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Precocious In Precocious, Joanna Bernard s protagonist, Fiona Palmer, has never forgotten her first love She was just fourteen, a bright but lonely girl, when she developed a crush on her handsome and attentive English teacher, Henry Morgan, and the two plunged head long into an all consuming affair Fiona is now thirty and when a chance meeting with Henry highlights the mediocrity of her marriage and career, she abandons both to recapture the passion and excitement of their once illicit relationship Mov In Precocious, Joanna Bernard s protagonist, Fiona Palmer, has never forgotten her first love She was just fourteen, a bright but lonely girl, when she developed a crush on her handsome and attentive English teacher, Henry Morgan, and the two plunged head long into an all consuming affair Fiona is now thirty and when a chance meeting with Henry highlights the mediocrity of her marriage and career, she abandons both to recapture the passion and excitement of their once illicit relationship Moving between the present and past, Barnard details the evolution of the relationship between Fiona and Henry Fiona s teenage diary entries and recollections reveal her vulnerability and angst, chronicling her schoolgirl crush, and her growing determination to seduce Mr MorganWhen I think about it, I have really sort of worked on him, and I feel like I m getting somewhere In the space of about a year, I ve decided I would get close to him and I have I have got a tiny piece of HM but it gives me hope I will get all of him someday Fiona s second tense present voice details their reunion as adults, her obsessive desire to reignite their relationship and to finally become his legitimate lover, an equal partnerYou are everywhere.HM Your initials I see them in car registrations and my heart skips a beat I seek out the letters H and M in newspapers and draw them together with my eyes HM.Him Him, him, him You, you, you Parasite of my thoughtsBut as the story progresses, Fiona s fairytale notions are slowly stripped away Morgan is revealed as a skilled manipulator, and the ways in which he nurtured and inflamed Fiona s teenage devotion become clear While Fiona has always been convinced she was the instigator of their relationship, learning that she was not the first, nor had been the last, in a long line of student conquests she is forced to reexamine their past, and present, relationship.Barnard s exploration of the relationship is thoughtful, avoiding sensationalism in favour of realism The writing is skilled, with an immediate and intimate tone that draws the reader in.Compelling and provocative, Precocious is a thought provoking story about an unsettling subject I have to admit to being a bit weary of unreliable narrators it seems to be the go to narrative mode for everyone these days The first 80 pages of this book is uneven, a bit muddled in places and jumps about so you have trouble sinking into the story and working out who is who I felt there was a lack of clarity in the writing at the beginning But there is something there in the story that is compelling and keeps you reading even if it is a somewhat tabloidy voyeurism The sections where the I have to admit to being a bit weary of unreliable narrators it seems to be the go to narrative mode for everyone these days The first 80 pages of this book is uneven, a bit muddled in places and jumps about so you have trouble sinking into the story and working out who is who I felt there was a lack of clarity in the writing at the beginning But there is something there in the story that is compelling and keeps you reading even if it is a somewhat tabloidy voyeurism The sections where the main character is supposed to be 14 never quite rang true for me, she felt much older somehow and also the truncated sentences a trend with some writers meant I had to go back and re read to understand what she meant I wonder if people write in this way because it feels immediate or is it because that s how people text each other so it comesnaturally, either way it s a bit like hyperventilating as you read, exciting at first then later uncomfortable and open to misinterpretation The book improves as you go further and the writing becomesconfident, though I never came to care about any of the people involved and I did feel that this lacked a deeper analysis and intelligence to it not in the same league as Notes on A Scandal which is mining the same territory The characterisation is weak and somewhat two dimensional but the events and obessional internal monologue are scurrilous enough to keep many riveted.There are some nice turns of phras, and of course the taboo subject is compelling but by the end of it you re left feeling a bit grubby, as if you ve spent the afternoon listening to gossip about someone you hardly know, yet none the wiser about the people or issue involved or why they did what they did just that they did it and perhaps it s unimportant anyway Nevertheless this is a confident debut Precocious is a story of how Fiona Palmer writes with enthusiasm in her diary on scraps of paper and notebooks.You assume of course, that I kept a diary all those yearsScraps of paper Notebooks I don t know how much of it to believe myself, to be honest Can there be aunreliable narrator than a teenage girl This page turning scandal takes us through how Fiona meets up with her ex school teacher that she used to have a crush on There are some lessons you shouldn t learn in school Precocious is a story of how Fiona Palmer writes with enthusiasm in her diary on scraps of paper and notebooks.You assume of course, that I kept a diary all those yearsScraps of paper Notebooks I don t know how much of it to believe myself, to be honest Can there be aunreliable narrator than a teenage girl This page turning scandal takes us through how Fiona meets up with her ex school teacher that she used to have a crush on There are some lessons you shouldn t learn in school At school fourteen year old Fiona had fallen in love with her teacher Henry Morgan Her crush developed into an intense relationship Fifteen years later married Fiona by chance meets up with her former school teacher again Are they both just becoming friends again or could it plunge intoFiona shares her secret with one of her best friends that she had just met up with her ex teacher Mr Morgan and went for a meal with him and that they kissed But Fiona is supposed to be married even though she thinks that she is unhappily married The reason why Fiona got married to Dave was to protect her from the catalogue of mini disappointments that surrounded her life The story of Precocious is a controversial, compelling debut novel from an award winning writer, Precocious is a Lolita for the modern age.I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a proof copy Hardly any meat and potatoes here Pretty basic age gap romance that doesn t offer anything other than a passable unreliable narrator who repeats herself, probably to fill pages If you are the kind of