If you really likes the concept of The Fault in Our Stars, this book will sure touch you too. This book reminds me of it… (but it’s not the same)
Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer is a young adult contemporary with a hint of mystery.
“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 finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother– 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 to drink. When Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger. Liberty isn’t deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good. “
This book was not what I expected… it was BETTER.
This was full of events to think about. I hadn’t thought it would lead to sadness, but it did. The concept of family, life, and the environment are played around with the characters.
The characters developed in a fun way, especially Liberty (main character). She experiences a high mental struggle between right and wrong and about what is truly most important in life. The town gets fresh prospective from her. Once she gets into town, their lives become changed forever.
One aspect that gave me the sassy “whaaaat” factor was the instant relationship that takes over at the beginning. One minute they were meeting up after YEARS apart and literally the next paragraph was bf/gf status. It didn’t have too much to do with the plot, but it threw me off a ton. Other than that, I didn’t have any real problems with this book.
It was such a great and heart-opening story. I think many readers should give this a try. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. The ending wrapped up fairly quickly, but it was satisfying. There are a few sad/freaky parts, but nothing too drastic to bring out the entire box of tissues.
It is definitely a corporate-meets-small-town-life kind of read. The plot will keep you on your toes. I read this book in a day, so if you’re looking for a lazy day out in the sun, this is your book to indulge in.
More Book Information:
Published: 1 April 2016
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Mystery
How I Read It: ARC paperback from BEA 2016 from Publisher
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