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.
**A free copy of this book was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Honestly, I didn't have the great expectations for this book since most of my Goodreads friends rated it three stars. I thought Deeper would be an enjoyable read and that's all. I was so wrong. It was more than good, much more. I was in the middle of reading it when I decided that I had to have a paperback of Deeper. Clearly that this is one of my favorite books from this year and I'm looking forward to read the sequel.
The story is written from dual POV. Caroline was a good girl, always seeking an approval from others, so when her ex-boyfriend Nate decided to post her nude pictures online as a revenge, her carefully planned life began to crumble. It really hurt her, she wasn't the same girl anymore, but by the end of the book Caroline got thicker skin and decided to fight and stop hiding anymore. She realized none of that was her fault, although the society treated her like she deserved it for trusting the wrong person. "The world hasn’t changed, but I have." We all make mistakes, but no one deserves to get publicly humiliated and abused because of that. I must admit that I don't know any person to whom this happened so I wasn't aware of this problem at all. I think that Robin York, besides being able to write a wonderful story, successfully raised awareness of the problem that exists, but, sadly, we do not pay enough attention to it.
Life was cruel to West too, but in a different way. He had to suffer a lot and work hard to be able to take care of a younger sister and mother while studying. He did some amoral and even illegal things when he was struggling to survive and to make his dreams come true. Caroline was not included in his plans, but sometimes the best things in life comes out of the blue. The attraction between Caroline and West was palpable from the first moment they met when Caroline passed out by his car. Indeed a memorable meeting and one of my favorite scenes from the book.
I had such a great time reading Deeper. It made me laugh and cry at the same time, I almost fainted in a couple of really great scenes (winks), but the most important thing was forgetting the outside world and diving into an imaginary world artfully created by Robin York. Truly magnificent! I went deeper and I never wanted to come back. This is one book to remember and re-read over and over again.
I would recommend Deeper to fans of new adult genre, realistic fiction and, of course, to all romance lovers with swoon-worthy hero.
The West menace is, like, sex in aerosol form. He’s making it with his body, and then he’s putting it all over me.My body is into it, too. My body is on board.My body is such a traitor.
It is my new least-favorite thing: being looked at by West. Like he’s trying to sex me to death.
By the way.Nothing for several seconds.You look fucking hot.
I try to think of a diplomatic way of putting it, but Bridget beats me to the punch with: “That she wants to climb into his pants.”Yes. Those words actually come out of her mouth.
Like the stars are in Caroline, and the whole world is just me and her.Because I’m stoned.And because I’m in love with her.