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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.

236 pages, ebook

First published February 27, 2017

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Julianna Keyes

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Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. It'll happen.

She also writes happily offbeat thrillers as Elaine Murphy.

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647 reviews28.7k followers
February 17, 2017
Undecided was a complete gem, earning a spot as one of my top reads of 2016; so naturally, I was giddy at the thought of jumping back into campus life at Burnham College.

Let me just get it over with and put this out there - Kellan is no Crosbie. Not even close.

Kellan, Crosbie’s best friend and Nora’s old roommate, was the quintessential frat guy, in book one. Can you say total douchebag? He checked the requisite boxes for every cliché, so there’s no point in avoiding the obvious; he started this story off with a huge disadvantage. Nothing insurmountable by any means, but he had a lot to prove before I would ever even consider joining Team Kellan. We’ve all seen it done countless times before, a manwhore changing his spots for the right girl, and I figured if anyone could pull it off, it might be Julianna Keyes. She did deliver Crosbie after all.

It breaks my heart even having to admit this, but UNDECLARED was no where near as special to me as Crosbie and Nora’s story. I love a second chance romance, it’s probably my favorite storyline in this genre, and for one reason in particular - the history between the couple usually cements a deeper connection. A stronger bond. Something more than just lust. Not so much for Kellan and Andi.

Even though we're told little tidbits of their shared past - growing up together as best friends and worst enemies and ultimately spending a few months as “summer sex friends" - it didn't translate to the two people standing in front of me. I never felt the intensity between Kellan and Andi on a deeper level and the fact that there are zero meaningful conversations between them, only made it worse. That's my take, at least. I wanted more. More personality. More passion. More depth. More of that spark I felt in UNDECIDED.

This might not be my favorite book, but I’m almost positive it won’t be my last from this author.

*Thank you to Julianna Keyes and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Jennifer Kyle.
2,415 reviews4,661 followers
February 14, 2017
4.25”Kellan 2.0” STARS


What happens when the best looking guy at school who is the highest scorer on the Burnham’s bathroom hook list’s childhood friend, nemesis/lover arrives with a partial scholarship to campus?

”She’s not my first anything – Well, okay, she’s not my first love –“ They gasp on cue and cover their mouths joyfully. “Walsh is number one on the sex list?” Dane exclaims. “Oh man. Everything makes so much sense and yet no sense at all.”


Andi hasn’t really spoken to Kellan since they went to a baseball game where Kellan thought all went well three years ago. Kellan had talked her into practicing his sex moves together before he left college and to him that was all there was to it. Although this story is told completely in the male pov of Kellan as a woman I just know what our Andi is thinking throughout the story. Things get really interesting when Andi starts dating a guy named Crick.

”First to five,” he tells Andi, tossing her the ball. He slings his jacket to the ground and as he does so, she scores a point. Then she takes off her hoodie to reveal the plain white tank top underneath. This is Andi’s standard outfit; I’ve seen it a million times. I’ve seen the careless hair and the sports bra and all the normal pieces of her, I’ve just never seen them through the lens of a guy who wants her. I’m talking about Crick, of course.”


This story is as solidly written and as funny as the first book. Though it takes Kellan a year and day to realize and declare his love for Andi. Nevertheless the story has some terrific characters like that Marcella in the mix.

”You know what’s going to happen?” Choo says. “Nate and Andi are going to meet and fall in love, and you two losers will be sitting by yourself at the wedding, wishing you’d made better choices.”


Andi is a terrific heroine and though her pov isn’t included her character does speak up for herself enough to show she’s not a doormat and how Kellan’s actions and nonactions hurt her. So many scenes I wanted him to connect to his feelings for Andi and it did aggravate me that I waited so long and she was put through so much no matter how real feel it was.

”I knew how you felt – there was no going back if I put it out there. And I wanted to know what else was out there. I had to see.”


Nevertheless, our reformed playboy does finally see the light although it’s a brutal journey at times. He declares not only a major but his love for his girl!


*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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662 reviews2,462 followers
April 8, 2017

➦Here I go again with yet another new adult college romance this week. I think I've reached my quota for the month. lol!

➦I absolutely loved the first book in the series - it has pretty unique characters, good writing and an interesting plot. And guess what? This one has it all too PLUS the humor which I don't remember the first book having. I was actually surprised at how much chuckling was happening while reading this.

➦Now, the characters are interesting but that's not to say that every reader will love them. If you are one of those people who gets easily irritated with slightly immature and indecisive characters then you might want to reconsider picking this one up.

Yeah, you can. But I'm here to make sure you pick a right book for YOU!

➦But let's face it, when we're talking about 20-something year olds we must take into account that not all of them will be rational and mature. It is that age of making mistakes and learning from them.

➦This is what I wanted to do to the hero at about 60% into the book:


➦80% Recharging... preparing more fish... and stuff.


➦And despite all that I STILL loved the book lol I honestly think it's because I found the hero funny. He was pretty immature, like so many young guys in college might be, searching for something that was in front of him from the start. But hey, he arrived there.

