In at the Deep End

In at the Deep End A Deliciously Disarming Debut Novel About A Twenty Something Londoner Who Discovers That She May Have Been Looking For Love And Pleasure In All The Wrong Places Ie From Men Julia Has Had Enough Enough Of The Sex Noises Her Roommate Makes Enough Of Her Dead End Government Job Enough Of The One Night Stand Who Accused Her Of Breaking His Penis The Only Thing She Hasn T Had Enough Of Is Orgasms She Hasn T Had Proper Sex In Three Years So When Julia Gets Invited To A Warehouse Party In A Part Of Town Where Trendy People Who Have Lots Of Sex Go On A Friday Night, She Readily Accepts And That Night She Meets Someone A Conceptual Artist, Who Also Happens To Be A Woman Julia S Sexual Awakening Begins Her New Lesbian Life Is Exhilarating She Finds Her Tribe At Queer Swing Dancing Classes, And Guided By Her New Lover Sam, She Soon Discovers London S Gay Bars And BDSM Clubs And The Complexities Of Polyamory Soon It Becomes Clear That Sam Needs To Call The Shots, And Julia S Newfound Liberation Comes To Bear A Suspicious Resemblance To Entrapment In At The Deep End Is An Unforgettable And Audacious Odyssey Through The Pitfalls And Seductions We Encounter On The Treacherous Path To Love And Self Disappointing.GR review to come, or read it early If a book is described as Bridget Jones alike, I am almost guaranteed to read it English humor and dating disasters are my thing.In at the Deep End begins as a funny lesbian Bridget Jones romp , and ends in an oversexed 9 1 2 Weeks type emotional gutter So, our 26 year protagonist, Julia, hasn t had sex with a person in 3 years and wants to get back to business again After having a very unsuccessful date with a guy, she decides to give a tumble with a woman a try Surprise This is Julia s best sex to date, and she seems to be good at it too Julia embraces her newly discovered sexuality and almost immediately falls into a relationship with an artist and experienced lesbian Sam There are several subplots that I was quite interested in Julia s relationship with her fun parents and her roommate Alice, her trying to figure out life plans after her future as a dancer is shattered due to an injury, Julia s correspondence with a WWII veteran There were some great observational jokes too especially at the orgies and BDSM parties.But then most of the book is taken up by Julia having GREAT SEX I mean, I get it, she has lots of orgasms in her lesbian relationship But as she explores new frontiers orgies, threesomes, BDSM, polyamory and orgasms all the time, she also seems to be repulsed and upset by most of what her girlfriend Sam suggests So I was weary of all the sex and distressed by Julia s state of mind almost the entire second half of the book.This is not a romcom, is what I am trying to say Again Queenie also was both funny and depressing, but I found the humor cringe sex side plots ratio much palatable than in In at the Deep End I can t believe I am saying it, but this book has WAY to much sex in it. This is a hilarious book with a somewhat dirty sex description in every chapter It s like reading a book version of GIRLS. IN AT THE DEEP END is Kate Davies s debut novel, following Julia, an anxious 20 something in London in an aimless job, as she learns she s queer and starts exploring lesbian dating scene For the most part, it was so bad it s good it s definitely a beach read, it wasn t very deep it didn t have to be I sped through this book Julia is snarky funny, makes some bad decisions, and I cared enough about her to keep reading.Maybe this is a spoiler it s also alluded to in the blurb , Julia eventually starts dating an artist and descends into an abusive relationship There was one particularly cringe worthy scene towards the end where one of the characters was racist against Mexicans Also this might be me being a prude as it relates to SM, but if you re triggered by sexual assault, that particular scene could be upsetting for you.IN AT THE DEEP END is worth picking up for a quick, summer read, maybe a lesbian 50 shades of gray But if you re looking for lesbian literary fiction or even a cute romance this isn t it Ps I m in between two and three stars I was very kindly given an e arc of this book through Netgalley and HarperCollins UK If I were just judging this book on the first 35%, then it could have been a five stars Funny, crude and startlingly open, this is a contemporary novel about a young woman named Julia discovering her sexuality which happens surprisingly quickly and beginning a life as a queer woman But then, as you get further through the book, you lose the modern Bridget Jones vibe and it becomes darker, uncomfortable and increasingly volatile There are a lot of issues with this book I understand that the author herself is queer, but there are some serious ignorances in this story, particularly towards BDSM There s one instance where Julia s partner forces into a rape fantasy scenario without asking for her explicit consent, even before hand The language is coded, suggesting You ll like it or You want to do it , and that made me feel ridiculously uncomfortable It often felt closer to Fifty Shades horror than genuine SM work Also, the main characters are utter trash There s unlikeable, and then there s plain psychopathic Sam, the girlfriend , repeatedly manipulates Julia, sexually, verbally and emotionally At the end of the book, she even threatens to kill herself There s no subtlety to this book at all, and you just feel angry instead of any other emotion Some positives it s genuinely funny It has moments of sparkling wit, if you can get past Julia being a wet blanket the whole time, and it really captures the supportive nature of the LGBTQIA community in Julia s other friends I think there is potential, but it was being dark for the sake of being controversial I can see how people were turned off by this book and couldn t read it It should probably come with a huge trigger warning slapped across the front of the cover Also this book is way, way, way too cavalier about fisting Damn In At The Deep End by Kate Davies is released in the UK on February 21st. Follow Julia who is 26 years old and is single She lives in London but has not had sex for 3 years Julia decides her dry patch has lasted for too long and jumps In at the Deep End to have some fun in her life.I was really attracted to the cover of this book It shows two red chilli peppers arranged together to let the reader imagine they were labia In at the Deep End gets off to a great start from the first paragraph by informing the reader of Julia s sex life The writing style within this book is jolly and the mild humour will make you smile For example Staring into my eyes, he went to push himself