March 30, 2016

DNF Review: Dig Too Deep

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Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer
Grade: DNF
Release date: April 1, 2016
An e-galley was provided by AW Teen via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration.
Summary: With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can at least finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother--or her former mother, as she calls her. But Ebbottsville isn't the same as Liberty remembers, and it's not just because the top of Tanner's Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange--the same water that officials claim is safe. And when Granny's lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty wonders if somebody at the mine is hiding the truth about the water. She starts to investigate and is soon plunged into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger. Her searches for answers and justice lead to even tougher questions--should she turn to violence and end up like her mother? Give up her quest for the sake of keeping the peace? Or keep fighting until the mine is shut down for good?

When did I stop reading?: 18% into my e-galley.
Why didn't I finish?: Characters were stereotypical and the romance started too fast.

The Long(er) Review: I wanted to love this book because of its setting, but characters were stereotypical especially the mean girl, Ashleigh. The protagonist describes Ashleigh as "looking very Taylor Swift with her big, brown eyes" and I couldn't help but laugh and then be annoyed. First of all, Taylor has blue eyes. Second, I'm tired of Taylor being the chosen look-alike for the mean girls. The grandmother is also stereotypically strict and stubborn.
The romance started 15% in, and I wasn't really going into Dig Too Deep looking for kissing and insta-lust.
Finally, there was too much language for my taste.

The Verdict: Needed a lot of polishing. Not worth your time.

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