{Book Review} Going Under by Georgia Cates

October 8, 2012 Reviews 6

Pages: 222
Publication Date: March 1, 2012 
Age Group: YA
Source: author
Series: Going Under #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,Just Contemporary challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon

Summary(from Goodreads):

Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?

Going Under is such a touching story. It really is. It was so nice to see someone fight for someone and have such pure intentions. I loved the progression of the story, and I loved getting to know Jessie and Claire. Fans of contemporary romance need to check out this series!

Claire is a typical “perfect” teenager. She was smart and pretty and nice, but my favorite thing about her was her spunk. She is super feisty and it was so much fun to read about her and her best friend, Payton. Jessie rolls into town and right away he makes an enemy- of the quarter back he is about to replace, and Claire’s boyfriend. So I knew this book was going to be drama right from the start. But it is so much fun to read, and like most reality shows(or whatever your guilty pleasure is) it totally sucked me in. I liked that jessie was kind of a bad boy at the start. It made him seem realistic. he wasn’t head over heels from page one, but the more he saw of claire the more he liked. It just flowed. I could feel their feelings start to develop. That is what I loved the most. plus once you got to know the real jessie, he is such an angel!

Plus, I love the way Claire always fought for him. It was so nice because no one has ever cared enough about him to stick up for him. It was almost like the two of them against the world and I was totally on their side. This is such a sweet, sweet love story. Rich girl, poor troubled boy. It is not an original idea but there is a reason that it is a popular plotline. When it is done well, it can be compelling and super cute. and Going Under was certainly done well! I really hope there is a book 3. I want to see what is going on with Jessie and Claire when they go away to college and before the “3 years later” part at the end.

4.5/5 gavels

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6 Responses to “{Book Review} Going Under by Georgia Cates”

  1. Jen Greyson

    I’ll have to check this one out. I’m a big fan of feisty heroines, and I like that romances are starting to come in series — I never want the book to end, and getting to draw it out over several books makes me happy.

  2. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    This book is everywhere today! I love touching stories! Sounds like some drama too. Nice that Claire stands up for Jessie. I’m not a bad boy fan but glad you were able to get to like Jessie.

  3. Andrea C

    Oooh, this sounds great! I have to admit I’m a sucker for the cliched bad boy with a heart of gold. Can’t help it.

    Definitely an add to me “to read” list! 🙂

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