Love Lessons Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. Forced to wear Mum's odd hand-made garments and forbidden from reading teenage magazines, they know they're very different to 'normal' girls. But when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue suddenly discovers what it's like to have a little freedom.
Sent to a real school for the first time, Prue struggles to fit in. The only person she can talk to is her kindly, young and handsome art teacher, Rax. They quickly bond, and Prue feels more and more drawn to him. As her feelings grow stronger, she begins to realise that he might feel the same way about her. But nothing could ever happen between the, could it?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 9 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||20 November 2006|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 47,139 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
740 in Children's Books on Emotions & Feelings (Books)
766 in Children's Books on School
1,045 in Contemporary Romance for Young Adults
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I looked at all the positive review and there were all these parents and grandparents giving it to their child or grandchild without actually looking at the contents of this book. So please dont give this to a younger child as it may mess up their concept of love. No it is not ok to have a relationship with your overage teacher who has a wife and two kids. But younger children are gonna grow up thinking that it is ok. But eithed way, if it is even meant for teens, they have higher standards than that.
In my opinion, the main character is unlikeable. I just coudnt justify any of her actions, like spending the £60, and most of the time i just felt bad for her. I could only bring myself to like her sister Grace, who is constantly being fat shamed by her dad and teased by Prudence. I even hated Mr Rax, who cheated on his wife with a 14 year old girl and got away scot free. He also encouraged their unhealthy relationship.
Overall, i think parents should pay more attention to what their child is exposed to. But if your going to read this, then you should be 13+ but i dont think you would take it seriously. For youngerf kids, i would reccomend you would read better jw books or maybe something else like the hunger games to have better standards in book taste.
From an irrelevant 12 year old
I read this when it was first released and then re-read it recently. The lead character 14 year old Prudence and her younger sister Grace has been raised in an Amish-like existence by a cruel overbearing father who insists on home-schooling them. He has a stroke and the two sisters are forced to attend the local comp. Whilst Grace makes friends quickly, Pru is a loner and bullied by her classmates. The only person who she connects with is her art teacher Mr Raxbury (Rax) and she falls for him.
In my memory, it had been a one-sided crush and Pru had imagined the whole love affair- which would have been a great balance between teen fantasy and harsh reality. However Rax reciprocates her feelings- even though the book portrays Pru as the one who pushes the romance, he starts with the inappropriate suggestion that she should babysit his children and that he should drive her home afterwards. The book is dated in its depiction of student-teacher romance as forbidden love rather than grossly inappropriate behaviour by a teacher (she's not only his pupil, she's underage), particularly as the girl is already vulnerable. Pru is heartbroken when the relationship (which stops at the kissing stage but still!) ends and the book offers no glimmer of hope that she will move on from the hurt, whilst Rax is able to continue teaching!
Jacqueline Wilson has always tackled tough themes and it's difficult to intervene to point out that Rax is being grossly inappropriate because the book is told in first person and Pru is so sheltered that she still sees it as romantic. However considering that tweens will be reading this (yes it is recommended for older readers but the cover looks no different from her young readers books), it would be right for Jacquline Wilson to acknowledge that it is abusive in an afterword or introduction as plenty of tweens/teens would see it as a dream come true that their crush on their teacher became a reciprocated romance!
If you are a parent, it makes a good talking point to have a discussion about why it is inappropriate but just a shame that Rax is still portrayed as a 'nice guy' and Pru is made out to be the person who makes all the moves.
The book is not all about the romance though, thankfully. Pru's isolation really resonated strongly and the character of the father is scarily convincing as a psychological abuser. People have complained that the book is fatshaming because Pru comments on her sister's/mother's weight- well, it's told in the first person POV and people have non-PC thoughts. Grace is also more popular than her sister and more comfortable in herself.
I do think that the book is worth a read- probably 13-16, unless you have a very mature 11 or 12 year old- but if you are the parent, best to have a conversation with your child after they've read it.
So, I am a huge fan of JW. I have been reading her books for as long as i can remember. But this book, was a complete disappointment.
So, to summarise the story;
A 14 year old girl has been homeschooled, her dad is strict and she has no friends. But her dad has a stroke. Now shes in school. There is a teacher. An art teacher, to be exact.
Now, the girl (Pruedence) realizes she has a crush on a teacher, aka mr raxberry. then she babysits his kids, and now this is where it goes downhill.
first, rax has a wife. a WIFE. and guess what? he decides to choose a 14 year old over his wife. as the story progresses,their relationship becomes more and more disturbing. also something else i dont get. they decide to expell a victim of pedophilia, but then keeps a groomer in the school? if anything, i would fire the teacher! this book would be better if it was used to spread awareness about grooming/pedophilia. but no. jw decides to put a good idea down the drain.
now excuse my little rant, thanks :)