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In at the Deep End

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  164 reviews
A deliciously disarming debut novel about a twenty-something Londoner who discovers that she may have been looking for love — and pleasure — in all the wrong places (i.e. from men).

Julia has had enough. Enough of the sex noises her roommate makes. Enough of her dead-end government job. Enough of the one-night stand who accused her of breaking his penis. The only thing she
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published February 21st 2019)
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia, a civil servant in the correspondence department in London, shares a flat with her best friend Alice and her boyfriend Dave. Grumpy from being kept awake most of the night by Alice and Dave’s sex noises her mood is further soured by Alice pointing out that she hasn’t had sex in three years. Determined to change that, Julia sets off on a mission to meet people and bring about some changes in her life. What she doesn’t expect to discover is that she’s perhaps not straight after all. What fo ...more
Julie Parks
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
This is a hilarious book with a somewhat dirty sex description in every chapter. It's like reading a book version of GIRLS.

Beware of the inevitable tears at the end, though!

Thank you NetGalley for this one-night-stand page-turner adventure in exchange for my honest review.
I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and HarperCollins UK.

If I were just judging this book on the first 35%, then it could have been a five stars. Funny, crude and startlingly open, this is a contemporary novel about a young woman named Julia discovering her sexuality (which happens surprisingly quickly) and beginning a life as a queer woman. But then, as you get further through the book, you lose the 'modern Bridget Jones' vibe and it becomes darker, more uncomfortab
Stephen Clynes
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Follow Julia who is 26 years old and is single. She lives in London but has not had sex for 3 years. Julia decides her dry patch has lasted for too long and jumps In at the Deep End to have some fun in her life.

I was really attracted to the cover of this book. It shows two red chilli peppers arranged together to let the reader imagine they were labia. In at the Deep End gets off to a great start from the first paragraph by informing the reader of Julia’s sex life.

The writing style within this b
Stacey (prettybooks)
As of next week, I'm 30 years old, but I rarely read books about marriage, divorce, affairs, mortgages, or having children. I'm still on that millennial bridge between teenager and adult, and enjoy books about young people like me, such as Tiffy and Leon in The Flatshare – people who are still figuring out life, discovering who they are, and working on their career, friendships and relationships, but who never feel like they know what they're doing.

Continue reading this review over on Pretty B
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book, the kind of love where I didn't want it to end and I was walking around with it glued to me. I really went on a journey with Julia, the protagonist, she changed and developed and became such a better character than she started off as.

Quite early on in this book after some slightly awkward encounters with men, Julia decides she may very well be a lesbian and after exploring a bit, she confirms her thinking. I liked that the blurb didn't really give too much away abo
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In at the Deep End is a brilliantly funny and honest read, and a book that not only makes a nice change from the many crime/ thriller novels I read, but also is so great that I will be buying copies for all of my friends.

This novel has lots of situations I can relate to, or I’ve heard discussed by people I know, so for a lot of it I smiled as I read main character Julia's thoughts and experiences, and really identified with her as a late twenties woman.

Julia r
I read a lot of booker prize winners and capital L literature and was looking for something light. This did not disappoint. In fact, I read it in two sittings and absolutely loved it. It's got explicit lesbian sex, it's well written, it takes place in London, it's EXACTLY what I wanted to read without knowing it. While it's an engaging story, it's also sweet and nasty and just an enjoyable read.

Davies really nails complicated relationships.

The only thing I will say about it, is Sam using babes
Funny, filthy and full of heart. A brilliant cast of characters and a really interesting take on the line between love and obsession.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Julia, twenty-six and single, has not had sex in three years, and the sex she had before that was unsatisfactory to say the least. When she decides she’s a lesbian (way too fast), things begin looking up for her. Unfortunately, Sam, her so-called “girlfriend,” is verbally and emotionally abusive and manipulative. What looked like love at first began feeling more joyless and abusive.

The publisher would have us believe that this book is a “fresh, funny, audacious debut novel about a Bridget Jones-
Zoe (readabilitea)
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
Julia hasn't had sex in three years and when she finally does, it's incredibly disappointing sex with a man. At a party, an attractive woman starts talking to her, and so begins a journey of lesbian sexual awakenings.

First of all, don't read this book if you're not interested in reading about sex, and definitely don't read this book if you're not up for some graphic sex scenes. Having said that, for something that can seem incredibly superfluous in a lot of books, the sex scenes in In at the Dee
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I have to admit, I stepped outside my comfort zone with this one. But, that's a good thing! I love learning about new to me authors, and getting to know new writing styles and characters. Kate Davies definitely brought me all of that and more! She knows what to give readers to keep them hooked on the story, from start to finish.

Julia's character was perfectly full of flaws, and watching her "come out" and gain a girlfriend, was definitely a new experience for me. I loved watching her and follow
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
When I say this is steamy I almost feel as though that’s a highly understated word for it. I was interested in more development of the main character and would definitely wished she’d grown more into her lesbian way vs “Oh I’ve had some crummy sex so I think this is just how this is now”. I wanted a more depth ridden character, and I got a bit of a half ran through one. The relationship was so eye opening that you almost cringe because it’s expected it feel like for a “romance” drama to need som ...more
Keelin Rita
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Big thanks to whoever didn't want to read this at my job and Sally for telling me about this wonderful book.

