Knee Deep

Knee Deep

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by Jolene Perry

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight every day, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won't give up on someone she's loved for so long.

Luke is her best


Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight every day, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won't give up on someone she's loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He's the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she's playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn's outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke's heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she's about to lose them both.

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Jolene Perry grew up in Alaska where she now lives with her husband and two children.She used her degree in Political Science and French to teach math to middle schoolers. She now writes.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read. This book needs to be mandatory reading for all teens and women. The slow descent into an abusive relationship is laid bare in a very realistic and honest way. The author captured emotion perfectly and had me sobbing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 3 of her books. I have loved everyone I have read. I am not a teen but a older lady. This is a great author. I will read everything I can find of hers
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
I found yet another book that had me in tears while reading it. This will be the second book this year that had me bawl like a baby. I believe "Knee Deep" should be read by any young woman and girl out there, especially for the girls who are in a unhealthy relationship and feel like they are to blame in the way their partner acts or behaves. Jolene writes a book that will teach another woman or a girl a life lesson on how it is important to get out of a relationship that is going down hill from the beginning and to listen to that one friend who has told you, to get out of it before it gets worst. Ronnie has always believed that she would be with Shawn forever, until he did something that Ronnie never thought would happen to her. She believes that what ever is happening in Luke's life is making him the way he is and maybe she's doing something to make him worst too. Ronnie's bestfriend, Luke has always been there for her even when Shawn was gone for awhile...but Ronnie never knew that their friendship could turn into something more. She's starting to feel something for him, but she shouldn't and even Shawn is noticing which is making life with him even more difficult. People in Ronnie's life are starting to notice some changes between Ronnie and Shawn. Even Luke has noticed the abuse and tries to get Ronnie to let an adult know about it, but she feels like if she does that, she'll lose the love of her life for good...but is Shawn really her love or is her best friend Luke, taking his place instead? I loved this book because of what was taught at the ending. How any relationship can take a turn to the worst and how it is important to get help no matter what before something drastic really happens. You'll feel the emotions in this book when reading this book because Jolene does a great job on making you feel what is going on. I don't know how many times I had to step away for awhile to collect my thoughts. I felt terrible for Ronnie, but I felt upset with her when she didn't get help sooner. She had her best friend, Luke there that told her what she needed to do. I also cried on what happened between Ronnie and Luke. Oh boy...did I cry. That boy was amazing to her and she couldn't open her eyes and realize he was a better match for her. Shawn was a guy who was going through so much in his family, that he should have gotten help himself, but instead he took it out on Ronnie. Any girl or even guy that believes it's healthy for their partner to attack them emotionally or physically needs to read this book. This book teaches the reader how it is important to get help before the situation gets worst and to lean on that friend or family member who wants to help. I recommend this book to readers out there who enjoy contemporary young adult and readers who do not mind crying...because believe me this book will bring tears to your eyes. This is my second book from Jolene Perry that I've read and it's definitely not my last. She definitely has a fan for life. =)
KristiBug More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that kicks you over and over again. It's about really emotional stuff but once you are reading... you realize this happens EVERY DAY. I hated Shawn and I wanted to scream at her to LEAVE HIM, UGH but I just had to keep reading. I will definitely be reading more of Jolene Perry, what an awesome introduction to her novels!!
mommywags More than 1 year ago
Wow!! This book was amazing. my emotions were all over the place. One minute i was almost in tears, the next i would have a big goofy grin. I love how real the story was. One minute I wanted to smack Ronnie in the head for being with Shawn. But then the next you could totally relate to why she kept staying with him and why she didn't see it like we did. I loved the flashbacks because it made me feel like I understood why Ronnie was so confused and not just leaving Shawn.
