Going Under – S. Walden

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Author: S. Walden

Rating: 3/5

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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.


Going Under isn’t the type of book I’d normally read. There’s rape and suicide, and those are strong issues. But, I decided to read it anyway since I am trying to read more New Adult. I didn’t enjoy it, and was prepapred to give it a 2 star rating and give up entirely on it, but after I had read most of it, I decided to just finish it.

I hated Brooke. From the first page she came across as one of those self-centered, egotistical “The world revolves around MEEEEEEEEEE!” girls. From the first page, she’s talking about how much of a fashionista she is (what fashionista doesn’t own a pair of heels?) and is more concerned about her outfit than the fact she is attending her best friend’s funeral. Then she bumps into a hot guy and suddenly, best friends death is yesterdays news and she wants to bone this hottie. Then she goes and starts screaming what a slut she is and makes a big scene that makes this all about her. Of course.

Brooke constantly gets sidetracked from the mission she has set herself about infiltrating the FSL by her own desires of wanting to bone funeral guy, and wanting her best friends rapist to rape her, just so she could feel better about herself. I hated Brooke, never cared for Ryan or any of the other characters, but the plot was realistic, in a sense. It was disturbing and often made you want to cringe, but well-executed.

One thing that bugged me near the end in either chapter 19 or chapter 20 was the fact that Brooke knew Cal was a rapist. She knew they used drugs to subdue their victims… yet she lets Cal get her a drink? That is like a big time rule for girls everywhere. If you don’t see the drink made, or if the cap has been opened, DON’T DRINK IT. I thought that was really kind of stupid on her part. Then the last chapter takes place six months later and then epilogue jumps a couple of years and was severely unneeded that I didn’t even bother reading it.

I didn’t really get the hype for this book. The characters are one-dimensional at best. You could just read the first four chapters then the last four and leave out all the in-between and basically cover the entire story. The entire middle half of the book was Brooke going around being annoying.

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