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In Too Deep (Junior Library Guild Selection) by [Grace, Amanda]
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Length: 242 pages Age Level: 12 and up

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About the Author

Amanda Grace is an alias for Mandy Hubbard, who is the author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, Ripple, Dangerous Boy (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 Enumclaw, Washington. For more information, visit her online at:

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  • File Size: 356 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738726001
  • Publisher: Flux; Original edition (February 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VJ1VJI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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We may not like the characters we relate to, and we may not relate to the characters we like. IN TOO DEEP is the former, with a narrator whose first mistake starts a snowball effect. The big issue is that she could publicly correct misconceptions any time, but doesn't until the very end. Yes, she confesses when all is said and done, but for the most part Samantha Marshall is unlikable, even though teens may relate to her reluctance to clear the air.

It's on the back cover, so I don't count it as a spoiler: Carter Wellesley doesn't rape Sam, but she lets everyone believe he did. Her defence is, "I didn't SAY he raped me," but the fact is she doesn't immediately speak the truth when she realises a rumour is spreading.

Sam reasons that Carter is mean, so he deserves a bit of payback. But that's a slap in the face to every victim of rape who is too scared to report the crime, or who reports it but isn't believed. Except for the few who key a derogatory term into the side of her car, Sam is mostly believed and supported. This should give readers hope, but that it's all a fabrication leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

And to think all this horribleness would've been avoided by Sam actually admitting to her best friend that she's in love with him. But then this novel wouldn't exist, because there'd be no story.
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Although the message I get from this novel - lying is bad and don't take the easy way out - is a good message, I found it very hard to empathize with the protagonist or believe that allowing a lie to persist was truly the easy way out for her. The author's writing style is not bad, although some of the imagery didn't work, I found the story line too indigestible to give it any more than two stars.
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This book was excellent and at the same time infuriated me throughout the entire storyline. Don't you hate that when it happens?

Actually, this book is kind of scary because the storyline behind is all too plausible - especially if you throw in alcohol and a little of self-esteem issues - you get Sam.

Sam is a good girl who is desperate to have her best friend Nick notice her. So, she takes it upon herself to put on sexy clothes and flirt with Carter who IS the big guy in school - anything to make Nick notice. Except that the whole backfires big time and now, Sam is confronted with the results of a situation that has completely gotten away from her. How does she fix it and more importantly, does she really want to? after all, Carter is only getting as good as he gives. Unfortunately Sam's conscience is simply not agreeing with her.

What ensues is a nightmare of a situation for both Sam and Carter.

I loved this book because it does a wonderful job of exploring how a situation can be so wrongly interpreted, only to morph into something that nobody can control anymore. Of course, the issue of right and wrong and of 'payback' are also explored, but what came through clearly for me was the fear that Sam felt at having to make things right, all the while telling herself that she will - any day now.

It was amazing to see the situation go from bad to worse, as Sam struggles with her own inner voice and inner courage, while she tries to figure out just what she should do.

I found myself actively disliking Sam for most of the book.
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After reading Amanda Grace's emotional and gut wrenching But I Love Him, I was dying to read more by her. Therefore, when the chance finally came up to read In Too Deep, I dove right in, curious to see how this one would live up to her previous release. While I didn't enjoy it as much as But I Love Him, I was still fully fascinated as well as taken aback by the story of how one lie can change everything. This book had me hooked from the first page to the last, and best of all, the Amanda's prose once again provoked many feelings out of me.

In Too Deep had an interesting premise, and after reading the summary, I was curious to see how Amanda would present it. As everyone knows, lies are bad, but in Sam's case her lie, or really, her willingness to go along with the lie, is ESPECIALLY bad. It was insane to see just how far everything could spin out of control. Constantly, all I wanted was to yell at Sam to tell the truth, to make everything right, especially when it was causing pain to not only the "bad" people in the book as well as the "good" people. However, I feel that the message it portrayed was more important than the easy-fix that could have occurred, and that's where the magic in this one occurred.

Sam, as you can probably imagine, was a hard character to like, even in the beginning. As mentioned before, I wanted Sam to tell the truth from the get-go, but at the same, I could feel a little understanding in her need to not do just that. It allowed for a lot of inner dilemmas for Sam, as well as overall growth, to occur. Nick, however, was a character I absolutely adored. He was such a sweet guy, especially to Sam, which made Sam's lie even harder to stomach at times, because her was this AMAZING guy, who was head-over-heels in love with her, and she was screwing it up.
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