Series: Caroline and West #1
Author: Robin York
Publication Date:6 March 2014
Source: Review Copy
Deeper by Robin York is published by Piatkus on 6th March 2014, £8.99
Synopsis from Goodreads
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear; hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defence and punches her ex to the ground.
West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger – even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.
They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re ‘just friends,’ their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself – and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.
When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
This book left me speechless, with knots in my stomach and my heart in my mouth. Harder come not be published fast enough. There is so much going on in Deeper that it is hard to form coherent thoughts in a chronological order rather than jumping from one thing to another.
Caroline and West have an instant attraction from the moment they meet. However, Caroline is already in a relationship while West, recognising the social differences between them does everything to keep Caroline at a distance. West has had a very hard life and done everything in his power to provide for his younger sister. He is her parental figure and he loves her unconditionally, accepting his role in her life with only the smallest thoughts for himself. I adore him, he is so much more than his upbringing but tends to close himself off due to his responsibilities. He is simultaneously loving, caring, unbelievably tender and sweet while simultaneously having one of the dirtiest mouths known to man All the way through the book I kept thinking Caroline and West were like a modern Romeo and Juliet but a lot more raunchy
It takes Caroline a year to realise that Nate is not what she wants, although West isn’t in the picture she no longer feels rights staying with Nate. Someone she trusted and blindly followed. As an outside observer it was easy to see how much Nate manipulated her and used her naivety against her. As retaliation for breaking up with him he posts intimate pictures of her online. For Caroline and the reader alongside her it felt like an emotional violation. The portrayal of the reaction to the pictures both by Caroline and the general public was brutally honest and realistic. At first Caroline withdraws, she suffers from guilt and anxiety; made to feel as if she is to blame for this turn of events. For me the worse thing was that her personal details were broadcast alongside the pictures allowing all sorts of depraved people access to her address and email. You can feel her terror at the possibility of people tracking her down, especially with the threats she gets. My heart went out to her, she suffered from trusting the wrong person.
West provides a safe haven and comfort (not in a physical way) through Caroline’s torment. Her character development through the book is amazing to watch. Finding her inner strength and true friendship shines through the narrative.
Real life is messy and emotional, Caroline and West face greater challenges than most. Deeper is moving, heart-wrenching and most definitely hot while tackling the ever increasing issue of revenge porn