This book had me on page one. I was hooked, interested, and a little scared by how similar the main character and I were haha. There are real people in these pages and So Many Women. Kind women, mean women, manipulative, passionate, flawed, scared, brave, desperate, struggling women. That alone should be exciting, but the fact that this is a F/F romance surrounded in a F/F culture,
Cherise Wolas
Julia, 26, determines she's a lesbian and embarks on that road. It was refreshing that this novel wasn't about the often difficult process of coming out to friends and family, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first 106 pages, which were funny and sweet. I learned quite a lot about lesbian sex and fisting and dildos and SM and open relationships and the like and yet the no-holds barred approach leeched away any of its eroticism. Perhaps this is a lesbian Bridget Jones, but it didn't work that way for ...more
Victoria Bird
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Julia has been celibate for three years and when the dry spell breaks, it isn’t anything to write home about, to put it mildly. And it isn’t just her sex life that’s lacking. No longer able to pursue her dream of dancing professionally, she’s stuck in a dead-end job. When she meets Sam, Julia is in at the deep end as a new lesbian – introduced to a world of gay bars, BDSM and polyamory.

I read somewhere that Kate Davies set out to write a version of ‘Girls’ for lesbians, and I think she’s realise
Rachel Noding
Really not what I was expecting, I must be honest from the start! This is a book that everyone is raving about in my online book group, so when it was 99p, I thought I would give it a go. The writing style is great and flows well, and the first half of the book I really enjoyed (be warned, it is very ahem, GRAPHIC!) Julia as a central character was loveable and I really warmed to her. However as the book continued, I began to feel very uncomfortable reading about Julia's clearly abusive relation ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for sending an ARC of this to my work! :)

This book is so much fun! ...until it's not. Yiiiikes that ending drama was nasty.

I want to call this a rom-com book but it really isn't due to the subject matter. We follow Julia who starts out as a bisexual woman going through a sexual dry spell and quickly becomes a lesbian sex savant with an emotionally damaged (view spoiler)girlfriend. This book tackles the dark topic of domestic abuse. But Julia's voice i
Philippa Mckenna
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After living for 3 years without sex, Julia discovers she's a lesbian, and takes us on a thoroughly riotous romp through her new found, sexually liberated life. This book is so graphic, it actually shocked me. And I'm generally unshockable! It would not do for prudes, but me? I loved it. Whilst there is also a deeper, darker under tone to this story, as book touches on abuse within a same sex relationship, the vast majority of it is utterly hilarious. In fact, I embarrassed myself several times ...more
Sarah - kindofinsanity
I almost DNF'ed it three or fourth times. I don't know why I kept going but I guess I wanted to know how it ended.
That's a shame though because the beginning of the story was really cute and funny. The first half was great actually. The end was better than expected. But the rest, ugh.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
A frank and entertaining coming of age story with lots of interesting plot points - sexual awakening (primarily this), career twists and turns, friendships, marriage, family, mortality, learning to remake your life after disappointment. I could relate to a great deal of it. Fabulous characterisation, a little disturbing in places (SM, etc! Not my scene!) but overall very well written and hugely enjoyable.

With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a kindle ARC.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what would happen if Bridget Jones meets the cast of the L Word and then goes to a S&M club. It was well written and engaging. The characters are funny and interesting. While there were lots of sex scenes (as the protagonist goes through a sexual awakening) they were not terribly graphic which I appreciated. It was interesting watching the heroine go off the deep end into a world that she wasn't totally comfortable with in order to please her girlfriend. A relevant narrative abo ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
It was pant-wettingly funny so beware that if you’re reading it on public transport you’ll get some strange looks. (Plus, anyone who may be reading over your shoulder might see something they’re not expecting!)
In at The Deep End focuses on Julia as embarks upon a sexual awakening that is told through her first person narrative in a believable, funny and incredibly detailed way. There are sex scenes galore as she explores her new way of life, and a new relationship.
It soon beco
Crystal Blake
I stumbled across The Pigeonhole (If you haven't heard of it, there are a selection of books available, with a limited number of slots for each. The book is released in Staves over a period of time, but feel free to check it out for yourself here - In At The Deep End was my first request, I was looking for something to read to distract me from half term and the bright coloured cover caught my eye. Disclaimer here, I didn't really pay much attention to
Ritu Bhathal
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I requested this book, but I have to say I was intrigued... I did have to read it in small spurts rather than in one or two sittings, as some areas were rather graphic!
I certainly have more of an idea about particular erotic activities now!
And I definitely had to be careful that my child wasn't trying to read over my shoulder!
A sometimes funny, sometimes uncomfortable read, but a page-turner, nonetheless!
Lindsay Cole
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and touching and smart and god damn delightful. These characters felt so real.
Rachael Eyre
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Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! Hilarious, deep, dark and heartfelt. This book has stayed with me and I cannot wait to press it into the hands of all my friends (and enemies, seriously, everyone in my life must read this one).
After reading the first chapter I thought for sure I’d be recommending this book to my friend. Julia’s thoughts as a narrator resonated closely with my own, and her wry insights were often coupled with a clever sense of humor. However, after about the first 40 pages, the dynamic began to shift in a way that made me feel increasingly uncomfortable. I still read through this book rather quickly; the humor never faded and the writing itself is very transparent, so we are able to gauge Julia’s true ...more
Tea Leaves and Reads
Two stars for the humour - the rest - well... I don't really have words. This book was hilarious at points, but other times it was just cringeworthy and hard to process. Apparently every woman should own a copy of this book - not sure I get why really. It's not mind-blowingly amazing or anything like that. It's cute (at points) and crude (at many other points). It's honest - possibly too open at times - but if you like that kind of thing then you'll enjoy this. Easily offended? Not for you.

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Kate Davies was born and brought up in north-west London. She studied English at Oxford University before becoming a writer and editor of children’s books. She also writes comedy scripts, and had a short-lived career as a burlesque dancer that ended when she was booed off stage at a Conservative club, dressed as a bingo ball. Kate lives in east London with her wife. In at the Deep End is her debut ...more