Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In Too Deep” as Want to Read:
In Too Deep
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In Too Deep

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,528 ratings  ·  218 reviews
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
Paperback, 228 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Flux (first published February 1st 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
"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
Heidi McLaughlin
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Feli Collante Luna
Oct 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reseña y premio a La Protagonista Más Tonta


¡Enhorabuena, te lo has ganado a pulso!

¿Tengo algo más que decir?
Pues sí.

Esto me pasa por escoger los libros al azar, que termino otorgando premios penosos y haciendo todo un espectáculo.

Pero bueno, lo hecho, hecho está.

No os dejéis engañar por la portada, In too deep no es ningún libro dramático sobre personas con problemas, superación o depresión. No toca ninguna fib
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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,
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, bah
Creo que lo que mas me gustó fué el final......
Alexandra Christo
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it

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 '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 string him u
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
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bz, teen-love, drama, violacion
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.
(view spoiler)
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Reading Teen
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, y-a, library
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
In Too Deep is a very thought provoking, emotional read. It's character driven story line draws you in and keeps you guessing the outcome the whole way through.

Samantha starts off as an easy character to like - but her mistakes quickly make you loathe her but, feel for her at the same time. Her home life isn't prefect so maybe that is why she keeps rationalizing what she has done. In a last ditch effort to make her best friend see her as something other than a friend, she hits on Carter, "manwho
(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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy
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
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ala-2012
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
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for this one. The premise was ok, and while I found a lot of the emotions to be really well expressed, I found a lot of the characters' actions and reasoning very unrealistic. I found myself feeling really frustrated at the way the story went. Also, I automatically bump a star for the f-word, and it was there plenty towards the end.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Amanda Grace never takes the easy way out in her books and I love her for that.

Highly recommended.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The ending was really the worst..
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Pieces of Us
  • Life is But a Dream
  • Try Not to Breathe
  • Breaking Beautiful
  • Thou Shalt Not Road Trip
  • All These Lives
  • Irises
  • Never Eighteen
  • Someone Else's Life
  • Narc
  • The Girls of No Return
  • Counting Backwards
  • Kiss the Morning Star
  • Trafficked
  • Radiate
  • Where It Began
  • Don't Breathe a Word
  • Shooting Stars
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

Amanda Grace is a pseudonym for young adult author Mandy Hubbard (PRADA AND PREJUDICE, YOU WISH). She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her husband and young daughter.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“All I want to do is pretend nothing is wrong and avoid it all, for eternity, but I know I can't.” 3 likes
More quotes…