In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In Deep. The lead makes it quite difficult to sympathize with her. The decisions she makes as well as the actions she undertakes all make it plain just how lacking in perspective she was. In fact that's the common thread here- how they all are dead on focused on the drama of their own lives. They each give themselves top billing and fail to consider the unfolding of others' stories.
Her father's absence becomes something to prop up who they become. Mother becomes widower only to remake herself into someone else; daughter is decided in becoming anything but her mother. All the while, her bestfriend, her boyfriend, her coach are seeing sides she reserves for each of them separately. But there's a limited honest manner here- she knows who she is to each of them and knows who they are for her. So that once someone new comes in, jealousies flare up and disappointments become common. All the while there's this 'me me me' rythm that she's marching to, bringing her farther and farther away from what's likeable and what's OK.
But it's not her alone. The single minded way of hers was present in all others. She is her father's daughter; but the lack of perspective applies to her friend, as well since, bent on being the better in the pairing. So to with her mother, bent on things being 'OK' even things are so far from that.
This was interesting.
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