CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In too deep? That's a question that high school senior Sam asks herself in Amanda Grace's novel, "In Too Deep."
It all started when Sam wanted to make her best friend, Nick, fall in love with her. They go to a party where she plans to make him jealous by going after Carter, the most popular guy at school and the one throwing the party.
When they arrive, Sam heads to the kitchen. She finds the beer and, in an effort to be cool, starts to drink. After a few beers, she wonders off to find Carter.
She sees him headed to his room and follows. When entering, she trips, hits her head and rips her shirt. Carter catches her and laughs at her, asking why she threw herself at him. He says he would never do anything with her because she is too ugly.
She runs out of his room, crying. Someone sees her and asks if she's OK. Sam responds, "No."
That moment will turn out to be the worst of her life.
The next day, while she and Nick are together, he suddenly kisses her. It's the best moment of her life! The guy she has loved since she first laid eyes on him is kissing her!
Everything is great -- until Monday at school. She walks in with Nick, and everyone is staring, but not in a good way. They're whispering, too.
They think Carter raped her.
Sam doesn't tell anyone what really happened, including Nick. She starts receiving threats telling her to tell the truth, but she can't find the courage to stand up and say it.
The only good that has come through the lie is that she has new friends, girls Carter has also hurt. Will Sam ever find the courage to tell them and everybody else the truth?
"In Too Deep" is a great novel about what can and does happen to high school students. It is 100 percent relatable to real life high school situations, and the characters are very relatable, too.
It's a very easy read, and Grace made it easy for me to picture what was going on. I felt like the story was really happening in someone's life.I would recommend "In Too Deep" to middle and high school readers.