I’m a little late with this review- about a week – but wanted to share just the same.
Series: Caroline & West #1
Published by Bantam Books on January 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My first introduction to Deeper was at RT2015, when it was winning an award. When the author, Robin York, spoke about the issues her book addressed, she gave me goosebumps. I wish I had a recording of her words. The point is, I had some high expectations. And Deeper didn’t quite live up – though I enjoyed it a lot. It’s just I was expecting something DEEPER than Deeper (lol!) ever got. And I expected it to be a lot less about a relationship and sex. I didn’t expect a book that was quite so typically New Adult.
In Robin York’s sizzling debut, 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.
- I love the message that a woman is not to blame when she’s victimized or taken advantage of and the clear recognition that we live in a society that stigmatizes a woman and not the men, let’s men get away with things they do to women and raises them to kit even realize how wrong it is.
- I really enjoyed the characters. West was very complex, which I enjoyed. I liked that Caroline came from privilege and yet she wasn’t made useless by that privilege. She had some gumption. I just wish she didn’t need West to help her find that gumption.
- The story line, in general, is a good one. Deeper didn’t end with the HEA that I expected, which was honestly a nice twist, even though it left me with a little pit in my stomach. It also has me itching to read the next book.
What didn’t Work:
- It’s almost unfair to say that this is “not working”, because I applaud York for taking on the issue of female victimization and blame. I just think she had the opportunity to take it a lot further. I would have liked to see more of the family confrontations that she starts to have towards the end of the book, earlier. And I would have liked them to be more complete. But I have a feeling we might see more of that in the next book.
- For a book that had the opportunity for a lot of depth, it became very typically New Adult throughout the middle. The beginning and end were stronger, but the middle felt like most NA I’ve read. Damaged boy has met damaged girl and they’re healing each other, but keeping secrets and so staying somewhat broken until they fully embrace each other. You know the plot I’m talking about, right?
I’m really glad I picked up Deeper, even if I wish it had more of the depth I felt like it had the potential for. It was well written and I’m hopeful that book 2 will be even better.
Berls enjoyed Deeper, but she just wished it was a little deeper! Click To Tweet