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Carter didn't rape me. People at school think he did. Suddenly, new friends are rushing to my side, telling me that Carter hurt them, too. They say he's getting what he deserves.

Maybe I don't want to fix this.


Sam is in love with her best friend Nick, but she can't seem to tell him. So she decides to flirt with golden-boy Carter Wellesley, hoping Nick will see it and finall...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Flux (first published February 1st 2012)
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Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
Two wrongs don't make a right.

After reading this book I felt a little bad because I didn't like it as much as I did But I love him.



I was extremely disappointed.

Let me just make it clear, I wasn't disappointed because the writing was bad or that the characters were not well developed. It was. I love Amanda Grace and this was why I decided to read this. I was so sure I was going to fall in love with it like But I love Him but I was wrong. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

The story st...more
Inspired Kathy
In Too Deep is a book I didn't want to put down and stayed up until 2 am to finish. When I took a break from reading I couldn't help but think about the storyline and wonder just how Sam was going to get herself out of the mess she was in and what the consequences would be. Thus I was drawn back to the book and stayed up to finish.

Overall I was pleased with this book. The story sucked me in and I like the way the author writes. I could relate to the characters and was grateful this book showed t...more
Rose
"In Too Deep" by Amanda Grace is an example of a book that, with the right considerations and development, could've been a much better novel in its overall construction. I saw a great deal of what this book wanted to do in terms of being a story grounded in morals - but that morality is shaded in many different points and feels like it speaks more against its overall intended message rather than for it.

Granted, it's not an uncommon plot device for someone to misinterpret something they see in t...more
Tez
Apr 22, 2014 Tez rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: to-swap
We may not like the characters we relate to, and we may not relate to the characters we like. In Too Deep is the former, with a narrator whose first mistake starts a snowball effect. The big issue is that she could publicly correct misconceptions any time, but doesn't until the very end. Yes, she confesses when all is said and done, but for the most part Samantha Marshall is unlikable, even though teens may relate to her reluctance to clear the air.

It's on the back cover, so I don't count it as...more
Julia
Due to a misunderstanding, a girl sees Sam (main character - female) leaving the bedroom of Carter & because of Sam's appearance (tears & torn shirt) & her demeanor, the observer infers that Carter had raped Sam. Soon this rumor spreads through the whole school - unknown to Sam. (She's just embarassed Carter rejected her advances - which were only made to get her best friend Nick to notice her as a girl.) When Sam hears the rumors for the first time Monday at school, she is too stunn...more
Meagan
Sam is your quintessential teenage nobody – she has one friend, and that friend doesn’t even know about the thing she cares the most about, writing. In a town so small that you’re bound to have two classes with everyone in your entire graduating class, where her father is conveniently the chief of police, it’s no wonder she feels a bit alone.

The story starts with Sam being in love with her best friend. Who hasn’t been there? It’s a feeling so familiar to so many people that you can immediately...more
Heidi McLaughlin
IN TOO DEEP, a contemporary young adult novel that begs the question, how far is too far.

When Samantha Marshall enters the party of Carter Wellesley, she’s already taken too far. Her first mistake, dressing in an all too short mini-skirt hoping to catch the attention of Carter so she can make her best friend, Nick, jealous.

Case in point of almost every teenage girl…lack of communication and using sex to make someone jealous.

Sam spends the night drinking after realizing that grabbing Carter’s at...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
IN TOO DEEP is a powerful YA that explores the danger of rumors and their lasting affects on people. Grace's novel deeply affected me, and while there were some flaws, they were easy to overlook. I look forward to more from Grace.


Sam isn't perfect. In fact, she is far from that. She is completely humiliated by Carter, and feels broken. But she didn't mean for the false rumors to spread about her being assaulted by Carter. Sure, he is a complete jerk who has no respect for women, but rape is pret...more
Donna
I thought I was going to get pretty enraged by IN TOO DEEP because I have some pretty strong feelings about girls crying rape but it wasn't too bad. I think ultimately it was all handled really well, the protagonist went through a sufficient level of guilt and it wrapped itself up realistically so I really don't have any complaints.

