Saturday, April 7, 2012
Review of Going Under by Georgia Cates
On behalf of Bewitching Book Tours, I'm happy to present my review of Going Under by Georgia Cates:
A laugh out loud story of high school drama rotating from the perspective of a bad boy down on his luck to a dreamy princess who’s got everything going for her.
My favorite line (which drew me into caring for Jessie): “I had spent my entire life raising my hand to tell someone I didn’t have the things I needed and here I stood, 18 years old, still doing the same thing.”
Jessie has an old Jalopy, no money, and a backpack full of his grandmother’s dope. He needs a football scholarship to get out of poverty and his grandmother’s stinking, dilapidated trailer. Since he was forced to switch schools, he has to steal the reigning quarterback’s position, and it just so happens Jessie wants his girlfriend, too.
Claire lives in a protective cocoon where the only problem she has is an arrogant boyfriend and a dent in her fender. Her world is turned upside down when a new bad bay with alluring tattoos transfers to her school. He’s out for her boyfriend’s quarterback position, and he’s also out for her.
Going Under has witty dialog, real characters, and all the classic stereotypes of high school drama along with the silly mind games that teens play. I loved it. I enjoyed reading both viewpoints of the boy and the girl. It was fun to go back and forth between the two voices and see how different life is on the other side of the tracks.
I was especially drawn to Jessie, who grew up without decent parental figures or a stable home environment. For all his bad boyness, he has a big heart. I really identified with how people stereotyped Claire and thought everything was handed down to her, when she’d really worked hard to earn her valedictorian status. Great characters, great chemistry, and a lot of fireworks!
About the author:
I reside in rural Mississippi with my wonderful husband, Jeff, and our two beautiful daughters.
I spent thirteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an author.
Blood of Anteros, Book One in The Vampire Agápe Series, was my first novel and it was released in September 2011.
I decided to step away from the paranormal genre to try my hand at a young adult romance and I loved it. It was so much fun, I plan to do it again in the near future.