➦Holy shit, I found this while searching for a slow turtle gif. That's cray cray! lol Anywhoo. Read this if you like college romances and 'loved you since childhood' tropes. And have le patience for my boy Kellan here. Or don't. You've been warned :D
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April 15, 2017
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Undeclared by Julianna Keyes
Book Two of the Burnham College series
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is a New Adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

What I Liked:

Undeclared was without doubt my most anticipated New Adult publication of 2017. I loved Undecided - so much it became my new favorite NA book - and I couldn't wait to read the follow-up. While I didn't love this book like I loved Undecided (would that even be possible?), I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

Undeclared is Kellan's story, and it starts at the end of summer, leading into the beginning of hir junior year. Before heading back to Burnham for the new academic year, Kellan seeks out his childhood and former hook-up, Andi. He and Andi did not part on good terms two summer ago, before Kellan left for Burnham and Andi stayed in Avilla. Years later, she is still angry with him. And as it would turn out, she is starting her first year at Burnham, with a volleyball scholarship. Kellan is notorious for his promiscuous behavior, but what everyone doesn't know is that he left Avilla two years ago with a broken heart, and wanted a fresh start from Andi. But now that they're back to being in the same space - and having the same friends too - Kellan and Andi can't ignore their brokenhearted past, or their unknown future.

Clearly this is a second-chance romance story, and I will be very upfront by saying that I do not usually like second-chance romances. It's because someone got burned a long time ago, and now here is the story of two hurt people (at least one, anyway) falling in love again... it's not always pretty, it's never fun, and I'm not here for that kind of story. However, I've read several of Keyes' adult novels, and one was a second-chance romance. I loved that book (Time Served). And I loved Undecided (which was not a second-chance romance, by the way), so there was no way I wasn't going to give this book a chance.

Both Kellan and Andi are hurt about what happened two summers ago (when the "broke up", Kellan went to Burnham, Andi stayed in Avilla). Andi has always openly loved Kellan, but Kellan could never force the words into his brain, let alone out of his mouth. Fast-forward to now - there is even more angst and heartbreak between the two of them. With Kellan's literal list of women he's hooked up with between him and Andi, and Andi being tired of waiting for Kellan, you know this story isn't going to be easy. And it wasn't. But... that's one of the things I liked about it.

This book is written in Kellan's point-of-view, which was awesome! Exclusively his first-person POV. I loved getting in his head, when it came to track, Andi, his promiscuous past, his friends. It broke my heart, experiencing his feelings whenever his sexcapades were brought into conversation by one idiot or anything, because you can tell how Kellan isn't proud of himself anymore. Kellan has matured so much, between Undecided and Undeclared, but also in Undeclared. He has so much more depth than what everyone expects (the jock playboy who will sleep with anyone). This book is about Kellan, and not just his romance with Andi. He matures and becomes a better guy, a better student, a better athlete, and a better person in general. I like Kellan 2.0.

I was surprised when I actually liked Andi, from the start. I thought I'd dislike her initially because she was the one that put the brakes on their "relationship" those summers ago, and honestly she was a little mean to him, when they first start interacting at Burnham. But then I put myself in her shoes... honestly, she was much nicer than I would have been. My petty butt would have been vicious.

Anyway, Andi was fine in the beginning and she grew on me even more. I didn't really like that she was interested in another guy at first (I like the romance linear), but I didn't mind because that ended up trickling out less than halfway, and she wasn't interested in him like she was in Kellan. Even though Andi wasn't one to play games, she was quite good at getting Kellan to notice her and want to seek her out. Andi is smart and also protective of her heart - and with good reason.

Watching the pair stumble along and find their way was hard, heartbreaking, but also sweet and sometimes steamy. They fight constantly in the beginning, and that leads to some other passionate encounters... they are great together. The romance is different because they both already loved each other - but they grew into those feelings, and that was fun and swoony to watch. They have to hash out and work through a lot of stuff, but it was worth the angst and occasional (small) drama.

No love triangle, no cheating, no surprise babies - it's all Kellan and Andi (though at first, like I said, it seems like Andi might be into someone else). I don't really like the diversion bit (Andi being interested in someone else) but it served a purpose. The romance is both bittersweet and swoony, steamy and passionate.

I loved how the male relationships are so important in this book. Crosbie, Dane, Choo, and several other male characters make a lot of appearances in this book, and they are so crucial to Kellan's story. They're a hilarious and solid support system for Kellan, whether he knows it or not. She's not a dude but Nora (Crosbie's girlfriend) is also frequently in this book, and I loved all of her and Crosbie's snippets. They are the cutest!

I've probably said enough! This book was great overall. I'm not a big fan of second-chance romance novels, but this one was good. I think Keyes did Kellan's story justice.

What I Did Not Like:

The diversion aspect of the romance could have just not existed (Andi being interested in the basketball player - they didn't "do" anything, for anyone wondering). Sure, there was nothing sexual about Andi and the basketball player BUT that whole plot point was unnecessary.

I've mentioned how I struggle with second-chance romances so if you're like me, know that this book has those aspects of second-chance romances that you struggle with (the angst, the heartbreak, the anger, the hurt, and a wee bit of drama). It's not terrible, like some books?

Would I Recommend It:

I didn't love this book like I loved Undecided (again, probably because of the second-chance romance aspect), but I liked it a lot and I don't think it disappointed at all. I definitely missed the funny back-and-forth banter of Crosbie and Nora's relationship, but Kellan and Andi's relationship had its own tone and quality to it, and for that, I can't fault the book. I do recommend this book if you've read Undecided. If you haven't read Undecided and are thinking about starting with this book (Undeclared)... don't - read Undecided (first). You won't regret it!


4 stars. A solid companion sequel and addition to the series. I liked this book and I adored Kellan even more than I already did. I think he really redeemed himself in this book, with Andi and in general. Take whatever you thought about him in Undecided and be prepared to take a closer look at this guy!