IN TOO DEEP tackled all the relevant avenues that it could potentially go down, I think, from claimant guilt to what's happening to the guy to his future to her futur...more
Aldy
A ver, me pasó algo muy raro con esta historia, al principio me gustó, y el final también, pero desde el capítulo 3 hasta el 18 más o menos, me pareció aburridísimo, la protagonista se hizo odiar, como va a mentar sobre un asunto TAN pesado?, me parece que la autora no estuvo a la altura de la situación a la hora de desarrollar el relato sobre este tema y eso se notó claramente a la hora de concluir la historia.
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Allie (Little Birdie Books)
This entire book is about a misunderstanding. It's easy to sympathise with Sam, as the rumours were a huge shock to her and were obviously something she never intended. But it's just as easy to be frustrated with her, since she continues to perpetuate the whole thing.

Though Sam never outwardly says 'yeah, Carter raped me' she keeps up the pretence and lets everyone think the worst; which results in her school becoming a war zone, torn between those who believe Carter and those who want to strin...more
Kari
(Full review to come closer to release)

This one is intense and emotional, and it jumps right into it. A simple misunderstanding, spiraled into something huge, and Amanda nails that hopeless, loss of control feeling so perfectly. Picked apart, sure, any specific motivation in this book might not seem good enough but mounted on top of each other, and it's easy to see why Sam found herself in such a firestorm. Sam has a fantastic overall story arc and development, testing herself and having just th...more
Alicia
In the opposite of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, this realistic "message" novel is actually pretty poignant if brief and shallow (and not in a negative way, it just merely scrapes the surface of a story like this). Samantha attends a party in a skimpy outfit for two reasons, to make her best boy friend, Nick, jealous and fall madly in love with her and possibly do it with Carter, the jock extraordinaire. In a twist of mistaken circumstances, Sam is too drunk to really impress Carter and when s...more
Lauren
After reading Amanda Grace's emotional and gut wrenching But I Love Him, I was dying to read more by her. Therefore, when the chance finally came up to read In Too Deep, I dove right in, curious to see how this one would live up to her previous release. While I didn't enjoy it as much as But I Love Him, I was still fully fascinated as well as taken aback by the story of how one lie can change everything. This book had me hooked from the first page to the last, and best of all, the Amanda's prose...more
Julia
Apr 19, 2012 Julia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This wasn't an entirely horrible book- I'd even stretch to give it 2.5--3 stars.- but, it was just too simple from beginning to end.


Personally, this book just wasn't very unique, interesting or realistic- even though it dealt with a very realistic topic. I'll admit it wasn't the most horrible book ever, there were some pretty good parts, and the subject of how quickly and easily a rumor can spiral out-of-control was a good idea for a book, but it didn't seem to go anywhere unpredictable or surp...more
Mehsi
Watch out! Spoilers are all over the place.


I was hesistant to read this book. I am not really into books that feature rape. Luckily I found out this book didn't feature rape, just a girl accidentally saying yes to people when asked vaguely about something.

Though, really that girl is an idiot. She could have fixed it days ago, fixed it all, but she just let it all come and grow. :\ I feel for Carter, he didn't do anything (though he is mean and rotten to girls), but no one deserves a rape charge...more
Kristi
Samantha has a major crush on her best friend Nick. Too bad that he is so easily distracted by his on-again, off-again girlfriend to take notice of her. Until tonight that is, because Sam has a plan! If only Nick could see her as a desirable girl and not just his friend, maybe their relationship could be something more. And the way to make Nick see her as desirable is to have another guy take notice. In comes Carter. If Sam can get Carter to flirt with her, Nick will have no choice but to take n...more
Stephanie
I have seen so many movies, especially on Lifetime, and even heard some actual stories like the one told in this book. Sam, a high student, is crazy about her best friend, Carter, who is a senior in high school. She has had the biggest crush on him for years, so Sam decides to reveal her true feelings to him at his senior party. It did not turn out as well as she thought, so she is utterly disappointed, hurt, and crying. A girl at the party sees her leave Carter's room in that condition and beli...more
Inge
3.5 stars

Carter didn't rape me. People at school think he did. Suddenly, new friends are rushing to my side, telling me that Carter hurt them, too. They say he's getting what he deserves.

Maybe I don't want to fix this.


