Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

Series: Burnham College, #2
Author: Julianna Keyes
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½


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.

This book was a good, but uncomfortable read. It’s all Kellan’s fault. The thoughts in that guy’s head are enough to make most girls cringe. I got the reasoning behind his choices. They were pretty understandable — but understanding doesn’t mean liking. No girl wants to go through what Andi went through because of a guy. As a woman, I couldn’t empathize with Kellan. Kellan was an idiot.  I could only empathize with what I was imagining Andi was going through.

Which brings me to my next thought about Undeclared. Being in Kellan’s brain was insightful, but I would have really liked to know what was going on in Andi’s mind. I liked her character and how Kellan described her. I felt like she would have been more of an inspiring character to hear their love story through. I wanted to know what she thought about Kellan’s past couple of years at college. I wanted to know what continued to draw her to him besides his obvious good looks.

My favorite part of Undeclared had to be when Kellan is knocked off his throne. I loved seeing him finally discovering what was most important in life. His friends and family were so pivotal in that, and that was very cool. I liked their support of him, no matter how stupid he acted. I absolutely love the friendships in this series.

Despite my frustrations with Kellan, I still liked reading Undeclared. I’m a fan of Julianna Keyes’ writing and her Burnham College series. I’m happy I got to know Kellan better after meeting him in Undecided. I’m hoping this series will have many more books to come featuring Choo, Dane, and Marcela.

11 thoughts on “Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes”

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t like this one as much as the first. From what I’ve seen from other reviews most people don’t seem to like this one as much. I’ll still try the series some day though haha!

    1. I think it might have been the switch from a female MC to a male that caused the issue. He was just an idiot at times.

  2. I have to admit that I’m kind of interested in reading the cringe worthy thoughts, just because I always like seeing weird relationships and things from a guy’s point of view (since most books are in the point of view of the girl). So glad to see that there are strong friendships in this book, though – those seem to be difficult to come by, and they’re always appreciated when they’re around!

    1. Cringe worthy = his trying to rationalize his manwhore ways. LOL.
      If you like the male POV, Emma Chase has a couple of good series. I especially like her Legal Briefs one.

  3. Couldn’t agree more. Kellan was such an idiot that it made it so hard for me to like him even a little. I just couldn’t connect as much as the first book.

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