UPDATE (February 22nd, 2017):

Friends! Undecided by Julianna Keyes is on sale for only $1.99! This is such an amazing sale for a FANTASTIC book. I don’t throw around the word “favorite” very often… but this is one of my favorite books. :) Buy it at $1.99 for a limited time only, before Undeclared publishes!


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EDIT, December 31st, 2016: Soooo December isn't going to happen (obviously), but here's hoping Undeclared will happen in 2017!


Second book I've created on Goodreads! I loved Undecided and can't wait to read this companion novel - Kellan's story. The author began writing it in July 2016 and hopes to have it ready to go in December - cross your fingers, folks! :D
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1,910 reviews852 followers
February 27, 2017
I loved Undecided! Crosbie and Nora’s romance just ticked all the boxes for me. I read and enjoyed Undeclared, Kellan’s story, in 24 hours, but I didn’t love it, and that basically came down to Kellan. Still, like I said I read the book in a short amount of time, hooked by the story.

I adored Andi, and felt bad for her, because it was inferred that Kellan somehow broke her heart before he left for college. She wasn’t mean to Kellan, when she really could’ve been. Andi’s priority was college, having had to wait two years while saving money to go, you could tell it was important to her.

I didn’t like Kellan in Undecided. Yeah, I get that I’m not supposed to be judgmental if a guy sleeps with a bunch of girls, without promising them anything other than a good time, but hooking up with sixty-three girls without even bothering to find out a good majority of their names doesn’t stir up feelings of swoon for me. I was soooo ready to change my opinion of him, especially if his actions were motivated by heartbreak, but Kellan was just so self-absorbed and clueless for much of this book! He had no clue what upset Andi at that baseball game?!! Really?!! Omg, I wanted to smack upside the head, he was so stupid!

I keep reminding myself that Kellan is only twenty-one/twenty-two, so I should give this guy a break. There are not many twenty-one year old guys out there like Crosbie, with his big heart, most fall into the Kellan range of emotional maturity, but Crosbie set the bar high for me in the first book. Still, I rooting for Kellan to get it right, because even when he kept screwing things up you could tell he loved Andi. I wanted him to get it right especially for Andi, because she really deserved it! Boy-oh-boy, when they were on the right track they burned up the pages! Julianna Keyes writes some hot stuff!

I do love this world Ms. Keyes has created, and I’d love more stories at Burnham. I was thrilled to “see” Crosbie and Nora together and happy; leaving no doubt they’re in it for good. Marcela was delightfully wicked and hilarious, and I enjoyed her “adversarial” relationship with Kellan. The book had some fun, clever humor. I cracked up over the Halloween pun costumes! But most of all, I loved how everything turned out with Kellan and Andi. I got some insight into why he kept screwing things up, and I finally fell for him.

A copy was kindly provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.<.i>
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1,321 reviews285 followers
September 9, 2020
Reread 9/2020

Original Review:
Sometimes I'm just in the mood for NA. My last read kind of got me there. In reviewing my list, I decided to settle on Julianna Keyes since the first offering was so solid. I found myself recalling so much of that book that I'm not completely sure why I only rated it a 3, further solidifying the fact that I'm a moody reader.

Keyes has an unpretentious, realistic style. She's not sentimental or flowery, just pretty real. In this installment, we get to see everyone's favorite recovered gonorrhea patient, Kellan. I'm not saying this to be flip-it was a very big part of the first book of this series and a very real foundation for Kellan's development. While there are jokes here and there (I've mentioned my sensitivity to this) it's not done in the tasteless, easy manner of some other authors (ahem) but more that way that friends remind you that you made a mistake and you'll never live it down. Again, with the set up that Kellan fucked his way through freshman year, used sophomore year to pick up the pieces, and is now turning to junior year without knowing who he is or what his major is, his childhood best friend and 'first' on the list is returns to his life from the prior two years of shutting him out. It's painful, yet a delight to see Kellan's longing for her impossible nature--she denies him or ignores him for much of the first third of the book. She doesn't want to associate with him or live in his shadow. Not because of his list, but because she's really trying to stand on her own and just resort to the boy she's loved forever.

What results is a stumbling, realistic college romance. Kellan and Andi are funny, tentative with each other, honest and sweet (oddly, one of the moments that really got me was when someone said "Andrea Walsh" and he corrected them on the pronunciation...because it's these little moments that I feel like characters show how they care.) It was their easy joking back and forth, and their appreciation of one another.

To tell it from Kellan's POV was lovely. He wouldn't be a super easy character to not pass off as a douche (though he didn't necessarily always come across as such in the first) but seeing his internal thoughts made it impossible to doubt his feelings for Andi. Because he knows her so well, it really worked for me in this book. Andi wasn't a mystery, though as in every first person romance, it's more difficult to know her. Her motivations were still understandable.

I'm surprised to say I found the last 15% or so quite moving, with a very romantic but not overdone ending.
April 19, 2017
4 ★'s

I went back and forth about reading Kellan's book. I guess because I didn't want to read about another manwhore gone good. So imagine my surprise when that is exactly what happens except with a twist.

And that twist is Kellan's childhood friend and competitor, Andrea, aka Andi. He hasn't seen or spoken to her for two years and he doesn't know what he did to upset her but he's determined to find out...it just takes a while.

