Deeper by Robin York
Publisher: Bantam (January 28, 2014)
Series: Caroline + West, 1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
In this New Adult debut by Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.
West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.
They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.
When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
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I have read many reviews where the reader goes on and on about how the book tore her up, how she cried and raged. The term “ugly cry” is always mentioned two or three times in a very dramatic tone. I have always rolled my eyes at such claims. “Really? You cried – actually bawled, not just blinked back a stinging in your eyes? PLEASE!” I didn't understand what these readers could possible be reading to make such claims. I wondered if I was missing some crucial reader DNA; I feared I was IUC – Incapable of Ugly Crying.
Man was I wrong. And I now understand what other readers have known for years—ugly crying hurts. A lot.
Deeper is an amazing book, for many reasons, which I will get into later—but mainly because Robin York (aka, Ruthie Knox) taught me how to ugly cry. I think I may now be a pro, after 300 pages of West and Caroline's story. I finished Deeper nearly a month ago, and yet I'm still not over this book!
The ending (ha!) left me raw. The pain is still intense, but if you think that will stop me from reading Deeper again, you are wrong.
Already I've pre-ordered a copy for my keeper shelf. Because as hard as it was to read this book, it was so easy to love it.
I can't even begin to explain why I loved this book so much. It's the simple fact that I couldn't stop reading, even as my heart lay bleeding on the floor. I couldn't hate West, even though he has his rude moments.
There were many scenes I marked, and I know that when my copy arrives, I will have post-it notes everywhere. The many phone-sex scenes . . . the dirty talking . . . their first time . . . *shivers* Trust me – Deeper is very sexy, very dirty, yet so very, well, deep. West and Caroline's relationship is about more than just (hot, awesome) sex, though there is plenty of that!
Be prepared to cry, be prepared to scream at the pain, yet be prepared for sexy fun, too. Because even though Deeper broke me, it was worth it. York, you had better continue this story—I'm not sure I can survive without a HEA for these two troubled, yet brave, characters. If you are an ugly cry virgin, like I was, you may take my review as over-the-top drama. If you've done this before, then you know the routine, and even without having read this book yet, you are probably nodding your head, accustomed to these emotions. Either way, be sure to pick this one up; you may hate me for recommending it while the pain hits, but by the end you will thanking me!
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
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So -- are you an Ugly Cry Virgin? Do you have IUC? Or are you a pro? Share, please! :)
If you've read Ruthie Knox, you simply must read her debut as a New Adult author!
Until Next Time,
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