Sam is in love with her best friend Nick. She’s never had the guts to tell him, so she decides to make him jealous by hitting on Carter, the most popular guy in high school. What could possibly go wrong, right? At Carter’s party, Sam thinks it’s a splendid idea to get drunk and fol...more
Reading Teen
This is the story of a troubled young woman who gets caught up in a web of lies and deceit in an effort to further a romantic relationship with her childhood best friend, Nick Davis. Sam Marshall is a 17 year old high school senior who lives alone with her father. Her relationship with her father is not a loving, supportive one. Her father is a strict disciplinarian who monitors every move she makes. I see her as a girl who has a very low self-esteem and very few friends before the story begins....more
Samantha
Can someone please tell me when people became so cavalier about rape?
"Pfft. It's just rape, no big deal. It happens sometimes." What?

I didn't do this to you. But you know what? You kinda deserve it.

Why? Why did he deserve it? Because he rejected you? Or because he broke up with those other girls after they wouldn't sleep with him? Or because they did, or whatever? Yeah, he's a huge douchenozzle, does that mean he deserves to be pegged as a rapist for the rest of his life?

Also, one more thing,...more
Brooke
Well, damn.

*Takes deep breath*


In Too Deep is one of those books where everything goes down hill so fast and the next thing you know you’re scared to read the next sentence in fear things will get even worse and then you just want to curl up in a corner and never pick the book up again but the writings really good and there’s this boy named Nick so you pick it up and keep reading and you just shake your head the whole time and wish you would’ve stayed in that corner.

The beginning of In Too Deep...more
Lisa
Thank you, library. I was not expecting you to have this. I guess I'm old fashioned or something because I'm always shocked when a library has a new-ish book! Shocked!

Anyway, this had been on my amazon wishlist ever since I finished But I Love Him last year. I loved that book. It was definitely one of the stand-outs of 2011. Oh, and this was my 100th read of 2012! My goal has been met.

This wasn't as good as But I Love Him but it was still a good read. Basic plot: Sam is in love with her best fri...more
Ashley
Can I just give an insanely huge thank you to this author for NOT being afraid of her ending? There is very little worse than reading an intensely emotional, painful book and having it end with every single character finding their happy place.

This is NOT that book. This is not a book of sunshine and rainbows but it IS a powerful book with an important message that I think people, especially teenagers, NEED to hear.

Your actions and choices DO matter. They DO make a difference. And staying silen...more
Angela
The writing was pretty good, and felt true to the adolescent experience, even if some of the characterization was a little simplistic, but I hated the main character so much that I skipped a lot toward the end. There was a point at which she could have backed out with a little honor, and she went way past it. Saying you're sorry kind of loses its impact after you've let the rumor go on for a week. I feel like this book belittles the experience of people who have actually been raped, supporting t...more
Emily
2.5 stars

I don't really know how I feel about this book yet. I was pretty conflicted the whole time I was reading & went from interested to bored to irritated and then finally to surprised. I definitely wasn't expecting the ending and the way that everything came together. It just seemed.. incomplete. Perhaps even preachy. (view spoiler) Don't ge...more
Aly∞
Actual rating: 3.5

*cue chatshow music*



So today on the show we have SAM!



HOLD YOUR HORSES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! The story we have prepared for you today revolves around one single, simple question:

How do you undo a lie?

By telling the truth, you say?

What if it's slightly harder than that?

What if it's easier to go along with the lie, than it is to tell the truth?



Now, now. Let's not judge before we hear the story! Welcome, Sam!

Sam: Hello!

Me: So Sam, care to tell us what story you are here to teach u...more
Brenna Doherty
i was reading and after a while i just got bored with wwhat was happening in the story.
Jeanne
This book was okay. I thought the premise was interesting, but I didn't really enjoy it. I wonder if that was because I really didn't like the characters. Sam has no backbone and Carter really is a jerk. I realize that if I wasn't more than twice their age, I might have related more to these teens.

I kept wanting to slap Sam for NOT stepping up and stopping the rumor mill once she realized what was going on. I understand she believes Carter deserves some of what he gets because he has been cruel...more
AJ
(Read this review and more at Pretty Bookmarks)

I'm a little disappointed with In Too Deep. In Too Deep wasn't a bad book -- it was written well and the premise was interesting but I had a lot of trouble with the main character.

The main character is awfully annoying. It was so hard to relate to her and to understand what's really going on in her mind. Sam is incredibly silly. From the very first few pages of the book she was already making me roll my eyes at her actions.

I get the whole let's-be-...more
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Amanda Grace is a pen name for Young Adult author Mandy Hubbard (PRADA AND PREJUDICE, YOU WISH). She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her husband and young daughter.
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