He's a little shocked to see her at his college when school starts back especially because he had just talked to her and she didn't say a word about moving there. But she has the same desires that he had...to break out of her small town mold and live. (and yes, that means everything it implies!)

That kind of kills Kellan because he's moved past that and is coming to terms with exactly what he wants. But she asks for help and he has to help her...it's super angsty!

We get a lot of the gang from the first book especially Kellan's best friend, Crosbie. I enjoyed everything they brought to the story and how they were there for Kellan when he really needed them. I loved how clueless he was! ;)


When Kellan is finally seeing the light, we get some cringe worthy moments. I was just happy that things were finally moving forward.

I didn't really care for the whole sport show...I felt it took away from the story. The only shining moment was Choo's. (maybe his book is next?)

However, I did enjoy the little spin his counselor, Mr. Bertrand, put on things. It was interesting to see how he and Kellan helped each other out.

~Sigh~ I guess there's nothing like going home and getting some good ol' advice from dear ol' Dad to put things in the right perspective. And it certainly doesn't hurt that the person you love lives right next door. Gotta love that ending!
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February 18, 2017
When I first met Kellan in Undecided, I wasn't really sure if I liked him or not. He had good traits but there were things I didn't like about him. I'm so glad this author took a chance and gave Kellan his own story to tell because it was fantastic! There were parts that had me laughing out loud - some of the dialog between Kellan and his friends was absolutely hilarious. I really enjoyed the relationships he had with his friends and their witty banter. Kellan wasn't anything like I was expecting - he was sensitive and unsure of himself at times. I loved that this book was told entirely from his POV - I think that is what made this story work so well, even though I didn't always agree with his actions, it was easy to understand why he made the decisions he did. This was a fun, mostly light, steamy and funny romance and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good college romance! I really hope this author continues this series because I would love to read more about some of the side characters. This is a standalone - you don't have to read Undecided to enjoy this book but I recommend reading that book too because it's awesome. I loved this book so much - it's a top pick of 2017 for me and I can't wait to re-read it.
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709 reviews223 followers
February 12, 2017
I think I'm broken. I don't know what is wrong with me but nothing I normally enjoy reading is working for me. I loved the first book in this series but something just didn't click with this one. I found myself rushing to finish it just to get it over with.
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March 20, 2017
Undecided was one of my top reads last year.It just had that special something that totally hooked me and made me fall in love with it. I was super excited to have more from this world but maybe I was a bit too excited. Undeclared definitely didn't have that same special quality but I did win up enjoying it still.

This book focuses on Kellan from the last book and his childhood friend (and at a time friend with benefits) in a kind of friends to lovers/second chance romance sort of story. I think Kellan was part of the reason this wasn't as amazing as Undecided. He doesn't have the special spark or lovability that Crosby had. He is a little shallow and slow on the uptake sometimes. Still, I think he did grow as the book went on and I came to appreciate him more. Then there is Andi the girl from home who shows up at Burnham unexpectedly. She was someone I think I would like in real life but also didn't jump off the page at me because hse was pretty reserved. I think having her POV would have helped so much here to add more depth to her character.

Overall I did like the two together and think the book got stronger as it progressed. I was happy to see Crosby and Nora and some of the other gang back. While I didn't love this one like Undecided I would certainly pick up more books from this series if they are written.This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog
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March 4, 2017
4 “Jump” Stars!!!

I was surprised that this whole book was written from Kellan’s pov!!! It doesn’t happen a lot, and I truly believe that not every author can do it and do it well. But this author CAN and she DID!!! I really enjoyed Kellan’s pov. I honestly think that if it was an alternating pov, I would not have enjoyed it so much, and I think if it was only from Andrea’s pov, I probably wouldn’t have liked it at all. Lol. I liked that I was kept in the dark about what Andrea was thinking because she had been shit on so many times by Kellan. She loved him her whole life and he kept her waiting their whole lives.

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Everyone in town knows Andi’s been in love with me for as long as we can remember, and I’m the only one who pretends not to know.

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Kellan is your typical man-whore jock, but the story begins after he has an eye-opening experience, and is forced to re-evaluate his priorities. This whole story is centered around Kellan trying to become a better person. It wasn’t unbelievable. Keyes does an excellent job developing these characters.

Kellan and Andi are childhood frenemies. They’ve lived next door to each other forever, and have memories upon memories. The summer before college, they even agree to be each other’s firsts, then agree to go their separate ways. After a couple years, life brings them back together, but this time, Kellan is different. He sees life and Andrea is a new way (but not cheesy. He’s not like, all of the sudden in love with her. Lol.). Because he is a guy (*rolls eyes), he doesn’t realize that he loves her or is afraid to admit it to himself. So he goes through some delicious jealousy when she tries to date, and continues to drag her along without knowing it. I loved the back and forth between being friends and then enemies. There are so many “Gah!” moments….you know the ones I’m talkin’ about.

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This moment when her gaze goes glassy and her muscles relax and the bravest, most terrifying girl I’ve ever know gives me a glimpse of her soft side, something very few people have ever seen. Even deserved to see.

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Poor Andi. We don’t get her pov, but I could feel her frustration and agony throughout the torture that is Kellan. He isn’t a bad guy, but he has no idea what he is doing to her. I loved that she isn’t your typical heroine. She is 100% tomboy and has no idea how to flirt or be girly. She was a breath of fresh air to read. In the end, Kellan pulls her through, but she makes him work for it :).

This was my first book my Julianna Keyes, and I am so glad that I gave her a chance. I really enjoyed this one.

ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review

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360 reviews12 followers
March 18, 2017
I honestly have mixed feelings about this one...

It was cute and the concept is something great, but i felt the built up was the whole book.

There were no reassurance, it was like a maze the whole book and most of the times, i have to keep putting it down because the chapter never ends in a good note. It was always unfinished.

I like ending my reading of my day on a good note on the story but I never got that. Not till towards the end. Actually even towards the end..>.<

I loved the first book undecided and I really liked Kellan in the first book, I just didn't feel the same atmosphere I felt when I read the last book. It was like there was no familiarity with the characters. I felt I was meeting these characters for the first time...

I hate saying negative things about a book, so I'll say some good notes.

I think Andi and Kellan was adorable, they were playing so hard to get. They were so similar and they were playing the same game. He pushes, she pulls, He pulls then she pushes. They were a great combination and though it feels they were together the whole book, they were playing tag the whole entire time and that's what's interesting about their relationship I guess <3
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801 reviews46 followers
February 15, 2017
3.5-4 Stars

I know a lot of people didn't really like Kellan in the first book, but I had a soft spot for him, so I was curious to see how his story would turn out.

Turns out, all it took was a genuine friend from his past to bring him to his senses (and knees). Andrea (Andi) grew up next door to Kellan. They had that wonderful childhood where you were always together everyday, playing, fighting, getting into trouble, etc. No matter what happened between them, they always made up and were friends. Of course, there was that secret longtime crush Andi had brewing for Kellan too. But he was apparently unaware of it......played it off like he didn't know....and maybe that was because he didn't want to ruin a good friendship which I understand. (I totally connected with this part because my neighborhood was the same way.....everyone came out everyday to play or whatever.....got called in for dinner....and then back out to play if not school days.....and yes, there might have been a boy next door that I crushed on all through my childhood, but that was then, this is now.....he recently moved back in with his Mom who is still living next door to my Mom.....ummmmm nope......LOL!)

There are some sparks between them the summer before Kellan leaves for college. They get into a bit of a tiff at the end of that summer......BUT! Then he leaves. Yep, just leaves, no goodbyes. Of course, that's was Andi's choice too. And they don't talk again for two years!!! TWO YEARS PEOPLE!!

And then guess who's starting at Kellan's college.....that's right, Andi.

I won't go any further, you'll have to read it to see what happens. I will say I give Andi a ton of credit for putting up with him....I would have dumped his ass to the curb years ago!! But, true love, and all that.....haha! And we also have glimpses of Crosbie and Nora from Undecided throughout the book which was great!

I was provided an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
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1,730 reviews352 followers
March 1, 2017
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Kellan went to college two years ago and decided to live it up. What we didn't know about Kellan is that he came to school after spending the summer LIVING with his childhood best frenemy. In Undecided Kellan ends up contacting an STI. Even though it's curable, it changes him. Now he's rethinking what started this whole LIVING mess in the first place, and that was Andi.

Tomboy Andi who always tagged along, and was always competing with him when they were younger. The Andi who hasn't talked to him in two whole years while he was away LIVING. He wants to be Kellan 2.0, but he doesn't think he can do that without figuring out what went wrong with Andi. Then he will go back to school and get back to his new life. Away from her, and away from his hometown. Or so he thinks...

I don't want to spoil their story, so this review is pretty vague. I didn't know what to expect from Kellan's story! If I remember correctly there weren't any hints in book one to where things would lead. Well, even without knowing anything I still couldn't WAIT to see how things ended up for him and I loved his story! I loved how it wasn't simple by any means. I enjoyed the fact that he was with someone he had known from back home and for so long. Though there was some angst, I enjoyed that it wasn't TOO over the top. This was a well written best friends to lovers to enemies to beyond complicated... romance!

Extremely well written. Highly recommend to anyone who loves new adult friends to lovers (with a healthy dash of frenemies) romance!
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315 reviews337 followers
May 6, 2017
This is my fourth book by Julianna Keyes and her second NA novel.

Honestly, I don't know why she isn't more popular.

No, that's not quite right. Unlike other authors, Ms. Keyes creates very realistic characters, flawed and unsentimental. Which doesn't mean it isn't romantic. Undecided was very romantic. Undeclared has one of the most romantic endings I've read in a long time. But she works very unromantic elements (STD's!) into her stories that are simply real life occurrences which, quite honestly, after all the schmaltz and cheese that I've been reading especially in NA, feels good. Simply good.

Nonetheless, even cynical me couldn't stop mumbling quietly 'oh that's so sweet' when Kellan finally gets his head out of his arse and tells Andi why he has been such an idiot.

As for Andi. I loved her, admired her, and it's good fun to see that, despite her love for Kellan, she won't put up with his crap.

Can't wait for a new book by Ms. Keyes. She's a brilliant writer!

Oh, and for those who don't like NA, she's written non-NA contemporaries. Again, she doesn't do saccharine sweet, but it's never ever boring.
April 14, 2017
I really enjoyed the first book of the Burnham College series Undecided but unfortunately this was not as good.

Remember Kellan McVey? The biggest player/frat boy on campus? Well, he is in shock after seeing Andrea Walsh attending Burnham College. Andi used to be Kellan’s closest friend, sometimes nemesis and for one summer before he left for college, his “friends with benefits”. He had no idea she is attending on a partial scholarship and wants to amend their friendship. As he spends time with her, he starts to feel things he doesn’t understand but does Andi feel the same way?

