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In at the Deep End

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  215 reviews
A fresh, funny, audacious debut novel about a Bridget Jones–like twenty-something who discovers that she may have simply been looking for love — and, ahem, pleasure — in all the wrong places (aka: from men)
Kindle Edition, 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
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-won
I don't know why but when I began reading In at the deep end, I had the Johnny Lee song running through my head "Looking for love in all the wrong places" In this book, twenty something Julia is living with her roommate and her roommate's boyfriend. Hearing them have sex, reminds Julia that she is alone and hasn't had sex in three years and the last time she did it wasn't all that great. She is just going through the motions. During the day she works a civil service job answering correspondence. ...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
IN AT THE DEEP END is Kate Davies’s debut novel, following Julia, an anxious 20-something in London in an aimless job, as she learns she’s queer and starts exploring lesbian dating scene. For the most part, it was so bad it’s good - it’s definitely a “beach read,” it wasn’t very deep & it didn’t have to be. I sped through this book. Julia is snarky & funny, makes some bad decisions, and I cared enough about her to keep reading.

Maybe this is a spoiler (it’s also alluded to in the blurb),
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
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a cross between Kinflicks and Fear of Flying, this wickedly witty and unflinchingly raunchy novel is both eye-opening and eye-watering regarding the sexually-explicit exploits of its female protagonist. If you are too young to have read the above titles, think ‘Fleabag’ rather than ‘Bridget Jones’ and you will get the right idea...

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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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
In At the Deep End is about Julia, a twenty something sexually frustrated woman living in London. She lives with her friend, Alice and Alice’s boyfriend, Dave. Julia experiments with sex with a girl and realizes she is actually a lesbian. She enters a relationship with Sam, a dominant who wants an open relationship with BDSM qualities. The book examines ideas of what it means to be gay, to be a feminist, what abusive relationships actually look like. There is a lot you can unpack from what is wr ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

A fresh, funny, audacious debut novel about a Bridget Jones-like twenty-something who discovers that she may have simply been looking for love — and, ahem, pleasure — in all the wrong places (aka: from men)

Julia hasn’t had sex in three years. Her roommate has a boyfriend—and their sex noises
Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
Let's start Pride month right, shall we?

Julia, a Londoner, seeks lust and satisfying sex after annoying dry spells plague her. However,  she's not getting her needs from men. After a night with a woman, she discovers she's a lesbian.

However, after meeting another woman, Sam, she falls into the deep end of a maddening relationship that challenges her prior self and the role she wishes to take in her future endeavors.

What follows is a coming of age tale about a woman discovering good sex in all th
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was so funny and painful at the same time. it felt like watching a movie, it really pulled me into the story very well.
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.
Interesting read, glad that the MC grow and discover herself in the end!
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-
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In at the Deep End is equal parts hilarious, frank, poignant, raunchy, and cringeworthy. This romantic comedy billed as a, Bridget Jones for queer millennials, read as more of a dramedy for me. I can absolutely see and agree with the Bridget Jones comparison for some aspects of the book. Julia’s first person voice is pretty perfect–she’s funny and sardonic and incredibly self aware. Passing time as a contractor in a dead end position, with a quirky group of coworkers and a boss that’s not always ...more
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)
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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,
Alysa Morley
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. I learned more about lesbian culture and sex than I ever imagined while reading this book. I felt like I was on a journey along with Julia, and I appreciated the exploration of the good AND difficult parts of coming out to friends and family. I love that it was extremely sex positive and inclusive. (It didn't just include lesbians.) The writing style was also so very British and entertaining, and there were several times throughout reading this book that I laughed to myself.

However, there
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance the cover had my attention but wait until you get into the pages!

Based in London, Julia is a woman in her twenties feeling down on her luck. She’s not happy in her job, her love life, and doesn’t seem to be thrilled about her life in general that is until one night she goes to a party with her friend and roommate and locks eyes with what she is yet to realize will soon become a game changer for her.

In at the deep end, was engagingly funny for me. The authors writing style made
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
K.S. Lewis
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those seemingly heartfelt stories that girls of their youth (in high school, graduating high school, or beginning their adult journey) need to read at some point. This book has a resonating factor that allows for its readers to connect to the story and know they're not alone. Trust me, adulting is not all it's cracked up to be. Discovering yourself in your early twenties is the most stressful time, but still the most enjoyable, so there's no need to stress unnecessarily. The relea ...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
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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