In Too Deep By Amanda Grace
Published Feb 8th 2012 by Flux
Summary: 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.
I’m a little disappointed with In Too Deep. In Too Deep wasn’t a bad book — it was written well and the premise was interesting but I struggled a lot with the main character.
The main character is awfully annoying. It was so hard to relate to her and to understand what’s really going on in her mind. Sam is incredibly silly. From the very first few pages of the book she was already making me roll my eyes at her actions.
I get the whole let’s-be-more-than-platonic thing. It happens. But what I really don’t understand is how she stands there wishing she could tell someone and the opportunity comes but she chooses to continue lying. She knows it’s wrong, but she doesn’t stop. Frankly, I don’t know how she would easily agree or accept condolences to a situation she didn’t know of. If she didn’t grasp the situation, or felt it to be weird she should have stopped to ask what is going on.
To blame Carter for Michelle for this mess was unfair. She knew of her own doings but refused to admit it despite the many chances to come clean and ended up digging her own grave. I don’t understand her rational for letting this go on longer than it should have.
I’m disappointed at her best friend who fled (though understandably so) and her friends who “had her back”. In some ways nobody tried to listen, but she wasn’t willing to tell either. Nobody really looked out for her and instead pounced on the opportunity to make Carter pay for being a jerk.
I liked the ending. Everything fell into place although I’m surprised nothing more happens to Sam for having ruined reputations and lives. In Too Deep had potential to be great, but the annoying main character and her continued bad series of judgements failed to make me like her.