The romance was quite disappointing right from the beginning. I generally love second chance romances but there was little spark or chemistry between Kellan and Andi. They were very awkward with each other for most of the novel and it was really hard to understand why they even liked each other.

From the previous novel we know that Kellan is quite the playboy and frat boy jerk but he kept treating Andi bad in this novel which I did not like. For example he would think about how he thought Andi was a “backup” in life. It honestly felt like he was only pursuing her because she stopped worshipping him like every other girl and his ego couldn't handle it. I think this novel would have been greatly improved if it had included Andi’s POV because I really did not understand what she saw in him. I liked how she was written and how she stood her ground against Kellan so it would have been great to actually get inside her head.

At 75% of the novel Kellan was still treating Andi poorly...he had a ton of opportunities to ?

Overall this was a bit disappointing but I will definitely read the rest of this series as Undecided was very good and the writing/pacing itself was fine, just not the story for me!

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2,120 reviews1,365 followers
February 27, 2017


I loved Undecided last year, LOVED. Despite that however, I was a little bit wary about Undeclared. I mean I was excited about it, but part of me was very nervous because I just wasn't that big of a fan of Kellan. He was a manwhore and a really gross one at that - I know I shouldn't judge but he slept with 63 women and most of whose names he couldn't even bother to remember. That's not swoony book boyfriend material. Still, I wanted to read this one at least for the Nora and Crosbie cameos.

For the most part, I thought this book was okay, but I wasn't as impressed as I hoped I would be. I think my dislike for Kellan really played a role in that. We (thankfully) don't see him acting as a complete dickhead here, but even though his STD scare forces him to re-evaluate his life, I didn't find him to be particularly likeable. I did warm up to him by the end, but again, I wasn't blown away by his character by any means. I really really think this book could have benefited from Andi's POV to balance out Kellan's. She was the better character for me, and I enjoyed getting to know her.

As far as the romance goes, I felt conflicted. I thought Andi and Kellan had great chemistry together, and I loved all their scenes together as well. However, I would have liked to see more flashbacks of them as friends. This is a second-chance romance, after all, and for those to be successful for me, I need to see the connection between the two. I also felt like there was a serious lack of communication between Kellan and Andi. So many times, I just wanted them to talk it out and figure their shit out together, which led to major frustration on my part.

I did really like the secondary characters. It was nice to see Nora and Crosbie again, and some of the newer characters as well were very charming. There's no doubt that Keyes has a very addicting writing style, but Undeclared just wasn't entirely the book for me because of personal preferences. I still recommending picking up Undecided 100% however and I will always look back on it fondly.
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621 reviews178 followers
April 19, 2017
3 Second Chance Stars

What's it about:
College Man-Slut realises that, after playing the field with more than 60 women, he was in love with his very first.

The best bits: Kellan is quite endearing, refardless of his flawed logic and poor choices. I love a good College romance. I love childhood friends-to- lovers. And I love a bit of humour. This book has all three.

The worst bit: I also love tension and passion and chemistry. This book had none.

Recommended for: Fans of the first book will love catching up with Kellan McEvay again!
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455 reviews57 followers
February 27, 2017

4 “Player, Friends, Lists & Love” Stars

ARC provided by the author

Thank you!!

I just want to put it out there that while I’m not a fan of shirtless people on book covers, this one looks really beautiful. I like what the cover artist did here—it’s tasteful, romantic and sexy at the same time. *insert heart eyes emoji*

You know what else deserves a heart eyes emoji? This story. Damn, I really enjoyed this.

This is my second Julianna Keyes’ book and it definitely won’t be my last. I guess I can’t really say it was as stellar as her first book (which I absolutely LOVED), but Undeclared still kept me hooked from beginning to end.

I met Kellan last year when I read Undecided, and dude won me over then. Kellan was exactly who he needed to be for the friendship triangle to work in Undecided, but it’s in Undeclared that he has his chance to shine.

I’ll warn you from the start that Kellan isn’t the easiest character to fall for. He’s flawed, like really, really flawed, and sometimes he says things that make you go: “Dude, no. Just no.” But the thing with Kellan is that he still manages to be likable no matter what. At least that’s how I felt about him.

Flawed characters like Kellan can either work or go down in flames. Thankfully, it worked for me here. I enjoyed the emotional ride as I went from wanting to strangle him at times to wanting to hug him. Why all that? Because Kellan makes falling in love harder than it already is.

Here we have the former Romeo who couldn’t keep it in his pants trying to build a new life. Kellan 2.0, a guy who’s trying to be a better person, and by that he means trying not to fall in bed with any willing girl in the perimeter. A task that turns near impossible when the girl who broke his heart in the first place comes back into the picture.

See, Kellan had a “friends with benefits” relationship with this closest girl friend/nemesis, Andi. The night before he had to leave for college, Andi stopped talking to him. So he left without asking for an explanation as to why she was mad. Typical Kellan as you’ll soon learn. Dude avoids dealing with his and other people’s feelings for as long as possible. Anyway, Andi’s dismissal breaks his heart, so when he gets to Burnham, he starts sleeping around to forget the pain. That’s how he turns into the Kellan we met in Undecided. But something happens during the first book and Kellan decides to start his third year as a new man, and leave his past where it belongs. Except his past is coming to his present, because Andi is attending Burnham this year.

We have Kellan and Andi thrown together as they try to figure out a way to deal with each other and the feelings (good and bad) that are still very much alive.

