14 February 2012

{Book Review} In Too Deep

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 February 2012 at 1:42 PM | | | | | |

In Too Deep

In Too Deep
Author: Amanda Grace
Format: ARC {Teen} Book Scene
Pages: 228
Publisher: Flux
Published: February 8, 2012
Rating: 3 Birds

I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Wellesley. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That's how rumors of rape started.

Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone's on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger--forcing me to make a terrible choice.

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My take: I’ll admit, the book was a pretty easy read, and can suck a person in without a doubt…but I almost found it to be too cliché really. 

Here’s the deal – Sam totally wants to make this boy Nick jealous…so what does she do? Goes after one of the most popular guys in school.  (There’s the first cliché thing). How does she do it you ask?  She goes to a party (thus, cliché number two).  And what happens at said party?  Drinking, trying to get a boys attention, and a whole multitude of things…that don’t actually happen?

Yes, you guessed it, someone ends up lying in the book…and guess who it is.  I get the authors direction with this story, and her style of writing is pretty gosh darn good, but the entire story I was just thinking to myself “haven’t I seen this scenario played out before on a t.v. show, or in a movie…or maybe even another book?”  And to be quite honest, I’m pretty sure reflecting on it, I’ve seen all three.  Sam tells a lie, things happen, Carter becomes the bad guy in the entire thing, and Nick’s left utterly confused.

While I did enjoy that Carter kind of got his butt handed to him (and you’ll find he’s quite a…*expletive here*), it was almost sad that he got treated so horribly.  I guess the saying is true though, payback can be a…sunny beach.  And the other thing that bothered me, is that Sam couldn’t just take two seconds to go “wait, what is this girl talking about” when the entire lie started to unfold.  Not only did she make the lie run deeper, but then she couldn’t even figure out a way to stop herself from going, and going…kind of like the energizer bunny. 

Really, Amanda Grace is a very well versed writer, but this was definitely not my cup of tea.

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1 comment:

  1. I got this book at ALAMW and I am intrigued by the premise. I'm looking forward to reading it....

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