If Loving You is Wrong

If Loving You is Wrong

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by Gregg Olsen
     
 

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"Wonderfully researched...Searing and brilliant...A must-read!"-- Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime

The first case -- the one that launched an epidemic of teacher/student abuse cases -- written by New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen.

You know how the story ended...but do you know how it all started?

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"Wonderfully researched...Searing and brilliant...A must-read!"-- Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime

The first case -- the one that launched an epidemic of teacher/student abuse cases -- written by New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen.

You know how the story ended...but do you know how it all started?

Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary Kay Letourneau had her baby daughter whisked from her arms. She was then shackled and returned to her jail cell. Just years ago, the pretty, personable Seattle schoolteacher was living a life many would envy-- she had a handsome husband, four beautiful children, and a beloved following of students. Then she was accused of child rape, and her whole world turned upside down.

Rapist Or Victim?

How did a 34-year-old married teacher fall in love with one of her sixth-grade students? Was it a complete lapse of judgment, or-- as she contends-- the meeting of two soulmates? Were the two planning to run away together-- before police caught them in a parked car? Did the couple have illicit sex in every room of the Letourneau house, as the teenager told the tabloids? Read about the case that shocked the world and rocked the headlines-- about the lonely life of Mary Kay Letourneau and the young object of her obsession, the boy who fathered two of her children. You may think you know the story of Mary Kay Letourneau-- but you don't know the whole story until you've read...If Loving You Is Wrong.

Includes interviews with Mary Kay Letourneau.

Amazon.com Review: The tale seems ripe for tabloid exploitation: the fresh-faced blond elementary schoolteacher and mother of four just couldn't keep her hands off that 13-year-old boy. Worse yet, Mary Kay Letourneau had become obsessed with the slight, Samoan teenager while he was still a student in her sixth-grade class--and he fathered two babies with her. Yet in the hands of true crime writer Gregg Olsen, If Loving You Is Wrong becomes a poignant profile of an emotionally stunted young woman tightly wound up in a web of lies too fragile to sustain the weight of her own compulsions.

The facade the Letourneaus presented to the world was that of a devoted, upwardly mobile young couple. In reality Steve and Mary Kay were on the verge of financial and emotional bankruptcy. They married because she'd become pregnant and appearances were everything to Mary Kay's parents, ultra-conservative, family-values-promoting politician John Schmitz and his icy wife, Mary. Olsen, whose previous books include Abandoned Prayers and Black Widow, does a superior job with the story, interviewing Letourneau herself as well as friends and neighbors, researching and assembling the facts behind the lurid headlines in a nonjudgmental manner that allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the bigger issues at stake. Was Mary Kay Letourneau a pedophile, a child rapist, a female Humbert Humbert? Or was she, as she claims, a woman who'd found a soul mate and a true love that defied America's puritanical norms? Read If Loving You Is Wrong and decide for yourself. -- Patrizia DiLucchio
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About the Author
Gregg Olsen is the acclaimed author of true crime books and novels, including: Abandoned Prayers, Black Widow, Bitter Almonds, Mockingbird (AKA Cruel Deception), A Twisted Faith and Starvation Heights. His novels include, Heart of Ice, A Wicked Snow, Closer Than Blood, A Cold Dark Place, Victim Six and the upcoming Fear Collector. He is also the author of the Empty Coffin series for young adults. The first two titles of the series: Envy and Betrayal.

The Tucson Citizen called Olsen "One of America's favorite crime writers."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016769387
Publisher:
Crime Rant Classics
Publication date:
06/19/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
112,745
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Gregg Olsen is a New York Times bestselling author of true crime and crime fiction.