Since this is told only from Kellan’s POV (more about that soon), his was the biggest arc. Which means I got one theme from this: Kellan learning how to be a grown up. It almost felt like a coming of age story with Kellan going from the “boy who slept around” to the “man who figured out he could deal with his feelings in a more productive/adult way”. Some people might have a problem with this because it means you get to watch Kellan make some pretty silly choices for a while, but, like I said before, I liked watching this flawed character grow. This is probably the result of my affection for him since the previous books—people who didn’t like Kellan then might have a harder time warming up to him. I didn’t. I was rooting for him. I wanted him to learn how to approach Andi and talk about the things that happened in the past. I wanted him to realize Andi was the woman for him. I wanted him to be less afraid of taking a chance and falling in love again. It isn’t a spoiler when I say I got what I wanted in the end, and I enjoyed watching him get there.

Despite liking how the story progressed, I missed having a more powerful presence on Andi’s part. I wish we had had a few chapters in her POV so we could get to know her better, because Andi was a likable and interesting on her own. I liked how she wasn’t the typical girly-girl and how she was unafraid to put Kellan in his place. I wish we’d seen more of her.

But getting chapters only from Kellan means we got to see more of the people in his life. We got a few scenes with Crosby and Nora (YAY!!!) and the other guys. I can’t say I got enough of Crosby, Nora and Kellan, though. There was something different about their dynamic as a trio, and I preferred the way they interacted in the first book. Having said that, I loved when all the boys were together. I thought they were fun and brought a much lighter tone to the book. And then we have Marcela. She’s just hilarious and all her desperate attempts to get Kellan to help her make her crush jealous made me laugh. I loved every scene between Marcela and Kellan, and how he came to see her as a friend in the end.

So, for me, Undeclared was a great sequel to an amazing debut, and I’m definitely interested in reading more stories from this author.
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1,330 reviews548 followers
February 22, 2017
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3.5 - 4 stars
I enjoyed a look into Kellan 2.0's life...how he matured and grew as a character. I love the bantering and the author's writing is spot on. I felt that there was something I was missing...I still enjoyed the book but I just wanted more...maybe more time together, more communication, just more...I LOVE kellan and wished I enjoyed Andi's character more. This is still a must read series for me and I plan on continuing with it
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238 reviews152 followers
July 9, 2018
Title: Undeclared
Author: Julianna Keyes
Rating: 4 stars

" 'Of course,' she says him, flashing her fake smile. To anyone who doesn't know her, it will look genuine enough, but if you can't see the chipped tooth, it's not real. Crick buys it."

This novel was quite unexpected and I loved it. It was refreshing, well-thought, well-written and smartly developed. After so many NA, this one managed to grab my attention from the very start.
I haven't read the previous installment yet, but I will.
Andy was such a relatable heroine. She stood up for herself and fought for what (or who) she wanted like a grown-up woman. Loved her firm attitude and the way she carried herself.
It's a solid 4 stars.
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1,404 reviews315 followers
April 13, 2021
The way the multiple parts of Kellan’s life were woven together under the Undeclared theme was brilliant. The stuff with the movies. His advisor. I kept perking up each time we saw how truly Undeclared Kellan was.

I love Keyes. I savor her. I read Undecided years ago. And I’m going to go as long as I can before I read her again. There are authors you can inhale. And authors who take your breath away.
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190 reviews2 followers
March 10, 2017
I adore this writers style. so easy to become completely absorbed in her stories.

I was looking forward to seeing how this Hero was redeemed after being the total a@#hole in Undecided. But Im not convinced he was redeemed. Kellan is so totally self absorbed and concerned with his own image...I just couldnt care about him. And my lack of empathy for Kellan was then reflected in my desire to see the heroine Andi run very far away from him...and never look back. It didn't feel like a HEA that she gets lumped with him!!

Love Juliana Keyes writing but nothing would save Kellan for me.

and God, I want to spray paint that damn wall....every inch of it.
3.5 stars.
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340 reviews423 followers
February 26, 2017

The first book in the series, Undecided, was one of my top books of 2016. I was anxiously waiting to read Undeclared even before the blurb came out. I loved the premise since the friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites.

The novel was told entirely from Kellan’s POV, and while I liked the idea for this novel, Undeclared had a problematic and slow start. It dragged in the beginning, took some time for something to happen and get me hooked. I couldn’t connect to Kellan for the first 30% of the book and, sadly, in the end, I still didn’t fall in love with him.

Julianna Keyes writes some of the best sex scenes I’ve ever read. Dialogue continues to be one of the strongest elements in her books. Stil,l I wanted this couple to have more chemistry, passion, more sexual tension. I liked this book but I wanted to love it more.

I enjoyed how the college life felt realistic but some events didn’t contribute to the story or the characters’ development. It definitely won’t be my last book from this author and it made me want to read Undecided again!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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3,231 reviews126 followers
February 12, 2017
There's always trepidation reading the follow up book to one you really liked. Was it a fluke? Did the author just have that one great idea? Is the sequel going to be the same thing all over again? Well breathe easy, this is just as good as Undecided, it might even be better.

Kellen McVey was the douchebag from the first book. The one who had sex with Nora in a closet AND DIDN'T EVEN REMEMBER. The one who got his comeuppance when he found he had caught gonorrhoea and had to contact sixty-three woman to let them know and apologise.