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Great book...a must read
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Akansha Kalra More than 1 year ago
Some people are broken ,broken beyond repair ,broken to point where the line between love and anger is blurred and violence becomes their means of dealing. Holding on to them ,loving them with all you have got doesn't heal them ,it makes them more self-annhiliating . But unfortunately we fail to realize the signs of such a relationship and we realize something's wrong when it's gone too far in it's course of destruction. Ronnie Bird , teenager protagonist ,is about to graduate along her best friend Luke and the boy whose the one for her , Shawn . She promised herself to Shawn when they were in early teens and has been with him all time but he's not the guy she fell for , he's changed , he's now a black hole . But Ronnie will do anything for him and Luke will do everything in his power to save Ronnie . Ronnie's dad is a shrink but fails too realize that she's withdrawing and going through something . She closes her self off to everyone even when Shawn in a drunk state ,almost date-rapes her and Luke saves her at last minute . How much more will Ronnie give up herself for Shawn & will Shawn take them all down with him or will Luke be able to apply medicine on their wounds before it's gone too south ?? Recommended to anyone looking for a contemporary novel of heart break, friendship, love, self-recovery, and moving on. PS : Jolene Perry has officially become one of my favorite authors and am dying to get my hands on more of her works .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the $...a good sad love story!
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
[This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books. I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.] This is the kind of book that all teenage girls need to read. Even grown up girls need to have a reminder to stay true to themselves. Don't let a man hurt you, ever. It's not okay, no matter how much he says he is sorry. Most of us have known someone like Ronnie. Their stories may not have been exactly the same. Maybe the bruises were more emotional than physical. The denial and excuses are always the same, as is the devastation that occurs. Perhaps you have even been Ronnie on some level in a relationship. Her story is familiar and painful to read. The whole time you just want to reach in and shake her for sticking with Shawn and not seeing what she can have with Luke. She is so fortunate to have the friends and family that she does. This book is an emotional one. I actually cried toward the end of it. I was also choked up at one point when Ronnie's father, who is a therapist, says something along the lines of, "This is my job. This is what I do. And even I didn't realize what was going on." The sad thing is, we can miss it when we are too close to the situation. Yes, this is a story that has been told time and time again. But it is different this time, because it is Ronnie's story. And it needed to be told.
haley18 More than 1 year ago
What if the person you were supposed to love and be with forever, changed for the worst? This is exactly what happened to Ronnie. Shawn and her are supposed to be together forever. She promised herself to Shawn when she was 14, and now that she is about to graduate she can’t be more excited to start the future with Shawn. But things don’t always work out how we plan…Shawn is getting angry with Ronnie everyday over smaller and smaller things, the first time he leaves a bruise Ronnie can’t believe he would hurt her and knows he is sorry when he begs her for forgiveness. But as the bruises keep adding, and Shawn’s temper keeps getting worst. Ronnie is starting to think maybe Luke is right, maybe Shawn isn’t who he used to be… Wow, and wow. Jolene Perry has officially become one of my favorite authors; Knee Deep is yet another work of hers that has taken my breath away! I am not a huge fan of novels that are on tough subjects such as abuse, but Knee Deep I completely connected with and loved to pieces. Most of the time when I hear about girls or woman that are in abusive relationship I just don’t get what they are thinking or how they could stand to be with that person. But while reading Knee Deep I completely understood where Ronnie was coming from, and why trying to convince herself that Shawn is abusive was hard. Jolene did an amazing job at making Knee Deep a powerful and moving novel on abuse. My favorite part about Knee Deep was easily, the emotions. That may sound like a weird thing to like so much, but Knee Deep had so many different emotions flying around from each character and Jolene did a spectacular job at portraying each characters feelings. Never once did a reaction seem too dramatic, or under played. Everytime Ronnie felt hurt it felt real, it didn’t feel like you were just reading Ronnie’s story. While reading Knee Deep you really feel Ronnie’s pain and struggle. Even when Luke gets hurt or upset you can’t help, but feel sad for him. Every emotion in Knee Deep was so real. Another part of Knee Deep that I found myself loving was our main character Ronnie. She went through SO much with Shawn, and although some people may see her as weak. When it comes down to it, I think she is one of the strongest characters I have ever seen. Not only was she a strong character, she was also a great friend, and daughter. Considering everything she went through and to still come out of it all so strong, makes her an amazing main character in Knee Deep. Altogether, Knee Deep was an amazing tough subject contemporary novel. It will touch your heart at some points, and completely crush it at another. This is a novel for anyone looking for a novel of heart break, friendship, love, self-recovery, and moving -Copy provided by publishers, in exchange for honest review
