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Going Under [Kindle Edition]

S. Walden
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Freaking. Mind Blowing.
Mind Blowingly. Intense.
Mind. Blown.
~Isabel (Sab the Book Eater)

USA Today Bestseller

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a "Fantasy Slut League," scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend's death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the "unsuspecting girls," and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

(Please take the content warning seriously: This book contains graphic sex and language and an explicit description of sexual violence.)


Editorial Reviews

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Brooke is one of my most favorite female characters in a book. Every now and then you'll find a heroine that just speaks to you. Someone funny, intelligent, wise, loving, beautiful, courageous, and strong.  Someone who you want to know.  Someone you see yourself hanging out with. ~ Adrienne (Nicely Phrased)

Some books leave a lasting impression and some really don't. To say that this one left a lasting impression would be an understatement. Sure, I have cried and laughed with books before, but for some reason, this particular book made my heart ache, my mind swell with overflowing emotion, and in the span from beginning to end, left me with a healing heart. ~ Yesi (Literati Literature Lovers)

I applaud the author for managing to take a theme that is sexually violent in nature and allow readers to still stay in their comfort zone.  The author includes a letter at the end of the book that I implore all readers to read, as it is informative and may even answer a question that you have been asking "how can that happen?" ~ Jennifer (Three Chicks and Their Books)

5 OVER THE TOP AMAZING, STRESSFUL, EMOTIONAL STARS! Going Under absolutely blew me away. This was a recommended book on Amazon for me. And let me say THANK YOU Amazon. It had me on the edge of my seat with sweaty palms and a racing heart. It dealt with a very sensitive subject that pulled at my heart strings. It was beautifully written with such a realness and rawness that draws you in and has you holding your breath with anticipation. ~ Lindsay (Madison Says)

Going Under is a raw, rich tale of redemption, forgiveness, second chances and justice. I really do encourage you to pick this book up...The writing alone makes it well worth it. ~ Ava (Biblio Belles)

About the Author

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it. 
She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her at swaldenauthor.com for up-to-date information on her current projects.

Product Details

  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Penny Press (November 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW9F36Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touch subject handled with great sensitivity March 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I stayed up until 1AM reading this book because I just knew that I had to finish it. It was fantastic. The author took a very tough subject and handled it with great sensitivity. Brooke was perfect as the teenage protagonist against this group of boys who treated the girls in their school as toys. She was deluded, as a teenager would be, into thinking that she would be able to handle anything that came up on her own - and she wanted to avenge her friend Beth's death. Along the way, though, she does come up with some colorful allies.

Terry, the head chef from her job, becomes her computer hacker, and is able to get her all kinds of information that confirms her suspicions. Gretchen, her best friend from her old school, gets wrapped up in the plot when one of the swim team members takes a liking to her. Then there is Ryan, they are instantly attracted to each other, though they each seem to be trying to keep their distance. Brooke is trying not to have any romantic attachments, because she thinks it will thwart her plans for revenge. Try as she might though, she can't stay away from Ryan. He ends up playing an unlikely role in the end anyway.

Speaking of endings, I thought the author wrapped this up beautifully. It could have been a tragic ending, but it contained hope and healing. I will agree with the disclaimer above though, there is explicit language and descriptions of sexual violence, but they were essential to the story.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took my breath away! April 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow. Just wow.... actually.. No, still just Wow.

The story starts with Brooke getting ready to attend her best friend Beth's funeral. A friend that's hadnt spoken to her in months because she found out Brooke messed around with her boyfriend. Brooke has immense feelings of guilt, and takes on a personal mission to take down a guy who hurt Beth in hopes of making it up to her friend.

From there this story covers soooo many topics, controversial and not. Love, regret, lies, betrayal, family, friendship, hope, pain, anger, sadness, depression, recovery, foregiveness, happiness! Talk about taking you through the wringer!

Brooke I swear is a bit on the nuts side! Her thoughts were scattered sometimes. I liked that the story didn't have an insta-happy ending for Brooke and she had to work long and hard to get to her place of happiness again, which is so true of real life. Stories always tend to just make everything ok at the end. Everyone needs a friend like Gretchen, and a dad like Brooke's. (I loved how protective he was of her).

