This is good because it allows you to step back from the story. Assess each side and how that fits with the overall issue — the relationship between teacher and student.
There is love between the two characters, and their relationship runs parallel to them both preparing for the school play of Romeo and Juliet. Is love enough to conquer the controversy and opinions on a forbidden relationship?
View 1 comment. Aug 19, Rosanna Threakall rated it liked it. I enjoyed this. It's steamy, dramatic, fast-paced and tense. I thought a lot of the side characters were very level headed, particularly the MC, Rachel's friends. The rating isn't as high as I'd like because both Rachel and her lover, her English teacher! The ending, in a way, came to nothing it was all just wrapped up for ease. I'd have preferred a less "happy" ending, s 3. I'd have preferred a less "happy" ending, so to speak. The book lacks description an inner monologue. It needed a little more emotional depth, for my tastes.
It's certainly a quick read and I admire the author for taking on such a "taboo" subject.
It certainly had me sat on the edge of my seat at times. I enjoyed the "lolita" vibe of the teacher, Mike. Written in the 90s, the book has aged well and doesn't read out of date or old fashioned. Worth the read for the subject matter alone. Dec 02, Tes rated it it was amazing. I wasn't sure what to think of the book when I saw it in the library, so I thought I would give it a go.
Couldn't put it down. I could tell a lot how much research the author put in the book. It was a great book and very interesting. Five stars. It has been awhile since I read a book in two days, I would of read quicker if it wasn't for a busy life. Apr 22, Meana Jayne rated it it was amazing. I loved this book, because I'm young and still in school I find this type of book interesting and that I can relate to it, but I can't relate to it fully because I have never dated a teacher but I have had crushes on them.
It's a great read :. I have mixed feelings about this one.
pawliemonondsigh.cf I read it while I was still in school, I must about been around 14 at the time, and recently I decided to see if I could find it. I had no idea what it was called or who it was by so it's a bit miraculous that I did find it. I don't remember having any strong feelings about it at 14, and I don't have any strong feelings about it now. I'd read reviews about how there was an interesting dynamic in this one I have mixed feelings about this one. I'd read reviews about how there was an interesting dynamic in this one because Rachel the student, 15 years old initiates the relationship and that she knows exactly what she wants.
Ultimately, I still think Mike the teacher, 23 years old took advantage, but I'll talk about that later. The writing in this wasn't the greatest. This is quite a well known book, it did very well in the UK when it was first released in - wow that seems so long ago! He writes about controversial topics, which I appreciate, but his writing style just isn't for me.
I felt like I was reading a book for kids, which I guess, in a way, I am but I prefer YA books that assume their readers have a bit of a higher reading level.
The story itself is so-so. There's not a lot you can do with this sort of relationship: student meets teacher - they fall for each other - they have to keep their relationship a secret. Within that David Belbin did well in writing from a teenage girl's perspective. Interestingly, his young man wasn't quite as good, though I can't really comment on that from personal experience since I'm female, but going by the 23 year old men I know he was very immature at times, especially in his relationships with other people. It's hard to review this book without talking about the content. Maybe this is spoilery?
I don't know, but I'm going to talk a bit about Rachel and Mike's relationship. At first, I wasn't sure what my opinion on this was. Yes, Rachel makes the first and second move, she's definitely to one who initiates the relationship. But does that mean that Mike was justified in going out with her? I think no. It's kind of hard to tell what's right or wrong in these circumstances. Rachel wasn't groomed, she wasn't manipulated, she wasn't forced to do anything she didn't want to do.
She was doing what normal 15 year olds do in relationships, except she wasn't in a relationship with another teenager. She was in a relationship with someone in a position of power and authority over her. I definitely think that Mike was kidding himself a bit. He wanted her to be mature, so that's what he told himself she was.
He told himself that she knew what she wanted, she knew what she was getting herself into. She didn't. I thought I was the shit when I was I thought that I was grown up and that I knew what I wanted in my life, in my relationships. Of course I didn't. There were multiple times that I can recall where I let myself be manipulated and taken advantage of because I thought it was what I wanted, only to find afterwards that I didn't want to be a part of it at all.
Did Mike genuinely fancy Rachel? But not in the same way Rachel fancied him. You can see it in the differences in what they enjoyed about spending time with each other. Rachel liked spending time with him, the feeling of being loved and not being alone. Mike enjoyed the sex, and the thrill of the secrecy. That much is obvious in the way he continues his behaviour, even after everything that has happened, with other girls at the sixth form he moves onto.
I also really liked the little bits about how the girls were the ones to feel pressured to be the ones worried about contraception, about how they were the ones who had to go to the clinic and be on the pill because boys don't like faffing about with condoms We've all been there.
Start by marking “Love Lessons” as Want to Read: Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. The only person she can talk to is her kindly and handsome young art teacher, Rax. Love Lessons is a British novel intended for older readers by Jacqueline Wilson, first published by Doubleday in It is illustrated by Nick Sharratt, although.
Overall, Love Lessons was ok. The writing wasn't great, the story is what it is. I enjoyed revisiting this, but I probably won't read it again.