Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
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To all the silent victims of emotional abuse,
You are not broken. You are not damaged. You are worthy. You are beautiful. You are a survivor. There is a beautiful heart out there with your name written on it. Someone exists who will wrap you in a kind of love you never knew existed. You must free yourself from what holds you down so your heart can accept the unconditional love you deserve. You ARE worthy of that kind of LOVE.
What a beautiful dedication, right? It is so true and I don’t think there could have been a better one for this story. In Too Deep tells of college student Gracie, her emotionally abusive boyfriend Noah, and her best friend Jake. Emotional abuse is just as damaging to the soul as physical abuse is to the body. If not more so. Yet a significant amount of people still don’t recognise it as a form of abuse, so I am so glad that it has been highlighted in this novel.
When Gracie first met Noah she fell for his bad boy charm and I don’t blame her! He even had me swooning when she replayed their past, but everyone knows I love a bad boy. Only, there is a fine line between sexy bad boy and horrible bad boy, and Noah definitely crossed that line! He was awful! Truly and positively awful, and yet Gracie forgave him, and took him back every time! The guy did some seriously shady things and was at times incredibly nasty to her but as soon as he said he would try to be better, she made excuses for him and acted like nothing had happened.
The first half of the book Gracie cried. A lot. Which considering what she was going through with Noah was completely understandable, but she cried CONSTANTLY and I’m not gonna lie, it really irritated me! I just wanted to tell her to snap out of it because he was definitely not worth it but if she had done that too early on then the whole book would have been kind of pointless and unrealistic because let’s face it, victims of abuse often find themselves in a pattern that they just can’t break. Gracie said he was her addiction and I think that’s how a lot of sufferers feel.
Then we have Jake. From beginning to end, I swooned all over him! From the very start you could tell there was a connection between the best friends and I was hoping with all my heart that Jake would take Gracie away from Noah. He was everything that Noah wasn’t. Hell, he was everything that every guy SHOULD be. He was sexy, caring, had a heart of gold and he would hold Gracie time after time as she cried in his arms. He was just perfect!
Some of the stuff that Noah did, I honestly couldn’t believe it!! He was a little crazy and I would have been so scared to be around him because he seemed so unpredictable. But her knight in shining armour was there for her. There’s a part in the book about soul mates. It completely melted my heart and I fell even further in love with Jake than I was before. For me, the focus on soul mates absolutely made the book. It was just perfect and I really hope that people who read this book hold on to tthat message. There IS something better out there for you. There IS someone out there waiting for you. You just have to have the strength to believe. And after this book, I know I do.