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I've really hit the jackpot with Knee Deep. I have been getting quite restless with the amount of repetitive contemporaries i've been reading lately and was dying to read one that just emotionally affected me, and Knee Deep was the one. I always say how I always look for the realistic aspect of contemporaries. The story revolves around the beginning of an abusive relationship and how the female protagonist is in denial and can't admit to herself that her boyfriend, her childhood sweetheart, would do such a thing. While the protagonist might have pissed me off because of her denial and obvious attachment to her boyfriend, coming from a reader who is a feminist, I do understand why she chose to keep on giving him a second, a third, and a fourth chance, hoping he would go back to being the Shawn she loved. The writing of the story gripped me, I was so invested in all the characters, including Shawn, and wanted to know how this situation came to be. I must say, I also liked the protagonist, Ronnie. Like I said, I would usually have hated a character like her, but the reality of the situation is that many women have gone through such abusive relationships, some couldn't end it, others wouldn't end it, while a few actually walk out. So in the end Ronnie is one of the brave ones and I give her credit for that. I also liked the development between Ronnie and her guy friend Luke. A contemporary YA wouldn't be one without a romantic line and this is where Luke steps in. I loved how he was so nice and a true friend to Ronnie. Being hot doesn't hurt of course. The scenes between the two were sweet, carefree, and just what they should be for a 17 year old girl! The contrast between Luke and Shawn's scenes were mind boggling. Jolene Perry has wrote yet another fantastic contemporary. Knee Deep definitely went deep emotionally for me and I am sure for the thousands of girls that have witnessed an abusive relationship whether through family, friends, or word of mouth. This is what I love about YA contemporaries, they convey messages to us girls that make us stronger, independent, and to stay true to ourselves and love ourselves. I would recommend Knee Deep to all contemporary readers and also girls in general. This is a book you don't want to miss out on!
paranormalbookfan More than 1 year ago
While not the type of book I usually read, Knee Deep really piqued my interest. I had signed up for a spotlight post with an excerpt and after reading it, I just wanted more. And I wasn't disappointed. It brought about some strong emotions and really left an imprint in my thoughts. I've never read a book about abuse situations before, usually keeping away from realism in the books I read, but I just felt compelled to read this one. I really enjoyed Jolene's writing style. It was simplistic and made for a fast paced read. Ronnie, the protag, is a likeable girl and her characters actions and emotions were realistic to the situation. She has two best friends, Luke and Mindy. As things go downhill with Shawn, she starts to have feelings for Luke which doesn't help her situation, especially as he seems to feel the same, and they are playing Romeo and Juliet opposite each other in the school play. This only adds fuel to Shawn's fire. So, we have somewhat of a love triangle, with only one obvious choice to be rooting for. Luke does his best to help Ronnie once he finds out, but she doesn't want him to tell anyone, so he doesn't. He does jump in just at the right moment a few times though, always seeming to know how to act to douse the situation. He is Shawn's friend too. Once she tells Mindy, it was again realistic as to how a best friend might act. Her dad's part also was very well done. I just couldn't believe that any mother would be as unobservant and "away with the birds" as Ronnie's. She noticed absolutely nothing going on with her daughter at all. If this is the type of book you like to read, then snap it up, you will not be disappointed. Once I started reading this, I could not put it down. I would have no hesitation in picking up other books written by this author.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Knee Deep showed the progression of an abusive relationship. The story showed the transformation of Ronnie's thought process as she fell into the pattern of an abused woman including blaming herself and rationalizing his behavior. The phrase always says, "You either marry it or become it" when raised in an abusive home. Shawn is a perfect example of one who "becomes it". He follows the abuse cycle with his abusive behavior followed by the honey moon period then back to abuse again while gradually getting worse each time around. An outsider looking in never understands how a person can get caught up in a situation like this, but it's a gradual process involving shame, fear, and brainwashing. It doesn't just happen over night. I think this is a wonderful book for young people and maybe even not so young people to read. This isn't an easy topic to write about it, but the author gives us a heart breaking and uplifting story filled with hope. I received Knee Deep by Jolene B. Perry from the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
