In Deep By Terra Elan McVoy

I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.

In Deep By Terra Elan McVoyIn Deep by Terra Elan McVoy
Published by Simon & Schuster on July 8, 2014
Genres: Young Adult

Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends at school. Not the gnawing grief over her fallen hero father. Not the strained relationship with her absent mother and clueless stepdad. In the turquoise water, swimming is an escape and her ticket to somewhere—anywhere—else. And nothing will get in her way of claiming victory. But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool in a wickedly seductive cat-and-mouse game between herself, her wild best friend, and a hot new college swimmer, Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.



As the book progresses, you see her need to complete for everything start to erode  friendships and romantic relationships.  More interesting was that the people in her life, up to a certain point, were easily dissuaded.  As long as she was swimming and seemed somewhat normal, her mom , step dad, and friends,  seemed to ignore or perhaps not notice how Brynn was sinking more and more into her obsessiveness.  It struck me how easy it can be to fool people into thinking you are ok, whether you are a teen or an adult, and Brynn certainly had that down to an art form.  Eventually, though, that becomes too hard to keep up, and when things fell apart, it was heartbreaking for everyone.  The scenes with her mom were very emotional and well written, I thought.   I have to say that I was a little sad that the ending was a bit rushed because I really wanted to see more of Brynn’s realization  about her life and how she balanced it.  The revelations came too easily, in my opinion.  Despite that, I thought that In Deep was a very thoughtful examination of letting one thing, whether it’s a love interest, a hobby, or a sport, take over your life and obscure the people who truly make up your support system.




About Terra Elan McVoy

I have been reading and writing, basically, ever since I learned how to, and everything I’ve done has pretty much been connected to those two things. I went to college at a small, fantastic school (with a super writing program) called St. Andrews Presbyterian College. I got my Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Florida State. I have worked as an event coordinator at a major chain bookstore; as a freelance writer; a composition instructor; an editorial assistant at an NYC publisher; as manager of an independent children’s bookstore, in Decatur, GA, Little Shop of Stories (where I still work as a bookseller); and as Program Director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival.


4 responses to “In Deep By Terra Elan McVoy

  1. The story behind In Deep fascinates me. What must it be like to become totally and completely obsessed with one thing in your life, to have laser focus on it? I’m very curious to read it for myself indeed.

  2. I feel like we hear about this scenario all the time on the news: I never would have guessed she wasn’t okay. It’s always heart-breaking because if you’re picking up the pieces, you always wonder what you could have done differently, or how you might have helped if only you’d noticed.

    Despite the rushed ending, it’s good to hear there are emotional scenes that are thoughtfully executed. A story like this definitely requires skillful writing.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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