Friday, February 20, 2009

In Too Deep - Jennifer Banash


If you don’t belong here— you just don’t belong…

The Bramford building’s newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She’s got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she’s starting to have second thoughts as to whether the “New York” Casey is the real Casey. And she’s not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She’s not the only one.

Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder—until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn’t exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew—and a little revenge.

The Simplified Version:

Plot: 18/20
Characters: 18.5/20
Writing: 19/20
Originality: 18/20
Entertainment: 8/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Total: 89.5/100
Rating: B+, or four hearts.


The Elite is one of my favorite books. It is like Gossip Girl - but so much better. However, I found myself a little disappointed with the second book in this series, In Too Deep. I went in with high hopes, and was a little bit disappointed.

At some parts, I found myself bored with the writing. Some scenes dragged out to seem longer than they should have been, and some of the descriptions seemed really long and overly-descriptive, in my opinion. To me, it also seemed like the name dropping got a little worse in this book.

Second, I feel like this is just turning into another Gossip Girl series. While reading, I had many flashback of my Gossip Girl reading days, and I kept drawing comparisons between the two - sometimes even thinking Madison was Blair (I know, horrible right?).

One last thing -- some of the things just seemed so unattainable that happened. I mean, Madison just stopped on the street while window shopping by a hot Italian guy who wants to her become a model? Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know anything about the modeling business, but this just seems like it doesn't happen to often.

However, Jennifer Banash still did a good job writing the second book in The Elite series. It wasn't horrible -- I got through it just well. It will have you laughing out loud and even crying at some parts. While the love lives of pretty much all the characters heat up - sometimes with unexpected people - so does the drama when friends start getting in fights with friends and a TV crew is around to catch it all.

I still look forward to reading the next novel in this series, Simply Irresistible.

Previous books in this series: The Elite.



Simply_Megan said...

I agree with you. This wasn't as good as The Elite, but still a fun read.

stargirlreads said...

This is next in my TBR pile so idk if I agree yet