once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity, he’s starting to remember why he hated her…and why he loved her.
Kellan has a long list of reasons that falling for Andi again is a terrible idea, though every new moment together challenges that theory. But Andi’s all too familiar with Kellan’s love ’em and leave ’em approach—and she’s found someone else to get serious about.
Burnham’s campus king has never had to fight for a girl, but if he wants Andi to give him another chance, he’ll have to do the one thing he’s never had the nerve to do: admit it.
I have not been shy about my love for Julianna Keyes, I have read and loved all of her books and Undeclared was no exception. This book is a little bit enemies to lovers and second chance romance (as much as college students can need a second chance). This probably stands alone okayish, but you’d be denying yourself Crosbie from Undecided as a book boyfriend, so I strongly recommend you read that first.
There is something about this author that makes me highlight so many things because I really want everyone to read her and enjoy her. If you’re uncertain about NA or think it’s too angsty, I think this author has a voice that you might enjoy. I find all her characters to be appropriately angsty and isn’t too heavy on the back and forth that seems to run rampant in NA.
This book is told entirely from Kellan’s POV. Please authors, give me more books that are solely the hero’s POV. Kellan spent the first year at college living it up and trying to find his place in the college world. To Kellan, living it up meant having many, many sexual partners. At least 60. Part of living it up resulted in gonorrhea. This is not presented in a shamey or sex is bad now you will be punished way, but rather something that happened to him. The bulk of the gonorrhea incident takes place in Undecided because it also sort of involved the heroine in that book. This has caused him to reevaluate his place in college and what he wants from it.
Andi is Kellan’s childhood BFF and neighbor. She didn’t go off to college right away due to financial concerns. The summer before Kellan left for college he and Andi were more than friends. But they both ended up heartbroken, but never talked about it, and now when she ends up going to college at Burnham, she wants nothing to do with Kellan. But Burnham is a small college, they end up in the same circle. Andi calls Kellan out when needed and I loved it.
Kellan, “It’s your call. You said you wanted to live life, so here you are. Living. Every girl should fuck at least one asshole, right?”
Her expression darkens and she shoves past me. “Then I guess I’ve met my quota.”
Kellan has to come to terms with his inability to declare things and this is his journey to finding answers. One thing that Keyes’ does so well is the relationships with the men. I don’t really like the word bromance, but I can’t think of a better one. Kellan helps Crosbie with illusions. There are several scenes with Kellan and one of his guy friends. I love when we see MC’s with friends/a life outside of their romantic partner. Kellan has a love/hate relationship with his course advisor, Bertrand who takes Kellan under his wing and guides him to some answers. They have many quote worthy exchanges.
“He keeps up the innocent charade for a full two seconds, then says, “You fucked up, bro.”
I laugh sadly. “They pay you to provide this advice?”
When Kellan works his way back into Andi’s good graces, their romance is sweet and hot in the best ways. For a college kid, Kellan is kind of a dirty talker.
“This. I missed this. Not fingering Andi, not kissing her, not fighting her. This. This moment when her gaze goes glassy and her muscles relax and the bravest, most terrifying girl I’ve ever known gives me a glimpse of her soft side, something very few people have ever seen. Ever deserved to see.”
The course of their relationship felt true to me. I loved watching Kellan get his girl, even with stumbles along the way. He isn’t perfect, he knows it. But he feels Andi is the one for him. Kellan’s journey to being able to declare things was great. There were some few things that I didn’t like, but they were all small and nothing that keeps me from loving this books. I strongly recommend this book.