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Official Review: Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon

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[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Caught Inside" by Jamie Deacon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon is a captivating young adult novel. Luke just wants to go on a vacation with his girlfriend, Zara, at her parent’s vacation home. He never got to have those type of experiences growing up. His mom worked multiple jobs just to support them. He’s expecting to spend time relaxing and hitting the waves with his surfboard. Then Zara’s cousin Theo flips Luke’s world upside down. Luke finds himself experiencing feelings for Theo that he never would have expected. He soon finds himself facing the reality of who he really is. Accepting these feelings, he grows closer and closer to Theo as the summer goes on. Afraid to hurt Zara, they hide the blooming relationship from her. But at some point, they’re going to have to tell her, and they’re afraid it won’t be pretty. Add in a few other friends that aren’t helping the situation, and the reader is in for a great tale.

This book had me drawn in as soon as I opened it. I literally could not put it down. I haven’t been this involved in book for a long time. Told in the first person, present tense from Luke’s point of view, this book takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. The emotions throughout the book were so powerful. I found myself laughing and crying as the moods changed. I felt like I was watching the story as it happened.

The character development was on point. The character pool is fairly small, so the reader really gets to know the personalities of each person. The love triangle in this story adds to the character development and kind of makes it a little biased. I constantly found myself looking at Zara as the “bad guy” even though she didn’t really have a lot of “bad” qualities. She was a typical teenage girl who wanted to spend time with her boyfriend. As she feels their relationship falling apart, she keeps trying to fix it. Because I was seeing everything from Luke’s point-of view, it made me think of her as annoying and clingy even though she really wasn’t. I have never had this happen to me while reading a book, and I found it very entertaining.

The plot of this book runs along the lines of being a typical young adult novel, but it has a few twists. The fact that Luke is falling in love with another boy made the love triangle unique. I have to say that I have never read a book like this one. It was also paced really well. I never found myself disappointed or wishing that a part was over like I have with other books. I also felt like the fact that it was written in present tense helped move the plot along. Another aspect of the story that I really liked was the addition of a few flashbacks. Some were in conversation, and some were events that Luke remembered throughout the story. Both types really added dimension to the book.

The editing in this book was perfect! I commend the author for this. I didn’t see a single error throughout the book. I loved that there were no interruptions because of grammatical errors! Also, the author did a great job of keeping the book in the present tense. I know how difficult it is to write in this style, so I am really impressed with this author.

If you can’t already tell, I loved this book. I’m going to have to give it 4 out of 4 stars. I can’t even think of anything negative to say about it. I think that this is a great book for teenagers and even adults to read. It has all of the romance they could want without being explicit, and it takes the reader on a fantastic emotional ride. It is definitely one of my new favorites.

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Thank you for your review! It is rare to find a book without grammatical errors here on the review site. This book and the author deserve praise for that.
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peprica21 wrote:Thank you for your review! It is rare to find a book without grammatical errors here on the review site. This book and the author deserve praise for that.
I agree! I'm a "grammar freak," so errors really distract me when I'm reading. I love when books don't have those errors.

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This sounds like a great book! I agree that it is nice to find a book without grammar errors. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great job on the review.

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melizabeth wrote:This sounds like a great book! I agree that it is nice to find a book without grammar errors. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great job on the review.
Thank you! It's been one of my favorites so far.

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Wow! It is so rare to find such a praising and genuine review. This book sounds ready to make it big, and I can't wait to read it!

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courtlt wrote:Wow! It is so rare to find such a praising and genuine review. This book sounds ready to make it big, and I can't wait to read it!
Thank you! It was definitely a great book. I hope you enjoy it.

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Sounds intense :D and interesting. I'm not really sure if this is my type of book but your review makes it seems like something I would enjoy. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Jamie Deacon on such an obviously well written book.

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kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds intense :D and interesting. I'm not really sure if this is my type of book but your review makes it seems like something I would enjoy. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Jamie Deacon on such an obviously well written book.
Thank you! It was definitely an intense book. I'm glad my review makes you at least kind of interested in the book. I really enjoyed it.

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Thank you for such a detailed review! I love the idea that Luke is falling for a boy and must decide who he wants to be with. Also, the fact that there aren't that many characters (so we can really get to them) is very appealing to me. I'd rather really get to know characters than have a bunch that are not memorable. Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review!
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Sounds like a great romance with some cool characters. Well done to the author for the perfect editing. Thank you for the nice review!
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I wouldn't normally be interested in something like this (contemporary isn't really my thing), but given the fact that Luke is falling for a guy pushes it closer to my reading tastes.

Thank you for the review, and I'm happy you enjoyed it so thoroughly!
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Thanks for a great review, it piqued my interest even though i usually do not read romance.

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Great review! I like that this is a young adult novel because it might indirectly give advice to young people in today's world who find themselves in a similar situation. Congrats to the author on being chosen for BOTD!

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hsimone wrote:Thank you for such a detailed review! I love the idea that Luke is falling for a boy and must decide who he wants to be with. Also, the fact that there aren't that many characters (so we can really get to them) is very appealing to me. I'd rather really get to know characters than have a bunch that are not memorable. Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review!
I agree. Great review on today's book of the day.
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