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In Too Deep

In Too Deep

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by Amanda Grace

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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. 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,


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. 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.

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“Honest and constantly refreshing.”—Kirkus Reviews
VOYA - Kim Carter
Eighteen-year-old Samantha Marshall and Nick Davis have been best friends since they were eight. With their senior year drawing to a close and Nick heading to an Ivy League college, Sam hatches a last-ditch plan to make Nick jealous by coming on to golden boy Carter Wellesley at Carter's weekend bash. A bit drunk, Sam stumbles, hits her cheek, and rips her top on Carter's dresser while he abusively rejects her. Angry and tearful from the encounter, Sam barely notices her classmate Michelle, who draws her own conclusion and initiates the rumor that Carter sexually assaulted Sam. By the time Sam figures out what people are saying, virtually everyone in their small senior class has taken sides. When Sam tells some overly-sympathetic former girlfriends of Carter the true story, they convince her not to tell, insisting that it is only poetic justice for Carter's many cruel rumors over the years. With only a couple weeks left of senior year, Sam tries to pretend keeping her mouth closed is not such a big deal, ultimately learning two important lessons: "existing and living are two different things" and "some things can't be undone." Rife with missed communication opportunities, this first-person narrative is a cautionary tale of what happens when one "makes choices by default," always choosing the path of least resistance. In Too Deep is an easy, engrossing, uncomplicated but not oversimplified read that will be enjoyed by male and female readers who like reading about relationships and school culture. Reviewer: Kim Carter
VOYA - Brighid White
This reviewer enjoyed this book very much, although there are some things about it that could be improved. With such an interesting plot and conflict, the book could have been longer. Also, since the topic of the book is for an older crowd, the plot and conflict should be more complex. A sequel would be welcome. Reviewer: Brighid White, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—At a senior party in a Washington small town, normally reserved Samantha throws herself at Carter, a popular jock, just to get her BFF, Nick, to think of her as girlfriend material. But when she's harshly rejected and seen emerging from Carter's room in tears, a rumor flies: Carter raped her. Self-absorbed Samantha at first doesn't understand what she's started, but by the time she realizes what everyone thinks—including Nick—she's just not strong enough or nice enough to clear his name. The author has a definite agenda, and does a decent job of showing how malicious rumors might start and fly out of control. Unfortunately, Samantha is unlikable. Her annoying present-tense narration consists of internal thought-churning chunks alternating with banal "teen speak." There is little wit or humor, the romance feels flat and forced, and even the obligatory telling-off-the-overprotective-and-uninvolved-dad scene fails to deliver a sense of character growth. Suggest E.R. Frank's Friction (S & S, 2003) or Francine Prose's Touch (HarperTeen, 2009) for better reads in a similar vein.—Rhona Campbell, formerly at Washington, DC Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A girl gets caught in a lie she didn't tell but doesn't have the courage to correct in this suspenseful, well-written problem novel. Samantha wants to spark some romantic interest from her best friend and secret heartthrob Nick, so she makes a play for popularity-magnet Carter. He rebuffs her, but someone sees her leaving his bedroom in tears and jumps to the false conclusion that Carter assaulted her. Sam doesn't hear about the resulting rumors until she returns to school. Soon she feels too overwhelmed by social pressure to deny them. Sam finds many opportunities to confess the truth, but she can't bring herself to exonerate Carter. Grace makes Sam's dilemma plausible for quite some time, then at last allows her to privately confess but still find a reason to continue the charade. Complicating matters, Sam knows that because of the deception, she's likely to lose Nick, who finally has declared his love for her. Although Sam's cowardice in the face of her moral difficulty may frustrate some readers, the author effectively maintains tension as her heroine acts like a villain, and her villain is falsely accused. The story pulls no punches in its resolution, and neither does Sam in her judgment of her own actions. Honest and constantly interesting. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Meet the Author

Amanda Grace is an alias for Mandy Hubbard, who is the author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, Ripple (all published by Razorbill/Penguin), But I Love Him and In Too Deep (both published by Flux). In Too Deep has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. She is a literary agent for D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and teen fiction. Grace is currently living happily ever after with her husband and young daughter in Tacoma, Washington. For more information, visit her online at: AmandaGraceBooks.com.

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In Too Deep 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This is such a unique idea for a story! Amanda writes with such emotion and her characters are always deep and have characteristics that are so easy to relate to, even if we aren't in their exact situation. She makes it so that the rumor snowballing is so easy to believe and the circumstances leading up to it are a perfect storm. It really is a picture of what can happen when you tell a lie, which I know I did some as a teenager, some of almost as epic proportions to letting people believe that Carter raped Sam, although mine didn't quite have the same repurcusions as letting people believe that a guy raped you when he didn't, no matter what a jerk he might be. I guess that I can understand how Sam let it go on, but I just kept crossing my fingers that she would own up and time after time, she didn't. But I really think that she should've seen what would happen to her relationship with Nick if she didn't tell the truth right away but did later. Speaking of Nick, I really enjoyed their friendship at the beginning. It seemed so much fun and I like to see that sort of comradery with guys and girls without it being romantic. But I guess I saw it coming because of the way she said she started thinking of him differently. Though I have to say friends to a relationship really can work out beautifully in real life when done right, because that is how me and my husband were. I want to applaud Ms. Grace for letting the ending play out the way it did. I think that given the nature of the book that it really couldn't have happened any other way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit, this book was a great read. I had finished it in two hours but I found the ending to be very disappointing. It ended very abruptly and I wish there was a better ending, not just a cliff hanger. Other than that, it was really good and I reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It was a cute love and then she gets put into a bad spot because of a lie she didnt say but never fixed it when she found out about it. Its sad what happend to her but it may not of ternd out that way if she would of fixed it at the start. I feel bad for the boy cause now his life is rowend too cause of the lie. This book does show you what a lie can do even if you never said it and you dont fix it. It dont just mess up your life it can destroy someone elses too. I think anyone should read this. Espetionly TEENS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wa arealy good book. Definitly read it! It is a litrle disturbing and confusipng though consider your ae. I think 14 years and older.
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Looks good. The girl does get raped and later finds out the guy has raped other people