Title: Going Under
Author: Georgia Cates
Date of Publication: March 10th, 2012
Jesse 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 but his determination to leave it behind is fervent. He sees an opportunity to snag a college football scholarship when he’s transferred to East Franklin High School but Forbes Henderson has other plans. The player Jesse intends to replace doesn’t plan on giving up his spot as starting quarterback so a rivalry is born. Jesse is determined to show his nemesis that he’s not only going to take his position as first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at its best. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and unaware she just became Jesse Boone’s conquest to settle a score with her boyfriend. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jesse Boone. She fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises of rocking her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jesse, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jesse learn that the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?
I could tell from the first page that the book would be an addicting read, and it was, but the content was a mess. Jesse starts a new school, and he becomes the new quarterback of the football team. The old quarterback, Forbes, messes with Jesse. He decides to try and get with his girlfriend to get back at Forbes.
First off I thought it was ridiculous that Jesse is rude to Claire for absolutely no reason in the beginning, and then I found it even more ridiculous that Claire takes forever to break up with Forbes when she is into Jesse. She doesn’t even care about Forbes, who by the way is a jerk, but she is still technically cheating on him. I wasn’t cool with that.
Now the parts of the book that really bothered me was the slut shaming. It wasn’t just Claire that was doing it, but even Jesse. By the way if Claire hadn’t existed, I am sure he would have had no problem sleeping with this so-called slutty girl.
The writing was good, but the dialogue was a little on the cheesy side, and the I love you stuff came way too fast. The romance between Jesse and Claire was still really cute, but Jesse should have been honest from the beginning and not tried to do the whole ignore the other person thing like all these new adult books seem to do. Also what was up with the “My Princess” stuff? It reminded me of “My Precious” from Lord of the Rings. Going Under is a quick and light read if you are looking for something not too thought provoking.
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