into me He missed Jesus That s never happened before, he said He picked up his penis and guided himself in, frowning as though he was trying to assemble a particularly tricky piece of IKEA furniture.In at the Deep End is a story told in the first person and this format is ideal for this book as it lets the reader walk in Julia s shoes It does not matter what gender or sexuality the reader has, because Julia tries many, many things for the first time and like her, you can enjoy what happens like a virgin too.I liked how this novel was not just about sex Character development of Julia was very good and I found it very easy to enter her world of work, flat sharing, friends and family In at the Deep End is Kate s debut novel but it does not show Kate is a great storyteller and her book is an intelligent read I loved all the observations and social commentary I found the novel to be very well written and although there was a fair amount of sex within the pages, there was no dumbing down of language or content This is a quality read that I found to be enjoyable, fun and informative.In at the Deep End guides you into a lesbian lifestyle and demystifies how women can find love This book allows the reader to access a lifestyle they may have no knowledge about, it is a kind of Lesbians for Beginners Kate s outline of sexual acts are told with skill and were not gross and do not make the reader feel uncomfortable.I loved the explanation of the lesbian lifestyle and it s culture I now know the importance of a toaster to lesbians Because of my age, work, family and friends, I already knew there were many different types of lesbians but this book also mentions by name the different types Going about your everyday life would you be able to spot the differences between butches, femmes, pillow queens and bull dykes I thought the explanation of polygamy within the lesbian scene to be very helpful to heterosexual readers I thought polygamists were just greedy people who wanted lots and lots of sex, with one partner never being enough for them I have NEVER strayed away from my wife and would not dream of it But In at the Deep End does offer the opposite view which helped me to understand why some people are polygamists when Kate writes I wouldn t want to limit myself to one woman It would be like only eating cheese sandwiches for the rest of your life Sometimes you just want pastrami, don t you Which is why I m non monogamous I loved reading In at the Deep End and found it a pleasure to read Kate s writing is so good that I just imagined I was Julia and thoroughly enjoyed playing her part in this story For an author to make the reader feel they are the central character of a novel is really good For a reader to identify with Julia because they are a woman, or in their 20 s or a lesbian is very, very good For a 60 year old, heterosexual married man to feel as though he is Julia having all this fun, is absolutely BRILLIANT I felt really included and could live out a lesbian sex life from the comfort of my armchair I thoroughly enjoyed reading In at the Deep End, so it gets the top score of 5 stars from me Only thing is trying to keep a straight face when moving past red chilli peppers in ASDA but I can live with that.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher HarperCollins UK for giving me a copy of this book on the understanding that I provide an honest review. Everything you always wanted to know about lesbian sex but were afraid to ask.A cross between Kinflicks and Fear of Flying, this wickedly witty and unflinchingly raunchy novel is both eye opening and eye watering regarding the sexually explicit exploits of its female protagonist If you are too young to have read the above titles, think Fleabag rather than Bridget Jones and you will get the right idearead and reviewed for Whichbook.net Julia, a civil servant in the correspondence department in London, shares a flat with her best friend Alice and her boyfriend Dave Grumpy from being kept awake most of the night by Alice and Dave s sex noises her mood is further soured by Alice pointing out that she hasn t had sex in three years Determined to change that, Julia sets off on a mission to meet people and bring about some changes in her life What she doesn t expect to discover is that she s perhaps not straight after all What follows is the entertaining, and sometimes poignant, sexual awakening of a 26 year old who finds herself in at the deep end Julia is a wonderfully complex character She s funny, self deprecating in a witty way and unflinchingly direct She also lacks confidence sometimes, doesn t always express her anger when she should and goes with the flow when she s really not comfortable with the direction Essentially, she s perfectly human She s seeing a therapist in training, because she was cheap who calls a spade a bloody shovel She s sure therapists should be supportive and give less advice but then, you get what you pay for She s a contract worker and has never applied for a permanent position because then when people asked her what she did she would have to answer, civil servant.There s a fantastic cast of secondary characters that further enrich Julia s journey She corresponds with a 96 year old WWII veteran who writes in regularly to complain about the health system Owen, her colleague, and Alice are steady sounding boards Her therapist is combative, her friend Cat flits in and out of London bringing another level of quirkiness with her Julia s parents need to be in their own special category And then there s Sam, who is a powerful presence.I loved reading this I started off by laughing at the wittiness and unusual turn of phrase and as it progressed I found I was still enjoying the turn of phrase but undertones kept changing There is explicit sex which is descriptive than erotic or romantic This is a great debut and I m looking forward to by this author Book received from Netgalley and The Borough Press for an honest review. you know how there s a genre of books of age called coming of age i feel like a coming of gay genre should existthis book would fit perfectly in that, by the way

Kate Davies was born and brought up in north west London She studied English at Oxford University before becoming a writer and editor of children s books She also writes comedy scripts, and had a short lived career as a burlesque dancer that ended when she was booed off stage at a Conservative club, dressed as a bingo ball Kate lives in east London with her wife In at the Deep End is her debut

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • In at the Deep End
  • Kate Davies
  • English
  • 22 December 2018
  • 9781328629678

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