Knee Deep gave me a taste of the history and culture of New Orleans in the most enjoyable way possible. Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Camille, we experience a world with racism, heartache, dangerous people and natural disasters, but also a world full of magic, hope, friendship, support and community. A mix of romance, mystery, voodoo magic, tragedy but also redemption.
This book was a great read. The story is fast-paced, but also the way it’s written makes it immersive and easy to finish in one sitting. The characters felt so real, so full of flaws and imperfections, that I found myself mentally shouting at them countless times. I didn’t relate to any, but they managed to irritate and annoy me as much as feel love or pity for them at all the right moments. It feels great to read a story where you forget the characters are actually fictional. The fact that Hurricane Katrina is huge part of the story events, contributes to the feeling of reading a memoir rather than a fictional love story. There’s also good amount of paranormal events that bring balance to the mix.
This book is definitely worth reading even if you are not a fan of YA genre. The romance was my least favorite part compared to everything else in the book, never felt the connection between them, but I appreciate that it wasn’t your stereotypical love story. I’m looking forward to more books by Karol Ann Hoeffner, her writing style is just wonderful.
*The expected publication of this book is: September 25th 2020 by Regal House Publishing. I was just lucky enough to read an ARC woop woop! but you can pre-order it here.
About the author
Karol Hoeffner is the Chair of Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has fourteen film credits including several Danielle Steel adaptations, a television mini-series Harem, movies-of-the-week based on true stories –TheMaking of a Hollywood Madam and Miss America: Behind the Crown. Among her other credits are the original movies, Voices from Within and Burning Rage. She has penned two young adult novels, All You’ve Got and Surf Ed.