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The Whole Golden World: A Novel

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Good Read!

    Not a day seems to go by without a news story about a teacher, male or female, who makes the very unwise choice to become sexually involved with a student. This story is about such a choice and how it wreaks havoc on the families involved. One of the best parts of the story is the depiction of the male teacher, who has the body and experience of an adult but the emotional maturity of a teenage boy. The 18 year old student is well drawn as a frustratingly stubborn girl who is unwilling to accept that she may have been manipulated. The teacher's wife is a little too naïve to root for as a character; however, the story describes her role as someone who is simultaneously the one to blame for her husband's infidelity and the one forced to stand by her man while also being expected to assist the victim in a way that is very compelling. The way the town heaps scorn on the girl's family is also something that could come straight from today's headlines. "The heart wants what the heart wants" is a well-known quote that sums up the motivation for several characters. As a reader, I would have liked to know even more about what was going on in the teacher's mind, but I enjoyed the book and recommend it, especially to parents of teenaged girls.

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