Author: Robin York
First published January 28, 2014
370 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780804177016 (ISBN10: 0804177015)
In Robin York’s captivating novel, a college student’s life is turned upside down when a video of her private moment is leaked online. Caroline Piasecki’s reputation is ruined and her future is in jeopardy.
She tries to erase the video, but it seems like a lost cause. Then West Leavitt, a guy she barely knows, comes to her rescue and punches her ex-boyfriend.
Despite her father’s warning to stay away from West, she finds herself drawn to his charm and confidence. They start spending late nights together, talking and listening to each other.
They try to convince themselves that they are just friends, but their feelings grow stronger with each passing day. Caroline struggles to discover what she wants for herself and finds the courage to fight against the judgmental people who tried to bring her down.
When everything seems hopeless, Caroline and West realize that the only way to move forward is to go deeper.
About the Author
Robin York’s upbringing was surrounded by academia, attending college herself and even continuing her education further. Eventually, she tied the knot with a university professor.
It wasn’t until later that she realized she should have been writing New Adult all along. Under the pen name Ruthie Knox, she has achieved great success as a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance novels.
Two of her works, About Last Night and Room at the Inn, were even finalists for the prestigious RITA award. When she’s not writing, Robin takes on the role of a mother and enjoys creating delicious salted caramels.
She also uses her outdoor hobbies, such as running, hiking, and biking, to help her work through difficult plot points.
Deeper, by Robin York, is a contemporary romance novel that explores the complexities of relationships, societal expectations, and personal growth. York is a bestselling author known for her ability to capture the raw emotions of her characters and create heartfelt narratives that resonate with readers.
Published on January 28, 2014, Deeper follows the lives of Caroline and West, two college students from different worlds who find solace and love in each other’s company. At the heart of the novel is the exploration of the societal expectations and restrictions that Caroline and West must confront.
Caroline comes from a privileged background and is expected to follow a certain path in life, whereas West struggles to make ends meet and is haunted by his past. As their relationship deepens, Caroline and West must navigate these challenges and learn to embrace their differences.
The novel is set in the college town of Putnam, where Caroline and West attend school, and the author masterfully captures the essence of the college experience, from the parties and pranks to the academic pressure and self-discovery. York’s writing style is captivating and immersive, drawing readers in with vivid descriptions and relatable characters.
She skillfully weaves complex themes of class, identity, and redemption throughout the novel. The pacing is well-balanced, giving readers time to connect with the characters while also keeping the story moving forward.
The character development is particularly strong, as Caroline and West both grow and evolve over the course of the novel. However, the novel does have some flaws.
The secondary characters are not as well-developed as the main characters, and the plot can be predictable at times. Additionally, some readers may find the romance at the center of the novel to be overly sentimental.
Despite these limitations, Deeper is an excellent read for fans of contemporary romance and coming-of-age stories. It offers a unique perspective on issues of class and identity and provides an authentic portrayal of the college experience.
The novel would be particularly relevant for young adult readers who are grappling with similar issues. Overall, Deeper is a well-crafted novel that will leave readers feeling both delighted and reflective.
We give it a score of 4 out of 5 stars.