“I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Wellesley. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That’s how rumors of rape started.

Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone’s on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger—forcing me to make a terrible choice.”

I was fascinated by reading just the synopsis of In Too Deep that this one situation could spiral out of control, so, I knew I had to read it. Of course, Amanda Grace/Mandy Hubbard is already one of my “insta-reads”, I was also hooked on But I Love Him. Her knack of writing about big issues in such a unique way, amazes me.

At first when I read the synopsis, I was really wondering how the main character, Sam, could just let this…spiral. I’ve always strived to be a pretty moral person, but books like In Too Deep kind of give you insight into others’ thought processes. After reading it, I completely see how it could happen.

In Too Deep is not a rape book, instead it’s more a focus on telling the truth and what sort of damage a simple lie can do. Even a lie of omission. It’s a fairly short read at just over 200 pages, but is so full of drama and such a powerful statement.

Sam is a normal girl with a crush on the popular, jerky guy, Carter. Carter is a jerk, he uses women for sex if they “hot enough” and insults the others. Everyone seems to think it’s pretty easy for his jerkiness to turn to rape. Nick, Sam’s best friend, is so adorable. I want my own.

I loved the story behind In Too Deep and I understand HOW it all it happened so easily. At the same time though, I can’t help but want to shake Sam and tell her that the truth is always better. Especially when it involves someone else’s life and future.

In Too Deep was a great read, and I definitely recommend it – especially to teens who will benefit from it’s message.

I received my copy of In Too Deep for review from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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