Monday 25 June 2012

Book Tour - Knee Deep & Review

Knee Deep Summary

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. 
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Jolene Perry's Bio:
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.

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

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My Review
This is so not my usual read, I think I almost said no to reading it, but something about it pulled me in and I decided to give it a go. This story is basically about abuse and relationships. No light and fluffy chick lit here, this book deals with some pretty heavy stuff.
Ronnie has known Shawn since she was 12 and she knows it's the forever kind of love. Even when Shawn moved away for a year they stayed in touch and made it work, but now he's back and has changed, but Ronnie is determined to make it work. Luke is her other best friend, the one she is comfortable around, but nothing could ever happen with that, could it?
Thist story has the love triangle thing and you know who she will end up with, but you spend most of the book screaming at her to make her choice and dump the other one.
Domestic violence is a very heavy subject and one that can be hard to handle, by Jolene Perry does a very good job of it, she doesn't dumb it down or preach at her  readers, she makes it feel real and hard-hitting, I really felt for Ronnie, I wanted to help her but knew I couldn't do it, and it was great being able to go on the journey with her.
I liked Ronnie as a character, she was shy yet funny and loyal. Slightly mad and hyper when with her friend Mindy who is great fun. Luke is one of those guys that seem too good to be true, he is smart, funny, sensitive, talented and driven and a bit of a knight in shining armor. The one we all want to end up with, the one we hope will have a happy ending.
I read this in about 2 hours, all in one go and it felt really easy to read and the time flew by. Really does hook you in and sweep you up. 
I don't tend to read these sort of books because I usually read to escape reality and so don't want to deal with issues when I read, but this was very well written and it was real and scary, it was handled brilliantly. 
You look at it and think, if that was me I'd just leave him, not put up with that abuse, but Perry really shows the point of how hard it is to walk away, how people make excuses to stay, how they just can't leave the one they love. Hopefully if there is anyone out there dealing with this sort of thing, then this book will help them realise they are not alone and there is hope. 
A good read and well written. Definitely worth a try. 

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1 comment:

Tribute Books said...

Becky, thanks for the review!