Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.
Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.
Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.
Knee Deepis an amazing, captivating and heartbreaking in one fell swoop. The emotions touched on in this story are gut-wrenching and will have you hooked from the get-go. I was more than surprised at how well this story is told.
Ronnie Bird has been in love with Shawn forever, since they were both pre-teens. Shawn shares the same sentiment even when he has to move away from Ronnie for a bit. He calls and writes and when he visits, he kisses her.
Ronnie was sure he was her forever.
While he was gone, Ronnie and Luke grew closer. Luke and Shawn were friends before he left, but become Ronnie’s rock. When Shawn came back, things were different for Ronnie and Shawn and Ronnie simply chalked it up to stress. Shawn’s parents are fighting a lot, business isn’t going so well and Shawn has to work a lot.
Ronnie and her best friend, Mindy, keep a notebook of “first” and each year add to it. When Ronnie decides to try-out for Romeo & Juliet at school, Shawn isn’t too happy, especially when the lead Juliet has to back out and Ronnie as the understudy steps in. Romeo is being played by Luke and Shawn has a problem with this.
Things are tense between Shawn and Ronnie and Luke notices this. He starts to notice bruises on her arms and knows they are from Shawn. When he threatens to tell her parents, Ronnie promises that it was a one-time thing and asks Luke to please keep her secret.
The only problem with that is Luke’s in love with Ronnie and has been trying to tell her for awhile now. He starts to make his feelings clear during the production of Romeo & Juliet and to his surprise; Ronnie shares his feelings, even if she’s not willing to admit it for fear of hurting Shawn.
After another incident with Shawn, Ronnie turns to her dad and spills everything and her dad comes to her rescue.
Girls listen up . . . when your daddy tells you he will hurt any boy / man who hurts his daughter, he’s not joking.
In Knee Deep, Ronnie’s dad is my hero! He does what every dad has sworn to do. Ronnie is now faced with the consequences of keeping Shawn’s aggression a secret and does what she feels best, even if it’s too late to tell Luke just how much she’s in love with him.
Knee Deep doesn’t mess around with emotions or social issues. It brings light to a very serious issue among teens and encourages girls to speak to their parents. Bravo to Jolene Perry for taking this challenge.