{Book Review} Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

June 18, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 9

Knee Deep by Jolene Perry
Pages: 176 pages
Publication Date: may 1, 2012 by Tribute Books
Age Group: YA
Source: Publisher
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Sophomore Reading challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

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.

I absolutely loved Knee Deep! I recently won another one of Jolene’s books and if it is half as good as Knee Deep, I will love that one too. This has been one of my favorite contemporaries that I have read in such a long time. It is so powerful! Once I was done I wanted there to be so much more. Even though I was really happy with the way the story ended, I still wanted to keep reading.

Jolene has such a way with words. She is just amazing as creating a story and having you connect with the characters. Knee Deep deals with some issues of abuse, and I have never really found a book previously that dealt with such serious issues in such a realistic, yet readable way. Normally reading about characters in the midst of abuse bugs me. It’s just not something that I would choose to read about, but I am re-thinking this position of mine because Knee Deep was just done in such an excellent way.

Ronnie is just so cute and trusting, that it is hard to blame her for anything. PLus, I have come to find out that I am a sucker for books that have a play in them. For some reason, I just love the drama setting. And Shawn didn’t really like plays, which was a turn off for me. However, I never really liked Shawn, even when he was being nice. I knew what Ronnie saw in him but I just didn’t get it. Perhaps this was because I instantly was drawn to Luke. Luke is loyal, sweet and such an awesome friend! My heart was breaking for him at some parts and I had to put the book down a few times because it evoked such strong emotions in me.

Knee Deep is a MUST read for all contemporary lovers and even people that have not really gotten into contemporary. Honestly, I think everyone should just give Knee Deep a try. That is how much I loved it. I don’t make blanket statements like this often because I know that some books are not for everyone, but I loved Knee Deep so much that I everyone to fall in love with it like I did! This is a 2012 favorite for sure. 

5/5 Gavels

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Jolene Perry’s Bio:

Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of Night Sky and The Next Door Boys.

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9 Responses to “{Book Review} Knee Deep by Jolene Perry”

  1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    I accidentally read this last week mixing up tour dates even though my date isn’t until the end of July. It was such a good read, though and it covers such an important topic. It was compelling and so good. Luckily, Ronnie gets her HEA most girls aren’t so lucky!

  2. TayteH

    The book sounds really good, but I can’t help but think of Knee Deep, the song by The Zac Brown Band when I look at the title. I love them both. 😀

  3. Holly Bryan

    Hi Michelle, great review. I just won ‘Knee Deep’ in a giveaway and it is high on my TBR list too. I’ve heard such wonderful things about the book all around and am excited that you liked it too. I’m looking forward to reading it. I just hope that folks will remember, as Heidi said above, that most girls who go through this *don’t* get their HEA. I lost my sister to DV, so I know that much for sure. I hope that young girls, especially, will get from Jolene’s book that NO ONE is worth going through abuse. I am looking forward to reading this, glad to read your review!

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