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If Loving You Is Wrong 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gregg Olsen has done his homework on this one and no true crime addict will be disappointed at what he presents in this book. Just as shocking at what a 34-year-old school teacher did to her sixth-grade student, is what the teen and his family tried to do as well. It is difficult to fully comprehend what both sides said and did in this web of crime and deceit. The author lays it on the line in this smoothly written book of this most famous of criminal cases.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed Olsen's Abandoned Prayers and hoped that the Letourneau book would have the same impact. The beginning was interesting but halfway thru the book there was too much jumping around from year to year. Also, too many characters with too little input. Wanted to know more about Vili. I was speed reading the last quarter of the book, just picking up pertinent info. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most messed up woman I have ever read about. I cannot believe she fell in love with a child, and just her whole way of being as a person was repulsive to me. I didn't finish it as I just got tired of reading about her, she is a mess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
slow moving, hard to keep names and facts in order.
SailorJan More than 1 year ago
A lot of background I wasn't aware of when the story hit the news. A very strange person to be sure sure & although many people close to her were convinced she was really in love her actions were truly bizare.
ninsyl More than 1 year ago
This well written book tells of a sad tale of Mary Kay, who never found love at home; bellittled by her own Mom, ignored by her father; she resorts to promiscuity even before high school. She lashes out her anger and disappointments by going from boyfriend to boyfriend; often breaking the hearts of those who truly care for, and love her. She thinks she's found consolation and adoration when she gets involved with a minor (one of her own students), only to end up in hot water with the law and causes untold shame and embarrassments to rain down on family members and friends. Must read, especially for students of human behavior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw these two authors on Northwest Afternoon, in Seattle...what a hoot! They seem to know the REAL MARY KAY LETOURNEAU...and I've read Gregg Olsen's book AND the 'Dress' book: Mass With Mary...and they are both just super! You've got to read them both!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was searing enough...but the excitement only lasted until Mary's arrest. After that it turned into a story about reporters chasing to get the hottest and latest story, which tabloid paid the most money to get the inside pictures of the baby who was born out of this scandalous affair. I felt that Olsen did not have to spend too much time on whether the lawyers or Mary's friends had made a substantial amount of money from this rather low down dirty episode involving a teacher and her 12 year old student. That was irrelevant. I wanted to see more imput..more into who Mary and Vili really were..what made them fall so deeply for another....I had enjoyed the book but the gratification only lasted for 150 pages..after that it was yawn-a-yawn. Olsen's style is simple yet consequential and probably with more resources he would have been able to produce better.I felt that at the end he had reached a certain hitch so he had to include all the trivial stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second half is poorly written and hard to follow. Should not have been published in this state.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On page 300 and still haven't a clue about the characters . Can't tell what is fact/fiction, or just assumed . Can't recommend
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Very interesting. Discusses her family history and his. Really explains how it all happens. I don't want it to be my son, and they went about it the wrong way, but I wish then happiness in the end.
Suebee129 More than 1 year ago
Worth the read if you are a non-fiction reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the author really did his homework, which I can appreciate, there is just way way too much junk and unneccessary info in this book! This book seemed to me to be more about Mary Kay's friends than about the affair itself! I wanted a story about the affair and the direct players involved, instead this was a story about friends and neighbors and coworkers. Very dissappointing, and a complete waste of my time to read! How it got sooo many 5 star ratings is beyond me!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I went back and read my old copy of this book now that Ms. Letourneau is constantly in the news again with her upcoming release from prison. I also ordered another book about her life since she's been in prison called 'Mass With Mary: The Prison Years' --- this 2nd book gave me a closer look at who she is and what she's about as a person. I'm not so sure I feel the same about this case. 7 years is a long time - Celine Dion's husband is no different! Mass with Mary, written by Christina Dress WITH Mary Letourneau is close and personal about women in prison - women we forget about and forget what it must be like. It made me laugh and made me cry. Mr. Olsen's book is a good background of what happened before Mary went to prison. The 2nd book takes it from there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Loving you is Wrong is a book that you can't put down till you're done. You will be led to sympathize with the schoolteacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, who never had happiness in her marriage, a marriage that was forced upon her by her parents. When she finds her feelings growing for her student, Villi, you can't help but wish that things could be different for them. Instead, she is caught in a tangle of growing emotions that is leading her further and further into trouble with the law. This is a book that must be read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really goes into the lives of all involved. I was up all night reading. Good book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
True love comes once in a lifetime, and it's rare and precious to find such faith. Even after her prison sentence, they got back together - that's love. Regardless of age, and yes, they should've waited, but it's true love, plain and simple. If she didn't really love him, she would've aborted his babies. A slow and painful death to all you narrow-minded, predjudiced, unsympathetic, shallow people - they have every right in the world to be together. Just leave them alone - let them get married and raise their kids, and they'll do it as a team. If they're in love, nothing should keep them apart. It's that simple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um hey are all you guys adults cause i'm not i am 9 and almost 10 . So what are you peeps doing. Tell me what you up to by having your letter tittle be ...Hey peep