- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148231312X
- ISBN-13: 978-1482313123
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 401 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Going Under Paperback – March 14, 2013
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at swaldenauthor.com for up-to-date information on her current projects.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Brooke...I had to keep reminding myself that she is 18 and a classic teenager. She is immature, selfish, foolish, narcissistic, and at times extraordinarily stupid. She made a horrible mistake before the events of the book that has led to an extremely guilty conscience. While it was not a century nice thing to do, I'm certainly not going to punish her for that, she seems to do that enough to herself. But her incredible guilt makes her decide to go deep cover and investigate a "Fantasy Slut League" involving multiple members of the swim team. Rather than going to her father, school administrators, or the police, she begins gathering evidence, talking to victims, and puts a huge target on her back. She knows she is dealing with a team of rapists who are drugging their victims, but she takes drinks from at least one of them on multiple occasions. Think Brooke!! And there are consequences, rather horrific ones too. I was very discouraged by her dangerous decisions and one early plan designed to catch them and punish herself at the same time.
Ryan...the romantic lead. The book needed him because without their love story It would have been a very dark read. However, again he's only 18, teenage love stories/sex scenes aren't my cuppa tea. But at times I felt that his addition dragged the story. I wanted justice and revenge more than reading about them painting and skateboarding together.
It took me a while to get through the book because there wasn't an overwhelming urge to pick it up. The last few chapters were gripping and compelling, but it took awhile to get there. It was well written, didn't get distracted by spelling or errors so I would give this author another read.
This was a bad after school special book. I have so many issues.
- the main girl is hard to like. She cheats on her best friend with her boyfriend while she knows her best friend is a rape victim. She also makes everything about her. She is not seeking redemption for her friend but to ease her own guilt.
- Ryan is 18 and states that he has slept with 6 girls. This is not a lot for an 18 year old boy nowadays.
- Brooke is suppose to be smart and a bad ass but it so naive. She hears "sex, score, virgin, etc" and can't figure out what's going on. Seriously.
- similar to the above point, what did she think was going to happen when she started messing with the boys. Please make no mistake, she did NOT deserve to be raped, hurt, attacked, etc. however she acted surprised when they attacked her in the poll and made other threats. Way too naive.
- I understand why she would have issues with Ryan but she needs to keep in mind 1) that she had made a huge mistake against her best friend. I'm guessing Brooke's cheating didn't help Beth's suicidal tendencies. 2) Brooke knew about Beth's rape and didn't tell anyone either.
I am glad Brooke pursued legal action against the boys at the end.
Brooke made a promise to her best friend, Beth, to never tell her secret - Beth was raped. The book begins with Brooke attending Beth's funeral. After betraying Beth's trust by cheating with Beth's boyfriend, Brooke is consumed with guilt. Following Beth's suicide, Brooke's guilt only multiplies. She blames herself. Brooke moves in with her father and starts a new school, which also happens to be Beth's old school. Brooke soon uncovers a twisted game being played by the school's swim team, led by Beth's rapist, Cal. As a way to atone for wronging her friend, Brooke decides to seduce Cal, after which she will turn him and the others in. As twisted and convoluted as that idea was, I was interested in how Brooke was going to pull it off.
"The idea of letting him have me. Seduce him without him knowing, give him the perfect opportunity to take advantage of me, then make him pay for it afterwards. Could I actually go through with it, though? Could I give up my body as a sacrifice to seek vengeance? Was I strong enough? Crazy enough?"
Brooke plans are complicated when she begins to date and fall for Ryan Foster, a classmate and a guy she met at Beth's funeral a/k/a "Funeral Guy". Ryan is somewhat of a loner at school, and seems troubled. It's clear that Ryan and Brooke have skeletons in the closet, and they're sort of each other's therapy. Personally, Ryan and Brooke's relationship seemed to come out of nowhere. Their mutual attraction for each other was the only thing that drew them to each other. Because of this, I didn't feel an emotional connection to them as a couple. Their "love" for each other came out of left field.
I am a sucker for flawed characters, and the cast of characters in Going Under were most definitely flawed. Cal, Parker, and Tim were horrific human beings. Cal, in particular, gave me the chills and the creeps. He made the hairs on my arms stand up. I applaud S. Walden on making him (dare I say) charming, yet sinister at the same time.
"It was becoming extremely difficult just to be anywhere near Cal. He made me nervous, and he knew he did. We both knew we were playing at some fake friendly game, but neither one of us would voice it aloud."
The final twenty percent or so just didn't work for me AT ALL. I found the twist in this story to be very predictable. The whole book had been building to this moment, and everything after that point seemed flat. I get that Walden wanted a HEA, but I felt like the final chapters took away from the story as a whole. It felt rushed. I absolutely did NOT like the epilogue at all. The ending was, for lack of a better word, cheesy.
Most recent customer reviews
Seriously. The plot was compelling, the twists were genuine surprises, and the characters had some depth and complexity.Read more
It was without a doubt a page turner!Read more
Wow very intense I just love authors approach to just a subject like rape.Read more