Annie Fleet is an expert scuba diver and a fan of adventures and treasure hunting. She goes to a private school in Los Angeles where most of her peers are the children of movie stars or producers. When she and her crush, Josh, go on a school trip to Mexico, she hopes to prove to him that she is more mature than he thinks, but the trip ends up being different than what she expected when her teacher asks her to help him find some long lost treasure. However, once Annie discovers that she is not the only one looking for the treasure, everything changes.
I tried really hard to get into this book, but I just couldn’t. The story honestly just didn’t interest me or hold my attention at all. I didn’t like Annie or her crush, Josh. Annie is constantly trying to get Josh to like her and see her as more than just a cute younger girl, but I don’t understand why she even liked him to begin with. Aside from his looks, he doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities. Annie herself was pretty annoying–she’s way too much of a stereotypical goody-two-shoes, so much so that it seemed really contrived.
The whole story itself seemed really unbelievable–a high school teacher asks his fifteen year old student to dive for treasure in some random area in Mexico? And it just so happens that she is able to find what probably hundreds of other treasure hunters have been looking for for hundreds of years? Highly unlikely. Also, the relationship between Josh and Annie was just weird–they had no chemistry at all and it just seemed really forced. The character development overall was lacking and I really didn’t connect to any of the characters.
The ending of this book was also very abrupt. After all this build up, the story wraps up in maybe ten pages? The story suddenly flashes forward a few days and briefly recaps what has happened and then ends. It just seemed really quick and strange because it didn’t go with the pacing of the rest of the book.
Overall, I wasn’t a fan of In Too Deep. The story didn’t hold my attention and the lack of connection to the characters really took away from my enjoyment of the story. For someone who loves stories about pirates and treasure hunting, this may be more enjoyable, but it just wasn’t for me.
In Too Deep was released July 9, 2013.