Series: Going Under (book #1)
Author: Georgia Cates
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?
I know I have been saying this a lot lately, but holy cow... I'll refrain from saying "wow," but I think you get my drift. I haven't read a whole lot of books that fall into the new-ish "new adult" category before picking up Going Under. Its not that I've been avoiding them, per say. I think I have just been putting them off until I found one that grabbed my interest right from the start. Honestly, I have wanted to read this book the moment I read the synopsis on Amazon.
Going Under is the story of two high school seniors, Jessie Boone and Claire Deveraux. Their attraction started almost immediately. They see each other from across the football field and they are hooked. She was the girlfriend of his nemisis and he was the new bad boy. Talk about opposites attract, right? Not so quick... Jessie and Claire quickly realize that they have more in common than they thought. This is one reason why I liked the book so much. Both Jessie and Claire are characters with a lot of depth. Read a little bit into the character and you realize that Claire isn't just the popular girl with the perfect parents. It made me root for them as a couple a little bit more.
Another reason I liked Going Under was the dialog. Brace yourself, I am about to bring out my inner teenager... OMG! Ok, back to me! The amount of one-liners that Payton (Claire's BFF) sent flying had me crying. I would have loved to have a friend like Payton when I was in high school. Hell, I'd kill to have a boyfriend like Jessie. :) Back to the one-liners... L-O-V-E-D them. Especially the ones that were aimed at Gretchen. Going Under was well written in other aspects as well. I loved the sweet dialog between Jessie and Claire when he is persuing her. It added volumes to the chemistry between them.
The ending is the little abrupt, but if you go to her website, the author posted a new chapter that helps to explain what happened in the original last chapter in the book and sets up for the epiloge. I'm probably the only one that'll say this, but I almost liked the original ending better without the additional chapter. Strange, I know. The original ending had me on the verge of tears until I started the epilogue. By then, the ending is fairly obvious. Whether you liked the original ending chapter or the new chapter, the book ends well either way.