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review 2015-01-11 00:00
Criminal
Criminal - Terra Elan McVoy when i started this book, i was thinking that i was looking for something quick and easy to read before i fell asleep, but i actually wound up really loving this book. i loved the diversity and the unique quality that every single character brought to the story, how they were all dynamic and popping off of the pages without needing a lot of backstory or details to make them real. as frustrating as it was, i also loved how endlessly obsessed she was with dee - it wasn't even love, really, it was desperation, infatuation, and obsession swirled into a deadly molotov cocktail that was so, so, so interesting to watch blow up. somehow, there was something relatable in her relentlessness, in how she couldn't give up on him even though she knew it was for the best, how she chose him over all of her friends even though it was incredibly obvious that she shouldn't have. i loved the main character with all of her flaws, physical, mental, and emotional.

this book was as quick and easy as i expected it to be, but it was surprisingly really good too. the only problem that i had with it was that i wanted a hell of a lot more. like, i would read an entire five book series about this girl and her entanglements.
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review 2014-08-01 10:10
3 Stars
In Deep - Terra Elan McVoy

In Deep - Terra Elan McVoy
Published by: Simon Pulse, on 8 July 2014
Genres: ContemporaryYoung Adult
Pages: 304, Format: eARC
Source: ARC Edelweiss
 3 Stars

Swim.
Push.
Breathe.
Swim.

Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends at school. Not the gnawing grief over her fallen hero father. Not the strained relationship with her absent mother and clueless stepdad. In the turquoise water, swimming is an escape and her ticket to somewhere—anywhere—else. And nothing will get in her way of claiming victory.

But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool in a wickedly seductive cat-and-mouse game between herself, her wild best friend, and a hot new college swimmer, Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.

*I received a free ARC of In Deep from Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

 

In Deep is a contemporary YA novel in which the main character is a swimmer. The main storyline depicts friendship and betrayal, as well as obsession with results at all costs.

 

My In Deep review:

In Deep shows just how far someone might be able to go, just to be the best at something. Brynn strives to be the best at everything, apart from school work, and she has a competitive relationship with all of those around her. Swimming is the one big thing in Brynn’s life, or at least that’s what she told me in her story. I, however, got to know a young girl who was out partying quite a lot, who did not really take care of the body she needed to win swim competitions, and who wanted the boy who was looking at one of her friends.

 

I didn’t really enjoy Brynn or the other characters in In Deep, because I found them all the be very superficial and not very nice. The focus also was more on boys and parties than it was on the swimming, which I found really strange after having read the blurb. And when Brynn finally has her epiphany, it is kind of too little, too late for that.

 

The writing is in first person point of view, in present tense. This might be another reason why I had trouble connecting with the story, too. In Deep never managed to make me feel much of anything for Brynn, and so, when things became really difficult for her, I found I didn’t care what would happen to her one way or another.

 

Some of my favorite In Deep quotes:

Instead Grier thought I was funny. Different. She told me once that I’m the only other person who hates people more than she does. And if it works for her, I’m not gong to argue.

 

Tired, yes, but also like my body’s one of those dried-up vanilla beans with the juicy seeds all scraped out too hard.

 

For the last six years, I’ve been pushing so hard to prove how much better I am, how I don’t need anyone else. I’ve been mercilessly hard on myself, because I’ve thought I’m the only person I could count on to be strong. And the whole time, that’s exactly what it’s left me – alone.

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text 2014-06-19 15:31
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
In Deep - Terra Elan McVoy

Brynn is kind of bitchy, but I still like her *grins*

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text 2013-10-28 20:14
Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

This happens to me a lot more often then I would like. I try to keep my expectations low so that I won't be extremely disappointed. But even in those categories there are definitely books which I didn't expect much out of but ended up loving. 

 

 

At first I was kind of excited about Criminal but by the time I got around to reading it, the excitement had faded away and in it's place was a heavy dose of skepticism. I ended up loving it though. And honestly I probably shouldn't have loved it as much as I did but the book was fantastically written. Terra definitely knew what she was doing. 

 

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review 2013-05-21 00:00
Being Friends with Boys
Being Friends with Boys - Terra Elan McVoy 4.5 stars.
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