20/02/2014

Review: In Too Deep {Amanda Grace}


 
Carter didn't rape me, but people at school think he did.

Suddenly new friends are rushing to my side, telling me all the horrible things Carter has done. They say he's getting want he deserves. 

What started out as a way to make Nick jealous, spiralled into something else. Everyone thinks Carter raped Sam and she can't seem to find a way to tell the truth. She can't shake the feeling that maybe Carter had it coming. And she can't risk losing Nick if the truth comes out.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0062347047?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creativeASIN=0062347047&linkCode=xm2&tag=litbirboo-21http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0062347047?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creativeASIN=0062347047&linkCode=xm2&tag=litbirboo-21 

This entire book is about a misunderstanding. It's easy to sympathise with Sam, as the rumours were a huge shock to her and were obviously something she never intended. But it's just as easy to be frustrated with her, since she continues to perpetuate the whole thing

Though Sam never outwardly says 'Carter raped me' she keeps up the pretence and lets everyone think the worst; which results in her school becoming a war zone, torn between those who believe Carter and those who want to string him up.

This is one of those books that had me yelling "LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES". Sam is constantly saying that she'll come clean, but then she keeps changing her mind or putting it off. She lets people convince her Carter is getting what he deserves by having his life ruined. Worst of all, she thinks it isn't so bad because once they graduate he can start over in college. Seriously. That was her logic. 

Of course her biggest concern is the fear of losing Nick, who has quickly become far more than just a friend. Some part of me understood where she was coming from; if she told the truth then she would have lost him for good. But that wouldn't have been a problem if she was honest from the get-go.

As much as I understood her struggle once things had gotten out of hand, I never understood why she originally didn't tell the truth. Which left me sympathetic, but endlessly frustrated. I also found it really strange that, despite everyone knowing, nobody reported the crime. It seemed a little unrealistic, especially since a couple of adults obviously knew too.

This was a quick read for me, mostly because I was so interested to see how it ended I didn't put it down. But in the end there was no real resolution, which was kind of disappointing. It really pushed a moral message, which left Sam without much of a happily ever after. 


In a way, I enjoyed how true-to-life some aspects of this story were and likes how it showed the power of karma. But I felt like it ended with Sam's character in a very dark place and that left me feeling cheated. I'd followed this girl's journey and was left without knowing things would turn out.

"It's funny how easy it is to go along with it, to avoid the truth."

 
 
 
 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
https://twitter.com/allie_LBBhttps://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8969137-allie-little-birdie-bookshttp://instagram.com/allie_LBBhttp://www.pinterest.com/allie_LBB/pins/http://outofkoolaid.tumblr.com/



18 comments:

  1. This sounds incredibly frustrating! I honestly don't know if I could get on board with a character lying about something so serious! Thanks for the review

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is so frustrating. On the one hand, as everything spirals out of control you can almost see why she might keep it up, but the fact that she didn't come clean in the first place was ridiculous :/ No matter how much of a douche the guy was

      Delete
  2. I don't think I would enjoy this book, even if it was very well-written and all. I think not telling the truth is a HORRIBLE thing to do, and is something that will ruin somebody's life completely. Just because of that, I would be pretty damn frustrated and that alone would keep me from reading this book...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really was horrible to see, especially when Carter started talking about how his mum had head the rumour :(

      Delete
  3. Hmm...I can definitely see why you're so conflicted on this one Allie! Like you said, the premise definitely sounds fascinating and emotion-provoking, but the main character lying about something so serious would definitely get on my nerves as well - even if it was for the "right reason". I'm glad that the writing was at least sufficient though!

    As always, fabulous review Allie and thanks for sharing!

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, the writing wasn't really the problem (it wasn't anything special, but didn't suck) it was just the plot itself that was so hard to get behind! It's hard to enjoy a book when you want to smack the MC!

      <3 And thank you, that means a lot!

      Delete
  4. It does sound really frustrating, I mean why would you lie and then complain about it later? I definitely can't symphatise with people that do that.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And with a lie as big as this to! I think the worst thing was the fact that she tried to make excuses for why she wasn't coming clean and I was just like THERE IS NOT EXCUSE!

      Delete
  5. Wow. I think I would be really frustrated with this main character as well. Rape is such a terrible accusation to make on a guy. I personally don't think this is the book for me. At least you were able to sympathize with the main character though.
    Lovely review!

    P.S You have the cutest blog design!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nick! <3 Stephanie @ Hopeless Romantics designed it for me. She's a star!

      Delete
  6. It was a quick read for me too and had a lot of the same questions

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow this sounds intense! Great review!
    New follower :)
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Missie! I'm so glad you stopped by :) <3

      Delete
  8. If she didn't tell people that the guy didn't really rape her, that's just horrible. Though maybe you're saying she loses everything in the end? This is one of those books where I'd have to peek ahead at the ending to make sure I should keep reading.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The ending was kind of heartbreaking and I did actually end up feeling really bad for her :(

      Delete
  9. Wow...sounds incredibly intense there. I don't think it's something I'd rush out to read, but I'll definitely keep it in the back of my head (along with all the dust and weird ideas books have given me XD). Sounds like it deals with HUGELY heavy issues too!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yeah, I would definitely be mentally punching the MC when she did something stupid like that. The entire book sounds so frustrating! I do think that it's amazing on the author's part that the reader is able to sympathize with her even though what she is doing (or not saying, in this case) is terrible. That's a sign of great writing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did mentally smack her a few times! Especially after she started JUSTIFYING it. Like, seriously?!

      Delete