Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher: Tribute
Date of publication: May 2012

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight every day, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He's the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she's playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.

I really enjoyed Knee Deep.  I was able to pretty much read it in one sitting.  I really think it will be a great read for any YA reader, especially the girls.  Ronnie has been in love with Shawn since she was fourteen.  But as they get older, their relationship turns violent.    Stress and alcohol play a huge part in Shawn becoming violent.  Ronnie does what many victims of boyfriend or spousal abuse do, they hide it and believe that the abuser can change.  The book also showed what can happen when parents don't pay enough attention to their kids.  They miss when something really bad is happening to them.  I was angry at Ronnie's parents for not noticing things were seriously wrong.  Even her friends suspect, but don't intervene right away.  

I loved Luke.  He has loved Ronnie forever, but has instead played the best friend in order for Ronnie to be happy. I applauded his decision in the end to give her time.  I think that was important and would ultimately make their relationship stronger in the end.  Ronnie also struggles with her decision of "going all the way".  I was happy that she listened to her gut and realized she wasn't ready.  She didn't give into peer pressure.

Knee Deep is well written and very honest.  I definitely recommend picking this one up!

About the author:

Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of Night Sky and The Next Door Boys.

ISBN: 9780983741886
ISBN: 9781476060316
Pages: 240
Release: May 1, 2012

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Sarah said...

This sounds really good. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm definitely going to check it out now :)

That Bookish Girl

Tribute Books said...

Kari, thanks for the review!