This is a book every teenage girl and boy should read. I’ve known 8th grade girls in relationships that turned ugly like this. We as teachers suspected it was an abusive relationship but between guidance and parent conferences we were powerless. We were told that we were reading more into the situations. Then she ended up with a broken wrist. She still thought it was her fault. Ronnie, as a teen thinks she has found Mr. Right at the age of fourteen. Teens are so fickle there is no way they could know at that age who they are made for. Because of this belief system, when the relationship turns abusive she takes credit for it. I’ve seen this behavior before. It is hard to understand, but they are convinced the abuse is their fault. The author has done a wonderful job with all of the characters. They are very believable. The way they respond to each other is spot on. I would have liked to see the mother more involved with the situation. I felt she was pretty much oblivious. I loved the way the book ended, because it gives teens hope. This is not a feel good book, nor is it an easy subject. I applaud this author and rank her up there with authors like Laurie Halse Anderson and Jay Asher who willingly take on the much needed to be discussed, tough topics. I will definitely look for more work by this author. I will also recommend it highly to my students and parents.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
While this is a book about abuse, it is so much more. I was so touched by Ronnie, and I could see where she was coming from the whole time. While I wanted her to get out of the relationship the first time, I think that her reasons are understandable, and I *almost* want to sympathize with Shawn. I am not a bad person, trust me, you can just see the person that he used to be and how he changed through her memories of how they met and fell in love. His situation at home is just so hard and I wish that he would have gotten help instead of continuing the cycle of abuse. But, indeed that is not the case. I also really love the character of Luke, I could not get enough of him, and he is perfect best friend material and beyond. I can totally see why Ronnie feels so safe and comfortable around him, and why she ultimately falls for him. His concern, his jokes, and his familiarity are all written so well! And while I am on characters, because I am totally a character junkie, they make or break stories for me, let me talk a bit about a few of the others in the book. I appreciated so much how Ronnie's dad was written. He was present in her life, and there for her. He could sense when things were off, no matter how she tried to hide. Sure he made mistakes, but doesn't everyone? Also, Mindy is supportive and the friend that we all wish we had. I really like the way that everything ends, and how Ronnie accepts the time to heal and time to herself, but can eventually pick up the pieces of her life and move on. It really is a story about healing and finding yourself even in the toughest of times. I like how her and Mindy challenged themselves to do new things each year, and grow into themselves and figure out who they are. Ms. Perry has written an emotional, heartfelt and wonderfully paced story in Knee Deep that is sure to make you feel for the characters as you fly through the pages.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
An exceptional read! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book and I read it every free chance I had. Even though I could see where the relationship was heading from the very beginning, I had to keep reading to see what would happen and how everything would play out. I could not put this book down and it has, and will stay with me. Knee Deep was very good. I really don't know what to say about this book except that it was exceptional. Every bit of this book felt real and genuine...not one part felt contrived or fake. Ms. Perry wrote a classic abuser and victim. There were points in time where I just wanted to scream at Ronnie to get far, far away from Shawn and to not turn back. I wanted Luke to help Ronnie but I felt for him as well. He was there...right there...and she could not see him. I could see Shawn changing...yet Ronnie couldn't. So very real. This was a very powerful book, yet very subtle in its delivery. A must read for all teenage girls and boys! I hope this book reaches teens and helps them to stop this kind of behavior. I hope this helps teens to not get into situations like this because it is so easy to occur. Would I recommend it: I would definitely recommend this book. I especially think that young adults - both girls and boys - should read this book. Will I read it again: I'm not sure. I don't think that I will read this book again. It was a great book but not a read it more than once for me.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I know I probably said this last time, but how is it, that this amazing author is not published! Her books are amazing and so down to earth. Her characters have pivtol points in their lives that leave the reader breathless and wanting more. Abuse in a relationship is so hard to get of. You make excuses for the person, covering up all of their bad deeds. This is why I am glad for books like these that address the issue head on. Ms. Perry writes such a signifcant point in the story. I love the way she builds up the abuse. It's subtle at first, just yelling, then shoving, then well, you can get the picture. I like that in this story there is help. Ronnie gathers her strength to finally realize what she is going through. I admire her strength and her determination to change the one that she loves but she can't. People have to want to help themselves in order to get help and Ronnie has a hard time taking all of that in. The love interest in this book is sweet and enduring. With amazing descriptions in emotions, Ms. Perry allows the reader to become deeply invested in this love. I know I hoped for Ronnie to finally see and when she did it was heaven. Knee Deep is an heartfelt tale of love and lost. Not all things are meant to be. Sometimes we have to let go of things in order to see the bigger picture. Knee Deep is a soild story with amazing characters and their trials. With a love and hope that is soildfying Knee Deep is amazing.
