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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Anyone who doesn¿t want a boring cliché love story If you heard about a scandalous book about a student having an affair with a teacher, wouldn¿t you want to read it? I certainly did. Doesn¿t everyone want to read something that might b

Anyone who doesn¿t want a boring cliché love story

If you heard about a scandalous book about a student having an affair with a teacher, wouldn¿t you want to read it? I certainly did. Doesn¿t everyone want to read something that might be slightly inappropriate...
Anyone who doesn¿t want a boring cliché love story

If you heard about a scandalous book about a student having an affair with a teacher, wouldn¿t you want to read it? I certainly did. Doesn¿t everyone want to read something that might be slightly inappropriate? Don¿t deny it, you know you want to. Teach Me by R.A. Nelson is just that. I read this book in a day. It is officially one of my favorites. I didn¿t want to do my school work because I wanted to read. I strongly suggest this to anyone who doesn¿t want a boring or cliché love story. This book is funny, sad, and definitely suspenseful.
The book starts off in the middle with, ¿Welcome to my head. Let¿s hit the ground running¿. Carolina ¿Nine¿ Livingston starts off her senior year in high school a little differently then normally. She decides she¿s ¿a little top heavy on sciences¿, so she decides to take a poetry class. There¿s a new teacher this year, and nobody knows anything about him. Nine is immediately attracted to her new teacher, Mr. Mann. She¿s normally very quiet in class, but she seems to speak up while in Mr. Mann¿s class. His odd ways of teaching help Nine relate to him. She finds herself talking to Mr. Mann more outside of class, and soon, driving past his apartment complex in her car, Wilkie Collins. Nine realizes she is falling deep in love with her teacher, and can¿t get enough of him. Let¿s just say she learns a lot more about love, life, and everything else then she does about Emily Dickinson.
Throughout the book, I couldn¿t figure out if Carolina and Mr. Mann were actually going to work out. Nine accidentally leaks her obsession to her best friend, Schuyler. He immediately knows what¿s going on, and doesn¿t approve. Nine and Schuyler have a weird relationship. They kissed once, but never spoke of it again. Just think about how Schuyler feels hearing all of this. Things really change once Nine turns 18. I¿m sure you can imagine what happened then. Suddenly, her heart is broken. Mr. Mann won¿t tell her why it has to stop (because it just being plain wrong isn¿t a good enough reason). Nine desperately tries to get back at him, but just ends up embarrassing herself in the process. Nothing will seem to work to satisfy her craving, if you will, for him. The novel ends with insanity, a shooting, a car crash, and a hospital visit. It¿s all incredibly suspenseful.
With Nelson living here in Alabama, it¿s interesting to read a book about places we know. I was immediately hooked. It¿s weird, knowing that this type of thing happens all the time. I¿d just never paid too much attention to it I guess. Now I look at teachers differently. Not in a sexual way, good Lord no, just differently. Knowing that student-teacher affairs happen so often, it¿s just strange to think about. This was a very quick read. I didn¿t want to put it down. But it wasn¿t a quick read in an ¿I want to finish this¿ way, quick as in fast-paced and suspenseful. I highly recommend this book to whoever wants a different, twisted kind of novel. It is definitely one of my all-time favorites.

posted by snelbs on December 14, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

hmm..

with this book, i felt so many different emotions that i didn't think could be brought out in a book.. up's and down's. definitely a good read - until the end. kind of a bummer the way it ended, but ah well. still, i would suggest it. :]

posted by 3188667 on March 26, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Great book and Thoughts

    This is a fantastic book. That actualy makes you stop and think about your life . It teaches a great lesson about making the right choices. But also taking risks to find out who you really are.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Half and Half...

    I was so scared of what would happen, i didn't finish reading it. The romancy parts were awesome, but when she found about the wife, and how he left her was just... crazy! I mean they had it so good! She loved him! Literally. It would have been so much better if they didn't break up! Truth be told, I never finished the entire book. I tried to build up my confidence and finish it... but i was too scared. I'd say just read until she's about to take her test, then drop it, return it or whatever! Still pretty good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Read it.

    Intruiging. It was a great story written in the voice of a character that was kind of beautiful in all her imperfections and quirky traits. A must read at least once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Great book

    Any other books like it?

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    Interesting!

    I enjoyed this book a lot. The book never got boring and one event always had you excited about what may happen next. But I also had a problem with the ending of the book. It was not what I expected at all. To me the ending was not that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    wonderfully scandelous

    The story was extremely interesting (I love the scandal) and fortunately, the author didn't try to gloss over all the dirty details of Nine and Mr. Mann's passion. I thought the story developed well, but I was a little dissapointed with the ending. I think Mr. Mann should have had a better excuse for not telling Nine why everything 'had to stop'. Also, after Nine went so psychotic (which I thought was done well) I thought their ending should have had more substance. Besides that, 'Teach Me' is a very enjoyable read that I definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2005

    This was a good book

    i loved the main charater expresses herself and risked everything for love. However i didnt like the begining becuase it took too long to get to the point

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