Knee Deep - Jolene Perry

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Knee Deep - Jolene Perry

"Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight every day, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He's the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she's playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both."

Shawn is a typical teenage girl with a typical crush. She has been in love with Shawn since forever, and just because he's changing doesn't mean she is going to stop loving him. Luke is her best friend, but why does she feel so different around him than she used to.

I was very wary when I started to read this book. Violence against women is a very touchy subject, and I was worried that this book would fall apart if handled wrongly. But I didn't need to worry, for Jolene Perry knows exactly what she is doing.

Ronnie Bird. I want to say I loved her character. But I didn't. I really didn't. I found her to be ridiculously pathetic. I know that was probably part of the story, if she had of been a stronger person half of the story would never have happened, but it really annoyed me to no end.
Sure, she loves Shawn. She has always loved him. She doesn't see herself with anyone else, nor does she want to. They just connect. But now Shawn is different. He is angry all the time and he is starting to take it all out on Ronnie. But of course, she isn't helping right. Why oh why did she wear she wear her gorgeous wedge heels when she knows Shawn doesn't like her wearing heels. Seriously.

We could all see Shawn's breakdown a mile away. Heck, even Ronnie knows something isn't right.  Shawn is a wonderfully bad character - Ms Perry has written him superbly. The things he says would probably make any girl second guess herself, especially someone like Ronnie. After he leaves bruises on her wrist for the first time, she tries to pass it off. But you must know it's wrong if you won't tell anyone. She shoves it away like it's nothing so of course it was going to get worse.

Luke is a gorgeous character as well. It was fairly obvious of his feelings for Ronnie from the start. Despite everything, Luke continues to be friends with Shawn, just for Ronnie's sake. He is so sweet and Ronnie knows it. So just dump the violent boyfriend who obviously doesn't care and move on. Seems so easy in my head.

Despite my dislikes with the main character, I absolutely loved this story. It is so easy to sit back and say "I would be different, I wouldn't let him treat me like that, I would tell someone" but when it came to real life, would we really? This novel touches on a strong issue, bringing all these things into the open, for us to really think about. That's what this story made me do - Think.

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  1. Great review. I love the premise of this story and how lovely the cover is. Glad you liked it.


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