Christiewriting More than 1 year ago
Knee Deep by Jolene B. Perry ¿¿¿¿¿ Ronnie had been in love with Shawn since they were children. Ronnie thought she had her life figured out. She thought she would be with Shawn forever and once he had moved back, their love was stronger than ever. When they began school for their senior year, Shawn changed. Shawn had gotten angry over trivial things and grabbed Ronnie a little too hard, which had left a bruise on her arm. That began the slew of excuses she made for his behavior. Things between her and Shawn were trained, but ever since she had received the role for the Romeo and Juliet play, she had gotten closer to her longtime friend Luke. I was really excited to read this book after reading Night Sky and The Next Door Boys. This book was worth every bit of my excitement and the author has not disappointed me yet. I enjoyed the story so much I had to read it in one sitting. I honestly didn’t even read the book synopsis before I read the book. I don’t like to have stuff given away so when I got the review request from Tribute books, I just accepted it because I have loved everything I have read by the author so far. When I began reading I thought I knew where the story was going but it didn’t end up being what I thought, and I may have known that if I had read the back. I’m glad that it wasn’t what I expected and where the author did go with the story is a tough subject to write about. There are not many Young Adult authors that write realistic fiction about children/ teens going through life altering situations. I think it is great when they can do it and also make you want to keep reading, because heavier subjects can discourage some readers. The only authors I have read books by that do this well are, Lurlene McDaniel and Laurie Halse Anderson. The author always does a wonderful job at capturing me in the story, making it impossible for me to stop reading until the book is finished. Her writing always flows so well that it is easy to just ride the words wherever they go. I look forward to getting my hands on anything else the author publishes next. I received this book for review from Tribute Books.
Cece0 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic story! So heartbreaking and real. Loving someone is easy, especially if you've known them like forever. Letting go is hard,and finally when you take a deep breath and exhale, there's that big, bright light at the end of the tunnel. Like the previous books I've read written by Jolene Perry, this one had me turning the pages, experiencing the MCs conflicts, emotions and her life. Ronnie and Shawn have been in love since their childhood years, and to Ronnie, their love is meant to last forever. Lately it seems Shawn has changed, and become more aggressive and possessive of Ronnie. On the other hand, Shawn's life isn't perfect. He works for his bad-tempered father after school. His life at home is not a peaceful one with his parents fighting like every night. Then there is Luke, Ronnie's bestfriend who loves her, but never showed her his true feelings, that is until both take part in Romeo and Juliet. He is like a knight with some sort radar, always sensing when Ronnie needs to be rescued from very tight spots, and always from Shawn. Luke is also the kind of easy going guy who stops by your house to have a chat your parents, help with stuff. And the parents adore him. I wish I had one of like him. instead of the ones who had a habit of sneaking around in the backyard. Being Ronnie isn't easy, and the kind of situation she finds herself in is quite a strain, and I guess emotionally confusing. It was great to see Ronnie finally stop defending Shawn after realising her love for him will never surpass his need to be possessive and his aggressiveness. I highly recommend this book, and in the process, checkout other books by Ms Perry.
