Review: Deeper (Caroline & West #1) by Robin York

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I’ve mentioned in one of my post a while back that I will be posting some of my old reviews here from time to time, and this book seems like the perfect candidate. Robin York, as you know, also writes under the name Ruthie Knox. She writes incredibly smart, quirky, & funny adult contemporary romance. Deeper is her first foray into New Adult, and boy, was I glad she tried her hand on this sub-genre.

Deeper is book one of her series, Caroline & West. It’s a deeply moving book about a young ambitious woman who’s life is upended when her ex-boyfriend uploaded sexually explicit photos of her. It’s part romance, part coming of age. Loved this book. I hope you enjoy reading the review, and maybe, just maybe you might also enjoy reading the book as well. 

Deeper or nothing.

It doesn’t seem fair to label this book as NA because to me, it felt way more than that. At first glance, it looks like any other NA book out there. Good girl heroine falling for the guy that’s all wrong for her. But when you get to the center of it, the story just pulls in and it’s all kinds of amazing.

Caroline Piasecki has her life planned out. She’ll go to law school, get an internship, practice law and become a judge. Everything is right on schedule until her ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos of her on the web. Suddenly, Caroline became that girl.

West Leavitt also has a plan. Finish college, enter med school, become a doctor. He’s doing all of it to save his family out of poverty. West and Caroline were never close, although they live across the hall from each other, until that day when West stood for Caroline and beat up her ex-boyfriend.

Live.Breathe.Fight.Be who you are.Be better.Be fierce.

This book hit all the right notes for me. It’s tender, angsty and thought-provoking. It went beyond the usual cliche that plague the NA genre. This book actually made me think.

My heart bled for Caroline and what she went through. And it wasn’t just because of the humiliation that she suffered, it was the fact that the whole thing changed everything for her. She was suddenly questioning every decision she’s ever made.

West was a wonderful character. He works three jobs, sells pot and uses sex in exchange for favors but he’s doing all of it because of his family. Everything he’s done wasn’t for him.

I cried when I read about what he’s done for his little sister was born. Knowing that his little sister was sleeping too much because she was starving. OMG! I cried during one of his inner monologue when he talked about not being able to get food for them, asking for secondhand onesies, looking out for places who’s giving out free formulas. Shit! That made me sob my eyes out. Although, some of his activities were morally objectionable, you can’t help but still root for him because you know why he’s doing it.

I loved how Caroline and West’s relationship developed throughout the book. While they were clearly attracted to each from the very beginning, they didn’t act on those attraction. It took them quite a long time to kiss but when it finally did…

I appreciated the slow burn in their relationship. The fact that the author took the time to actually build the characters instead of just throwing one plot device after another was refreshing. You get to know both Caroline and West and journey with them. The slow burn suited me just fine.

There, in the bakery, while the rest of the world was sleeping, time buckled and we found something outside of it. We became us in that kitchen. Long before he kissed me, I passed a whole lifetime of West, bathed in yellow light, baptized in lukewarm tap water, consecrated at sunrise when we broke a loaf open and looked.

The writing is just phenomenal. Robin York can make you feel all kinds of emotions by just a word. It’s very nuanced in a way that’s rarely seen in this genre. I appreciated that this book didn’t rely so much on plot device as it did on solid characterization. It was the perfect book for me.

Now, I have to warn you that this book ends on a cliffhanger. As much as I hate cliffhangers, this one isn’t really that bad and it’s actually necessary. It’s necessary in a sense that there are things that both have to deal with. I, for one, am looking forward to Harder.


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