Series: Woodlands #1
Published by Pear Tree, L.L.C. on 2013-05-01
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.
Undeclared by Jen Frederick is a fairly good book. We have a teenage girl who wrote to a Marine in Afghanistan as a school project. The guy she wrote was Noah Jackson. What started out as a school project turned into a 4-year relationship between two people who had never met. Then one day Noah decided to put Grace in the “Friend Zone”. The letters stopped and Grace was left with a broken heart over a guy she had technically never met. Noah had a plan for his life and he was working very hard to get to his goal… Grace. He just had to get her to forgive him first.
I think this review is going to go a little differently. I’ve been contemplating how I’m going to review this one because I liked it, but there were just some things about it that bothered me too. So I think I’ll do the PRO/CON thing with this one. It’s not the norm for me, but I think it’ll have to be with this one because I’m having a hard time just writing down how I’m feeling about the book and sounding like I’m not all over the place.
- I loved and I mean LOVED Noah. He’s a great character with great morals and an amazing vulnerable side to him. It just makes you want to hug him and never let him go. He’s very dominant in what he wants but yet incredibly gentle. I adore him!
- I loved how each chapter (minus a couple) started out with a letter from Noah to Grace while he was still deployed. It gave more insight into Noah’s history and his being.
- I liked Grace a lot.
- I loved her roommate/cousin Lana. I hope she’s in future books. She’s great!
- Bo is Noah’s best friend and I want to hear more about him too… and I will. The next books is about him.
- I said above in the “Pro’s” that I liked Grace a lot and I very much did, don’t get me wrong, but there were a lot of things about her character that sort of got under my skin too. I like a book where I adore the protagonist, and to be honest, as much as I liked Grace, I liked Lana more and she was a secondary character.
- There was a part in the book that View Spoiler »gave Noah the opportunity to purchase a frozen yogurt company from this guy. He needed money to do it and wouldn’t take any money from Grace or Bo or anyone else for that matter. He did an illegal fight instead to raise the money. It did not go back and confirm that he either bought or didn’t buy the company. It just simply never mentioned it again… until book 1.5. I didn’t like that at all. It’s part of Noah’s character to get ahead so that he can be “good” or “right” for Grace (in his mind). It should have been mentioned. « Hide Spoiler
- It lacked something. I’m not entirely sure what, but something. It was like I was waiting for something the entire book that never came. The story finished and it was fine, but the excitement was missing. That rise and fall that I look for in each chapter wasn’t there. The story was still told and I got the full story and I don’t think anything was missing that way, but the anticipation was missing.
So all and all the story wasn’t too bad and actually it was pretty good. I think it was the delivery of the story that was more disappointing for me. I’m going to continue reading the series. I’m not deterred enough to stop. Like I mentioned, the story itself and the characters are really good.
I’m not adding my new hotness factor to this one because I’m torn. The hotness of Noah is off the charts , but the hotness of the story is very low. It’s permanently stuck on until one scene which is still only