As he starts his third year at Burnham College Kellen has decided to start over, Kellen 2.0. He won't have random sex with a woman without knowing her name. He won't just have random hook-ups full-stop. Then he finds out that his childhood best friend, Andi, the girl he both loved and hated has come to Burnham, two years after him because she had to work to save for college. Before Kellen came to Burnham he and Andi had a few weeks of hot and heavy, then for no reason that he can fathom she stopped talking to him for two years, she practically broke his heart. Now she is at his college and she wants them to pretend not to know each other.

Kellen is ridiculously good looking. Women throw themselves at his feet, he succeeds at everything he tries. he is the golden boy. But even in his third year he hasn't declared a major, and he's avoiding his guidance counsellor.

Andi has been in love with Kellen her entire life and everyone in their little town of Avilla knows it, everyone except Kellen. Every time she takes a chance on Kellen and trusts him with her heart he stomps on her trust, she might be at Burnham College but she won't be foolish enough to trust him again. Because this time he might break it for good.

This novel was such fun to read. We get such an insight into why Kellen behaved the way he did and how difficult it is to change when everyone around you just sees what they want to see. Even when he does make the effort to know a girl it blows up in his face. Juliana Keyes has made an unsympathetic character so relatable and so lost. Nora and Crosbie are still around, still in love and Crosbie gives Kellen some good advice, which he is too scared to take.

Done well YA/NA can be such a great genre and Juliana Keyes has done this so well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this, the shaming lists on the bathroom walls, the film classes, the tiki torches, the bake sale. All of it.

If you like Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Years then you'll enjoy Burnham College. Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Author 8 books162 followers
March 7, 2017
I loved the first book in this series, Undecided, and you can say I was excited when I learned that Kellan was getting his own book. The author didn't disappoint! I may have cracked a smile here and there reading this book (because let's be honest, IT'S FUCKING FUNNY!) and I didn't want people to think I went insane with my excessive laughter, but on the inside I felt like this.


Kellan and Andi grew up together and it was as pleasant as hugging a cactus. I loved these two together. I loved the entire group of friends. Even crazy Marcela. She was downright hilarious and made this book golden. (Can we get her book, please? *puppy-dog eyes*)

Okay, even though Andi was Kellan's nemesis, they still shared this indescribable friendship. Their whole town knew she was crushing hard on Kellan, he did too, but he never said anything about it. I can forgive him for this, he was young. So when he's about to leave for college, he doesn't want to be a virgin anymore and he asks Andi for some practice. They do this for six weeks until something happens at a baseball game and then Andi shuts him out, not uttering a word to him for the next 2 years.

He always wanted to know what changed. He thought everything was okay. During the 2 years in college, he decided to live and he racks up a huge list of names on a bathroom stall's wall. When Andi arrives at the same college, he starts to feel ashamed about that list. Those names meant nothing because they weren't the girl he loved. Homeboy has a hard time figuring out he loves her so it was frustrating at times but you can't do anything but wish for the best!

As much as I loved this book, some of Kellan's actions grated on my nerves and it took away from my overall enjoyment. That scene during the banquet, *sigh* Why did he have to say that?! He could have told the guy to fuck off or something. Anything BUT what was said.


Also, Undeclared is written only in Kellan's POV but Andi's actions were written perfectly, ultimately making me love her even more. She never came across as a doormat. She was simply waiting for the man she loved to love her back, and when he hurt her, she didn't forgive him right away. Make the man grovel at your feet, girl!!!

I loved this book and would definitely recommend it!
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210 reviews12 followers
July 9, 2017
Seriously? Is this guy for real? "Undeclared" is definitely the right title for this book. Though "undecided" would be even more fitting.

This book was told completey in the hero's POV, which was a nice change from all the dual or heroine's POVs you usually get in this kind of book. We met Kellan in book one of the Burnham College series. There he is Crosbie's best friend and the campus' very own manwhore. Now, one year later, things have changed due to an incident I won't go into detail about since I don't want to give anything away in case you haven't read book one yet. However, his manwhore days are over. Also his childhood friend Andrea turns up at Burnham college. They haven't spoken in two years, since the day she cut him out of her life when he left for college. Unresolved feelings come to the surface and Kellan has to finally man-up and make decisions regarding his future. But will Andi still be here when he finally finds out what he wants or will she move on without him?

I wanted to bang my head against a wall several times while reading this book. Kellan was just frustrating at times. But thinking back I discovered some of the very same behavior patterns I had myself in my early twenties. And even if I didn't, I love Julianna Keyes' writing style. It just captures me in the story right from the beginning. And I loved Andi. She was a great character who knew exactly what she wanted. I also loved that we got some more on Crosbie and I wouldn't mind a book on Choo. Yep, I would for sure buy it!
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2,989 reviews5 followers
February 28, 2017
This was really good! I don't think I loved it as much as Undecided, but I did love Kellan's attempts to grow up and be a better, more complete person, while also still being the really good parts of himself that were already there. And Andi was pretty great, and I liked that she tried to protect herself as best she could, because YES.

Things I WTFed at: Burnham is suddenly an Ivy? LOL, no. That means a very specific set of schools, why would you do that. Also, if it WAS an Ivy (it's not) Andi couldn't have gotten an athletic scholarship because Ivies don't award them!!!! (And LOL, a college volleyball player is not getting a scholarship offer out of the blue after two years out of the sport. Please don't write things you don't understand.)

On the whole, though, really enjoyable to read. I am in a kindness oriented place, and this was good for that.
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