Undeclared by Jen Frederick

14 Jun

ImageTitle: Undeclared

Author: Jen Frederick

Published: April 2013

Pages: 260 (ebook)

Goodreads 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.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

Coincidentally, the same time I was reading this, our church was sending stuff to some troops and I made a few cards to send as well, so who knows, maybe I’ll get a letter back!

This is what happened to Grace in high school. She wrote a letter to a soldier and on a whim, he wrote back to her. For four years, Noah and Grace faithfully wrote to each other and over time they fell in love. When Noah got done his four years, he told Grace he didn’t want to meet, so for two years Grace tried to mend her broken heart, until Noah showed up at the same college as her.

I liked both Noah and Grace right from the start! It was incredibly sweet and romantic that they decided to write letters back and forth all old fashion like with no Skypeing, texting, and calling. I also loved how faithful Grace was to Noah. I feel that often times relationships involving someone in the military fall apart, but Grace was devoted in her love for Noah even though she had yet to met him and even after he broke her heart.

I’m really glad that Ms Frederick chose to write this book in dual POV because it allows readers to understand both characters. If I hadn’t been in Noah’s head, I wouldn’t have understood his insecurities and fears when it came to meeting Grace in person. He felt that he didn’t deserve her and wouldn’t be good enough. He began building himself up so that when he did meet her, he would be someone she would be proud of.  That being said, I could also see where Grace was coming from with her confusion and insecurities fearing that Noah didn’t feel the same way about her.

It was frustrating at times reading this story because I knew that there was so much miscommunications on both Grace and Noah’s parts and I just wanted one of them to man up and admit their feelings! Of course they did eventually but still they each held back from the relationship at first because of their own insecurities. They both had fears to overcome which was an important part of this story. Everyone is afraid of things at times or doesn’t feel good enough but that should never hold us back from living the life we want. It’s a good lesson to learn and one the definitely helped Noah and Grace in the end.


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