Book Review: Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick

Summary: 
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.

Release Date: April 28, 2013
Age Group:  New Adult
Source: Review copy from author

Review:
The summary of this book drew me in, and by the time I had finished the first few pages, I was absolutely hooked.  I sped through Undeclared in one day, finding it difficult to put down.

The premise of two people having a long-standing friendship via pen-and-paper letters is so romantic.  I love that Grace and Noah fell in love with each other (without really acknowledging it) through letters, without ever having met in person.  I don't like books based on physical attraction only, and I especially don't like reading about love at first sight.  So, Grace and Noah's long-standing friendship was perfect for me.


Undeclared is a new adult novel, with several bedroom scenes, some of which are explicit.  I know it must be hard to draw the line between adult and new adult, and with that being said, I would not recommend this book to anyone under 17 (17 and over is the author's recommended age for this book).  Anyway, for people who like love scenes, you will be happy with the ones in Undeclared.  They are pretty hot and heavy!

My favorite part about Undeclared was the slow build to Grace and Noah's relationship, and the character growth in both characters, especially Grace.  I loved that she decides on a major based on her wants, and determinedly pursues her own dreams.  

I would definitely recommend Undeclared, especially to fans of contemporary new adult novels.  I liked the writing, plot, and pacing and would be happy to read more from Jen Frederick.  Her next book will feature Noah's best friend---I love series where each book can stand alone, and each book focuses on one character.  You get plenty of closure from book to book, with no dramatic cliffhanger endings.  I love that!


 
     


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