Review: In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

Name of book: In Too Deep
Author: Amanda Grace
Publication:  February 8th 2012 by Flux
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Owned

Carter didn't rape me. People at school think he did. Suddenly, new friends are rushing to my side, telling me that Carter hurt them, too. They say he's getting what he deserves.

Maybe I don't want to fix this.

"Honest and constantly refreshing."--Kirkus Reviews

Sam is in love with her best friend Nick, but she can't seem to tell him. So she decides to flirt with golden-boy Carter Wellesley, hoping Nick will see it and finally realize his true feelings for her.

On Monday, everyone at school is saying that Carter raped Sam. He didn't, but Sam can't find the words to tell the truth. Worst of all, she's afraid she'll lose Nick if he finds out what really happened.

As graduation approaches, Sam discovers that living the lie isn't as easy as her new friends make it sound--and telling the truth might be even worse.

-- My Rating --

3/5 Oscars: Liked it...

-- My Thoughts --

     I have read one book of Amanda Grace and it was amazingly heart-breaking and real. I loved what I felt through that book and I guess I put too much expectations into this one. It didn't disappoint but it was lacking in many aspects.
     Sam is just the average-looking, normal teenage girl. She has a huge crush on her best friend, Nick and she would do anything to get his attention. Even if it means throwing herself at the most popular playboy at school. But her actions have their consequences and Sam might not be able to ever get back to her normal life.
     This plot had a lot of potential. There were many aspects that were studied: alchohol use, bullying, rape, and many others. I liked the plot very much but what fell short for me was the charcaters. No matter what I did, I couldn't connect with Sam. Maybe a little on the level of loving her best friend, but otherwise, she was too much a drama queen for me. I felt like she cared too much about what other people thought of her. But Nick is adorable, cute, and smart. He reminds me of someone close to me and I loved him for it. He truely cares about Sam, and God! I was glad there is no love triangle
      Do not expect to be happy after reading any of Amanda Grace's books. They are raw and real, and they show you what happens when you walk down the wrong road. Even though I knew this, I did not expect the ending. At all. But I liked it and it teaches you a lesson, indeed. I would recommend this, but will not read it again.


  1. I have an Amanda Grace book somewhere, but I haven't read it yet. I do like the darker contemporaries, so I'll have to check this one out.

  2. I hate it when I expect a lot from an author and end up (almost) disappointed. To tell you the truth, this wouldn't be my kind of read anyway because I DO need to feel happy when I finish a book. That's why I generally avoid issue books altogether.
    Great review.

    1. Well, I have a love-hate relationship with them

  3. I have seen this book around but haven't read it. I mean I really like the idea of the story but I don't think realization was so good. I mean when you can't connect with the MC it's hard to enjoy the book. Great review Soma :)


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