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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Going Under Blog Tour. Today, check out AimeeJo’s review of Going Under, a YA novel with a not-so-happy romance. In addition, the author is giving away eBooks, Swag and Signed Print Copies throughout the tour. So make sure you follow along for your chance to win! And as always, don’t forget to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.
- Title: Going Under (Going Under, #1)
- Author: Georgia Cates
- BN ID: 2940014304603
- ASIN: B007J7FTZI
- Publication date: 3/10/2012
- Review Source: Blog Tour
- Find It: Goodreads/ Amazon/ B & N
Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?
My Thoughts on Going Under:
This isn’t your normal, happy go lucky YA romance. It has real issues. Issues that are probably more common than we expect. I felt for Jessie and his situation. I think Jessie got the short end of the stick, but I was glad he wasn’t portrayed as a total bad boy either. He made the most of his situation and made plans to get out of his rotten start to life, but he never let himself hit rock bottom either.
While it dealt with realistic issues, it wasn’t as original as I had hoped it would be. I know, I know, it’s hard when everything has been written already, but unfortunately it doesn’t stand out or outshine others similar to it. The only exception, was how Jessie dealt with his misfortune. I’m glad he was strong enough to stand on his own two feet. For me, this was what kept me reading through to the end. The hope I had that Jessie would find his way out.
My only wish for this book would be for Claire. I wanted to her be something more than she was. I struggled to connect with her. Mostly what I got out of the book was that she was a teenager bored with her life. So Jessie was there to spice up her life, only to accidentally fall for him in the process.
I rarely comment on the style of which a book is written, but I liked the way the author set up her novel. There are clear indications when the character view changes between Jessie and Claire. I really appreciate how she didn’t switch it up every few paragraphs, but instead, each chapter was alternating between the two. It made it clear who we were following at the moment and never left the reader confused on a sudden switch.
3 out of 5 Controllers
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