By Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Sapphire Star Publishing, 2013
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
Holy Smokes. I wonder what the author felt like while she was writing this. It was a very emotional book, and I could only read it in small doses because the abuse made me so upset.
Gracie met Noah and broke up with her boyfriend because of him. She learned that he was charming one minute, acidic the next. In a nutshell, Noah emotionally abused her. He changed a lot about her, and he really enjoyed that, which wasn't healthy. He didn't like being in a relationship either. He only wanted Gracie around when it was convenient for him. It was so sad. It broke my heart to read about what she put up with for so long. She knew she needed to get out, but didn't know how.
Enter Jake, the perfect man.
She got together with him during one of the times that she and Noah were broken up because Noah was cheating on Gracie. He treated her with respect and love, two things she never got from Noah. Jake was always there for her and a very good friend to her. Noah kept surfacing, and Gracie had to decide between Jake and Noah.
The book was good at showing how a bad relationship can destroy someone and be incredibly difficult to get out of. It was well-done and well-written. I wasn't really comfortable with the fact that she jumped into a relationship so quickly with Jake. I wish she would have had time in between. I did like the ending, though.