Book Review: Knee Deep by: Jolene Perry

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Tribute Books

Publish Date: May 1, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: E-book

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Synopsis: 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. 

Review: Jolene Perry has the ability to bring her characters to life in such a way to irrevocably change your perspective. Knee Deep is no exception and it brings to light the ease in which people find themselves in situations they never believed possible and never thought they’d permit. Ronnie is a girl who found her “one”, her “soul mate” when she was very young. Even though they were separated by distance for a few years, when he returned she was happier than she had ever imagined. Except now Shawn isn’t quite the same...

Now it’s Ronnie’s senior year and her new "first to try" is going out for theater and the play is Romeo and Juliet. She becomes the lead understudy for Juliet, while her best friend, Luke, is Romeo.  When the girl originally playing Juliet drops out Ronnie is front and center and as Juliet is falling for Romeo, is Ronnie falling for Luke?

Yet between Ronnie and Shawn, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Shawn’s been working crazy hours with his dad, easily stressed out and angry quite often. Ronnie doesn’t seem to see the truth about Shawn, nor does she want to – she wants her life with him to be perfect. The first time he bruises her shocks her, but he is quick to apologize and be sweeter than sugar to her. However, when the incidents are no longer so isolated and other are starting to wonder at her strange behavior can she do the right thing?

I felt for Ronnie as I’ve known people in her situation. I also know that doing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing to do. Ms. Perry shows readers the affect abuse has on not only the person it’s happening to, but those around them that truly care for and love them. Her words are elegant and stick with you every time, burrowing deep into your heart. I read Knee Deep in one sitting and my emotions ran the gamut. I believe Ms. Perry has the talent and voice to influence generations to come. 

Also by the author: Night Sky, The Next Door Boys

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.

1 comment:

  1. Star, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review! :)


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