Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance)Published: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
The Blurb: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.
My Review:Knee Deep showed the progression of an abusive relationship. The story showed the transformation of Ronnie's thought process as she fell into the pattern of an abused woman including blaming herself and rationalizing his behavior. The phrase always says, "You either marry it or become it" when raised in an abusive home. Shawn is a perfect example of one who "becomes it". He follows the abuse cycle with his abusive behavior followed by the honey moon period then back to abuse again while gradually getting worse each time around. An outsider looking in never understands how a person can get caught up in a situation like this, but it's a gradual process involving shame, fear, and brainwashing. It doesn't just happen over night. I think this is a wonderful book for young people and maybe even not so young people to read. This isn't an easy topic to write about it, but the author gives us a heart breaking and uplifting story filled with hope.
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I received Knee Deep by Jolene B. Perry from the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.