Title: Knee Deep
Author: Jolene Perry
Source: Tribute Books
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.
Wow. That is about all I can say. (Favorite childhood book shout out! Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse!) Anyway, I’m serious though. This book was awesome. It was a really nice story and sweet, but it also touched some very important issues in today’s world. I loved how Jolene incorporated all of the aspects of a good love story, but also of pain and forced indecision.
Frankly, the cover creeped me out a little. The way the girl stares at you just gives me the shivers. However, I know why they call it Knee Deep! The reason is so cute! I might be having one of those I know something and you don’t moments. It’s okay, carry on.
You jump right into the story, there are times where you feel like you’re missing something, but then it all is explained and it’s all good again! The story line dragged at some points when you didn’t know what Ronnie was going to do and all you wanted to do was smack her across the face and scream at her until she woke up. However, that was a good thing because it meant I was paying attention to the story and not what was going on in my own little world.
Ronnie... Well all I wanted to do was slap her, or make her wake up in some way and to stop being an idiot. I mean, the whole book she was a dependent little girl. Always making sure Shawn was happy and never checking to see if she was happy, and the one time she would be happy Shawn would come along and mess it up. I got annoyed with her personality of always defending Shawn. It made her into a whiny brat and it was just plain annoying.
The two guys that I know you want to know about are Shawn and Luke. Well they couldn’t more opposite and similar at the same time. Shawn is the current boyfriend and he’s a little possessive. I hated his character. Right from the beginning all I wanted to do was pull her away from Shawn and put her into Luke’s arms. Speaking of Luke, he is everything you want a guy to be, caring protective and loving. Yet, Luke’s character didn’t get the time he deserved in this book! I want more Luke!
All in all:
I really did enjoy Knee Deep. Ronnie’s personality really annoyed me though and I didn’t know what I would do if I was in her place. If you’re looking for a quick and easy read, the Knee Deep is a great place to start! 4 out of 5 tacos!