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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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Knee Deep by Jolene Perry
Knee Deep is a stand alone
Available formats: Ebook
Purchase Knee Deep: Amazon . Amazon UK . B&N
239 pages, released May 1st 2012
Source:Copy provided by publishers, for honest review

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.

“He’s it for me, Luke.” …Luke’s face falls. “He can’t be. It can’t be possible for someone like him to get someone like you”

What if the person you were supposed to love and be with forever, changed for the worst? This is exactly what happened to Ronnie. Shawn and her are supposed to be together forever. She promised herself to Shawn when she was 14, and now that she is about to graduate she can’t be more excited to start the future with Shawn. But things don’t always work out how we plan…Shawn is getting angry with Ronnie everyday over smaller and smaller things, the first time he leaves a bruise Ronnie can’t believe he would hurt her and knows he is sorry when he begs her for forgiveness. But as the bruises keep adding, and Shawn’s temper keeps getting worst. Ronnie is starting to think maybe Luke is right, maybe Shawn isn’t who he used to be…

Wow, and wow. Jolene Perry has officially become one of my favorite authors; Knee Deep is yet another work of hers that has taken my breath away! I am not a huge fan of novels that are on tough subjects such as abuse, but Knee Deep I completely connected with and loved to pieces. Most of the time when I hear about girls or woman that are in abusive relationship I just don’t get what they are thinking or how they could stand to be with that person. But while reading Knee Deep I completely understood where Ronnie was coming from, and why trying to convince herself that Shawn is abusive was hard. Jolene did an amazing job at making Knee Deep a powerful and moving novel on abuse.

My favorite part about Knee Deep was easily, the emotions. That may sound like a weird thing to like so much, but Knee Deep had so many different emotions flying around from each character and Jolene did a spectacular job at portraying each characters feelings. Never once did a reaction seem too dramatic, or under played. Everytime Ronnie felt hurt it felt real, it didn’t feel like you were just reading Ronnie’s story. While reading Knee Deep you really feel Ronnie’s pain and struggle. Even when Luke gets hurt or upset you can’t help, but feel sad for him. Every emotion in Knee Deep was so real.

Another part of Knee Deep that I found myself loving was our main character Ronnie. She went through SO much with Shawn, and although some people may see her as weak. When it comes down to it, I think she is one of the strongest characters I have ever seen.  Not only was she a strong character, she was also a great friend, and daughter. Considering everything she went through and to still come out of it all so strong, makes her an amazing main character in Knee Deep.

Altogether, Knee Deep was an amazing tough subject contemporary novel.  It will touch your heart at some points, and completely crush it at another. This is a novel for anyone looking for a novel of heart break, friendship, love, self-recovery, and moving on.


Cathy De Los Santos said...

Great review, I really loved this book and am glad you enjoyed it.

hbjgvhuogyihpo said...

I'm glad you liked this book! I really enjoyed it, and I definitely agree with you on Jolene Perry becoming one of my favorite authors.

Tribute Books said...

Haley, it's always a treat having you review one of our YA tiles - thank you! :)

Book Passion for Life said...

Awesome review Haley! I can't wait to read this.

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

I hear a lot of good about this book and i like the premise of it...nice review!

Unknown said...

Thanks for a great review; I love your site :] I posted my summer reading list a few days ago which has some YA novels if you want to take a look!

I'll definitely be following your blog from now on!

Special Needs Mom said...

I'm a new follower. That was a great review. I really liked the book too.

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Victoria Scott said...

Sounds fantastic! I love a good "emotional" book!