Review: In Too Deep by Coert Voorhees

Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, knows she can’t fight her nerd status as a freshman at her Los Angeles private school. And she doesn’t care—except for the fact that her crush, Josh, thinks she’s more adorable than desirable. Annie is determined to set him straight on their school trip to Mexico. But her teacher has other plans: he needs Annie to help him find Cortez’s lost-long treasure.

Suddenly, Annie finds herself scuba diving in pitch-black waters, jetting to Hawaii with Josh, and hunting for the priceless Golden Jaguar. But Annie and Josh aren’t the only ones lured by the possibility of finding the greatest treasure ever lost at sea. Someone else wants the gold—and needs Annie dead. In deeper danger than she ever imagined, can Annie get the boy and find the Jaguar, or is she in over her head?

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: July 9, 2013.

When high school freshman Annie joins three popular juniors and her teacher Mr. Alvarez on a volunteer humanitarian relief trip to Cozumel, Mexico, on spring break, she dreams of diving and long-lost treasure. She’s disappointed at first to learn that the group will be repainting a school — a school that wasn’t even hit by the hurricane that brought the relief workers there — while Mr. Alvarez hangs out with an old friend. Then Mr. Alvarez reveals the true reason for the trip: treasure hunting. He’s a part-time treasure-hunter searching for The Golden Jaguar and he needs Annie’s diving skills to retrieve it.

I probably never would have picked this book up if I hadn’t been given the opportunity to review it through NetGalley. It’s not my usual type of read. I’m glad I did though! It was a fun read. There’s something for everyone: adventure, mystery, danger, travel, history, celebrities, and romance. I admit, I glossed over some of the history. I never was much interested in the explorers.

Voorhees is excellent at description. I don’t know anything about diving but I felt like I was down there in the ocean with Annie during her dives. Those were my favorite parts of the book because the description was so wonderful. For that reason alone I could see this book becoming a TV movie, maybe on the Disney Channel or ABC Family.

Most of the characters were interesting and, for all their money, didn’t seem too spoiled. Sure, they could buy anything they wanted ($50,000 of diving equipment, spontaneous trips to Hawaii), but they weren’t bratty about it. I maybe would have liked a little more Gracia and Mimi and a little less of the Sugars. Gracia and Mimi could have filled their roles for the most part, and I think it would have been fun for Annie to have this adventure with her friends along.

This is a great summer read for anyone who likes a little adventure in their YA, and for those who maybe didn’t know they did.