Book Review : Deeper by Robin York

October 26, 2014 Book review 8 ★★★★½

This book was recommended to me by lots of bloggers whose reviews I value and I now know why.  This book was SO good.  It encapsulates all that is worthwhile about the New Adult Genre and thumbs a nose to all the tired cliches that so many others are littered with.  At first glance it MIGHT seem cliched but trust me it’s not.  It’s fresh and realistic and all but broke me.

Book Review : Deeper by Robin YorkDeeper by Robin York
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 28 Jan 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

In Robin York’s sizzling debut, 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. T

hough 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.

First Line of Deeper by Robin York:

 “Sometimes I hate the girl I was back then.”

My Thoughts on Deeper by Robin York:

Deeper deals with the tricky subject of revenge porn.  Caroline was in a relationship with Nate and during their three years together, he took some photos of her in compromising positions.  Private photos, never meant for anyone eyes but theirs.  And Caroline wasn’t even happy with it at the time but as a people pleaser, as the girl who follows the rules, she just did what she thought a good girlfriend should do.

So after they break up, Nate being the jerk he is, publishes them.  Everywhere.  For all to see.  And Caroline has to live with the aftermath.  Not just for the next few days or the rest of the college semester but forever.  And Deeper makes you live every moment of shame with her.  The voices in her head scorning her, belittling her, berating her are voices I have heard, voices many women have heard, voices you may have heard too.

West is there – sort of – to help Caroline though this. But he has his own demons to fight.  And those demons demand his attention and as much as he adores Caroline, he needs to step up and find the courage to commit first.  To take the plunge and allow himself to go deeper.  Together Caroline and West help each other to heal but not without lots of messy complications along the way.

I adored Caroline and West, both individually and as a couple.  Their relationship is steamy but most of all it gives them power and belief in themselves.  I laughed and cried and felt the heat between them.  And lately romance books have been boring me but these two broke though my barriers and made me believe in them.

I love books with a message, ones that heighten awareness on important issues and ones that make you think.  And this one achieves all that.  Plus it challenged my ideas too.  At times I wanted Caroline to rethink her actions and the book made me realise I was labelling her too and making her live the life of a victim.  I love that it highlighted that to me and I think I came away feeling a lot more empathy for anyone who has found themselves in the position she was in.

The language of the book fits with the subject.  It is crude but not in a gratuitous way.  It makes a point and makes it very effectively.  And the writing is fab.  Robin York knows how to pull you through a whirlwind of emotions and by the end of the book, I was done.  Not in a bad way, I just knew my heart had been spun around and around and I couldn’t take any more.  I wanted to cry ‘enough’ and then I immediately wanted to know when the next book would be out so I can emotionally prepare myself for whatever lies ahead.  Because whatever the subject, whoever the characters; I want in.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read Deeper by Robin York?

I’d highly recommend this to all who like emotional, angsty, sensual New Adult books.  If you enjoy Colleen Hoover, Erin McCarthy or Jasinda Wilder; then I think you should also love this one.  If you’ve never tried New Adult, this is a great one to start with.

Warning – I’d rate this as over 18 due to explicit language and scenes.

four-half-stars

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8 Responses to “Book Review : Deeper by Robin York”

  1. tonyalee

    AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trish! I am so glad you read this one and loved it too! One of my favorites aspects of the novel too, is one you mentioned. How Robin challenges our thinking about the situation and the characters. Go read Harder!! 😛

    • trish

      Your review Tonya was one of the ones that caught my attention especially as you don’t ship a lot of NA books. So glad I tried this one. And yes Harder will be devoured soon. I need to wrap my heart up in plastic bubble first though!! I can’t bear for these two to suffer anymore! :O

    • trish

      Hope you enjoy it Devin! I do think it has something more to offer than most other NA books out there. If you enjoy character driven books and don’t mind explicit language and scenes; then I’d highly recommend it 🙂

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