Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.
Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.
(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)
I read Going Under within 3 days and did not want to put it down. It is a story about a young woman working through her guilt and trying to stay out of trouble her senior year in high school. This is NOT a Young Adult read. Due to some explicit scenes and subject matter it is an 18 yr or older read.
I actually picked up the book at the last signing I was at when I had the opportunity to meet S. Walden, the author.
I knew I enjoyed her writing from 2 previous books (Good & Better), so I read the book without even reading what it was about. It is a book about so many things, Love, Thriller, Redemption, Forgiveness and Guilt. Brooke, the main character, thinks she can redeem herself by going after some seniors that did something to a best friend of hers. She wants to use herself as bait but after digging further into the situation she finds that her idea is NOT a good idea. She is haunted by her past of betraying her good friend and wants to make things right. Along her path she meets a very mysterious beautiful guy named Ryan. The scenes with Brooke and Ryan are so “hot” and it is before they even have sex.
I love how the story was so well versed with the characters in how the author only told us what we need to know about the secondary characters but kept us focused on the narrator of the story, Brooke.
I am also glad the book is a stand alone and wraps up nicely. The book is NOT a “fairy tale” book. Something awful does happen, but in the end the book shows us that WE are HUMAN and that sometimes it can take us awhile to come around BUT that it IS POSSIBLE to do.
I can’t say that there was really anything I didn’t like about the book – I honestly can’t say that this book is for everyone, because of the subject matter – but I truly feel that it is a potential REAL problem and I like how the author wrote about it and finished it!
I look forward to reading more by S. Walden
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