Revenge and romance collide in Georgia Cates’ Going Under. Troubled high schooler Jessie Boone is out to win himself a football scholarship and, hopefully, a chance for a better life. Then there’s Claire Deveraux, straight-A sweetheart of first-string quarterback Forbes Henderson. Seemingly worlds apart, the two cross paths as Boone sets out to steal Forbes’ quarterback job… and his girlfriend. Portraying Boone, Adam Saunders exudes a brooding, macho reserve typical of hotheaded jock culture. Merritt Hicks is equally convincing as Deveraux, delivering sass and burgeoning sexuality. Indeed, Going Under's seedy, hyper-realistic storyline is at times unsettling: Boone’s motives are downright sinister, while Deveraux is largely a sexual status symbol to her dueling suitors. This is urban fiction at its most stark and jilted.
Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly.
In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too. Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best.
She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?
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