I enjoyed the book thoroughly, even though I cringed through some parts (I was a bit worried at one point on how graphic it might get- so beware).
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MC did not work for me April 16, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
******WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK********

No two people ever read the same book. -Unknown

2.5 Stars

Please keep the above saying in mind while reading my review, especially since I seem to be in the minority here. I can see what all the hype is about with this book. Truly I can. There is a raw edginess to the story that grips you from the beginning. There is a lot of tough subject matter addressed in the book. Things that have you saying WTF or shaking your head in disgust. Things that unfortunately are very much a part of today's society.

But Brooke was not the MC I needed her to be. For someone who was supposedly eighteen, she was very immature. Many times I believed I had read her age wrong and would go back just to reassure myself that I was not crazy. So many of her actions reminded me more of a 15/16 year old. In no way does being 18 make you an adult overnight, but I do believe it brings with it a maturity level that Brooke was obviously lacking.

And Brooke set herself up to be a victim. She wanted to be a victim! This is the main part of the story I can not wrap my brain around. She somehow thought she would be able to handle the situation better than the others before her. I just could not see it and it showed just how naive she truly was. And the fact that several adults knew what she was trying to do and did NOTHING to stop her! WTH?!?!?! Even if she was too stupid to see the fault in her plans, how could the adults not see it? Why did they not intervene and put a stop to things? Rape is a very serious subject matter, so to write an MC that wants it to happen to her so she can see her plan of revenge through? Yeah, that was a major hurdle for me to get over.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! April 2, 2013
By Carole
Format:Kindle Edition
I give Going Under 5 huge, larger than life stars and I need a drink, like a really big one (with an umbrella or something) but like straight vodka. Yeah. But, before I indulge..

Every now and then I read a book that strikes a cord so deep that I have to get my review out as soon as the last word is read. Going Under was one of those books. I cannot eat, sleep, or pay my dogs any attention until I address what an AMAZING and thought provoking book this is. It has the power to change the way you look at books and S. Walden has the ability to make the outside world disappear and allow only her fictional story exist. I have to share this read with all of you before I can move on with my life. Truthfully. So here goes.

From the very beginning I knew this book would be emotional and raw. I knew from the heavy subject matter that things were about the get crazy. Brooke approaches her plan for revenge head-on and as a reader it was an unforgettable journey through her approach and her self discovery. The shift in beginning Brooke to end Brooke is massive. So much happens between the pages, some of which I still can't wrap my head around, it's jarring and heartbreaking but at the same time it was kind of perfect, especially in the end. It's the kind of book you find yourself mad at, screaming at and rereading to make sure you got it right; then you find yourself shell shocked and numb. I was a lunatic throughout this book, looney I tell you. Totally murmuring to myself and stuff. Yeah. It'll do that to you.

The complexity of the characters and their well thought through (on the authors part) their lives, flaws, and everything in between is what kept me going back in for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense!
Ms. Walden amazes me! She is so not afraid to tackle difficult sensitive emotional subjects! This book deals with suicide, rape and infringement of personal rights. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jubie
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad
This was a story taken from todays headlines in away. Too real to leave you feeling that it was romantic. Tragic and horrific and a bit frightening in a way. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Glynis T. Abernathy
4.0 out of 5 stars going under
This is a hard topic to write about and to read. There were times I felt like crying for the characters in the book, even though they were fictional. However, the topic is real.
Published 1 month ago by beachreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough but Amazing
This book at times made me want to throw my kindle. It was amazing and hard at the same time. Brooke a high schooler with some of her own demons decides to take on some other... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Words.
I'm lost for words as to what exactly to say.
This book was amazing. I felt like I was Brooke, going through the emotions.
I think the author did an absolute amazing job! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T PASS THIS UP....
LET ME START BY SAYING THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. I commend the author for writing this book. I know it couldn't have been easy, but maybe there is someone this book will help. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Well. I just can't say enough. This book is not for the faint of heart. The plot is great and characters are strong. Read more
Published 6 months ago by HeatherBookLvr
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended.
Beautifully written and edited. The story was dark and twisty, but the subject matter and the plot were masterfully handled. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LA Kristy
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book - it had a good balance of ...
Fair warning - this book deals with rape, so if you can't stomach that sort of stuff, don't read it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mrs_goatman
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite book.
Totally not expecting this to be one of my favorites but it was. Great book, strong message! It's a must read!
Published 8 months ago by Sely
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More About the Author

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her at www.swaldenauthor.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.

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Twitter: @swaldenauthor

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