Mother_Gamer_Writer More than 1 year ago
OMG, I REALLY loved this book. I’m honestly surprised I’m making this statement. I had reservations when I first read the summary. It hints at a love triangle – NOT my favorite thing at the moment – and abuse. Abuse is something that I’ve experienced firsthand. I understand how the thought process works, but even understanding how the world looks from the inside of the relationship, I still get annoyed sometimes at how abused women are portrayed in stories. Either they are super weak – which annoys me because they cling to everything – or they do an about face midway through the story that seems totally out of character. Jolene did an amazing job of bringing Ronnie to life. The story is told in the first person perspective so we get to see directly into Ronnie’s mind and hear her inner reasoning for why she does the things she does. While there were times I wanted to reach into the book and just shake Ronnie, I wanted to do it because I hated seeing her hurt and seeing her beat herself up over situations that obviously weren’t here fault. While I felt sorry for her I never once looked at her as being a pitiful character. As for the rest of the characters, they all behaved in believable ways. Ronnie’s best friend Mindy is strong, but there is back story explaining where she figured out how to be strong. Her boyfriend Shawn is portrayed as the stereotypical abusive boyfriend. But the way that Perry paints him it is still authentic. She nails his character without going over the top. Then there’s Luke, the third side of the love triangle. I could actually picture a young man doing what he does for Ronnie. As for her parents, while her mother is someone who’s unobservant, this fact is actually brought out in the story. She wasn’t uncaring; if anything I think that she just didn’t realize something like this could happen to her own child (which is something that a lot of parents do). Speaking of the main characters being children… Ok. They’re not “children”. They are seniors in high school, about to go off to college. But their actions aren’t unusual for their age bracket. Especially Ronnie’s inner thoughts, they are things that most young women feel and think at that age. All in all, the entire story itself was extremely believable, and thoroughly enjoyable. Even the love triangle. It was REALLY well written. I don’t remember once feeling like I wanted to slap Ronnie for being wishy washy or whiny (urges I’ve had recently when it’s come to female lead characters). I’ve tried to write this review without too many spoilers (that’s one of the reasons I’m not giving examples), but let me just say, I think this book was amazing and spot on. It was realistic without being preachy or overly dramatic. I would recommend it to any teen or older. In fact, I think that more girls should read this novel. It lets you have a view into the mind of someone who has been manipulated by abuse, and maybe if they read it, they might be able to catch themselves before they fall into the same trap. Even if you’re older, I think you should read Knee Deep, because again that glimpse can help you relate to others who might still be in similar situations. Let me reiterate Knee Deep IS NOT PREACHY! So please don’t be scared off by my last few sentences. The story is heart-breaking, but it’s not all one giant sob story. There are flash backs that help fill in a lot of the back story between Luke, Ronnie and Shawn. The characters are well written and the story draws you in. I give it 5 out of 5 and highly recommend it! Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Reviewer: AimeeKay
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Knee Deep Blog Tour.) Ronnie and Shawn - together forever. That’s the way it’s always been, and that’s the way Ronnie always wants it to be. But whether she likes it or not, things are changing between her and Shawn, and she’s not sure if she can save what they have. Shawn has been distant and grumpy recently, and seems to moan about everything – Ronnie doesn’t come over enough, Ronnie doesn’t spend enough time with him, Ronnie wears shoes that make her taller than him, and worst of all – Ronnie won’t go all the way with him. Ronnie put’s Shawns moodiness and temper down to the fact that his father is angry all the time, and constantly argues with his mother. She wants to support Shawn, but he makes things difficult for her, especially when he starts getting violent. Luke is one of Ronnie’s best friends. They’ve been best friends for ages, but now when she looks into his eyes she’s sees something different. Something that makes her insides sing. Cast opposite each other in the school play of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Ronnie finds herself falling for Luke big time. She tells herself that it’s Juliet falling, not her, but deep down she knows she’s wrong. She can’t leave Shawn though, he needs her, and anyway; it’s Ronnie and Shawn forever. Right? I loved this book. Right from the beginning the scene was set just right, and I found myself falling into this book. Luke was just amazing. He was sweet and cute, and made me feel tingly. Ronnie was totally blind to try and ignore the feelings between them. Shawn was a typical abusive partner; sweet one moment, and demanding the next. I had a boyfriend just like him once, and Jolene totally got the mood and setting just right so that I felt that I was right back there with Ronnie. Ronnie was a sweet girl who was trying her hardest to make her relationship work, even when she knew there was little hope. She hung on to the love she had for Shawn, and tried to save their relationship, even when Shawn was hitting her, and she had feelings for Luke. She also exhibited behaviour typical of an abused girlfriend – she made excuses for him, blamed herself, hid her bruises, and convinced herself that it wouldn’t happen again. I really felt for her as she continued on in her relationship with Shawn; putting up with the emotional abuse, hitting, and pressurising to have sex. The romance between Luke and Ronnie was really sweet, and a total change to the way Shawn behaved towards her. The whole ‘Romeo and Juliet’ thing could have been a bit of a cliché, but Jolene pulled it off flawlessly. Not once did I think – oh no, this has been done to death. The storyline of this book just hooked me right from the beginning, and made me want to keep reading. It was almost with a morbid curiosity that I kept reading ‘cause I was so worried about Ronnie, and what would happen between her and Shawn next. This one really did keep me up past my bedtime! Overall I really enjoyed this book. Ronnie’s feelings were just so real, and the magic of the book really sucked me in. It was so lovely that I got to the end and just sat here with a silly grin on my face. 9 out of 10