reader who wants to know what happens next in any book, you would be disappointed with what happens next in this. I find myself unsure how to describe this book It deals with very intense issues in a surprisingly gentle way that s not to say they are downplayed,that it handles them with a delicacy and objective perspective The result is both refreshing and unsettling.The plot unravels gently before you, it doesn t deliver shock or drama in that regard the author deftly offers new information that seems to simply fill in gaps rather than a huge reveal This also lends itself to a pretty subtle ch I find myself unsure how to describe this book It deals with very intense issues in a surprisingly gentle way that s not to say they are downplayed,that it handles them with a delicacy and objective perspective The result is both refreshing and unsettling.The plot unravels gently before you, it doesn t deliver shock or drama in that regard the author deftly offers new information that seems to simply fill in gaps rather than a huge reveal This also lends itself to a pretty subtle character development Despite that I didn t really warm to any of the characters probably only really Mari despite her fairly minor role.The story covers two timelines in Fiona s life, alternating between them fairly evenly As an adolescent she seems to not fit in, and finds solace in her feelings for a teacher As a married woman she seems to have a similar feeling of not quite belonging, and turns her feelings onceto the man who defined her type The plots run alongside each other smoothly, with few anachronistic checks, and a general sense that both could exist without the other, but that they are both richer as a pair.Truly the most laudable aspect of the story remains the manner with which the author doesn t paint the controversial subject matter in sensationalist black and white She exercises restraint in offering up the events being recounted I was surprise how sympathetic the protagonists start out Both slowly reveal the damage inside them The author deftly shows how Fiona has grown from her early experiences, with some powerfully significant aspects presented both sensitively and capably The depth this gave her character was very significant in keeping me engaged Henry offers us a contrasting perspective on how people change over time, and yet it too helped played a big part in keeping me reading.For my taste the book took a while to get started I was almost halfway through before I really felt things were happening, but that is a subjective aspect I was expecting to be a bithooked and compelled to keep reading but unfortunately it didn t have that grip over me That said the book is well written and did offer enough to keep me coming back I thought the ending was delivered well, however a bit like ending a meal after the main course I was satisfied, but I would ve happily had a little extra too It leaves me feeling content having read it, but despite the strengths I think it is unlikely I will return to reread it.A complimentary copy of this book was supplied for review by the publisher as part of the First Reads program The premise of Precocious a twentysomething woman runs into a teacher with whom she had an affair at the age of 14 is tantalising and slots nicely into the domestic thriller oeuvre But the story itself feels much too slight it never really seemed to dig in to the complexities of the emotions involved Rendered in broad strokes, the characters and situations didn t quite jump off the page for me. Precocious by Joanna Barnard Fiona Palmer has a crush on her English teacher, Henry Morgan Who didn t have a crush on a teacher at sometime during one s school life This one is different though very different Fiona feels the connection and Morgan feels it too She is fourteen he is old enough to clich d, but fitting nonetheless Teenage emotions run rife, emotions that are known to us all and superbly verbalised by Barnard in her ability to invade the mind of a girl seeking to be loved Precocious by Joanna Barnard Fiona Palmer has a crush on her English teacher, Henry Morgan Who didn t have a crush on a teacher at sometime during one s school life This one is different though very different Fiona feels the connection and Morgan feels it too She is fourteen he is old enough to clich d, but fitting nonetheless Teenage emotions run rife, emotions that are known to us all and superbly verbalised by Barnard in her ability to invade the mind of a girl seeking to be loved Morgan, on the other hand, is skilled and experienced in luring his willing pupil first to after school consultations and later to extraneous activities of the most licentious kind Years later when they unexpectedly meet again, Fiona is married and still finds the attraction all consuming The reader is convinced Fiona is old enough to control what happens in the complex relationship, but Barnard cleverly provides us with twists and turns, intrigue and antipathy, and the chaos of rational and irrational behaviour when it is least expected Precocious by Joanna Barnard must be at the top of every readers must read list exactly that MUST READ This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This wasn t quite what I expected I thought it would be a littleof a thriller and lighter I wouldn t say it was constantly enthralling, but it was handling a serious issue in a truthful way I think the author did a great job of creating doubt Clearly this man was in the wrong, but how much of it was what Fee wanted and is it possible he really had fallen in love with teenage Fee To even be asking those questions or having those doubts that he was anything other than a predator show ho This wasn t quite what I expected I thought it would be a littleof a thriller and lighter I wouldn t say it was constantly enthralling, but it was handling a serious issue in a truthful way I think the author did a great job of creating doubt Clearly this man was in the wrong, but how much of it was what Fee wanted and is it possible he really had fallen in love with teenage Fee To even be asking those questions or having those doubts that he was anything other than a predator show how well the author wrote this I had a slight problem with the ending I didn t like it I didn t think doing the normal and expected thing with Dave was the same as loving Dave and wanting to be with him Fiona was clearly damaged with no handle on what she actually wanted I never had the feeling she loved Dave like she thought she loved Morgan The story takes a long time to get where it s going and things are reveled very slowly I would have quite liked to see Morgan get what he deserved, but it was implied that was coming It made me sad that so much emotional damage had been done to Fiona and Alice and the others and wonder if they would ever get over it Can there be a unreliable narrator than a teenage girl Fiona Palmer is un happily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her headlong into an affairIntercut with the realities of their adult relationship, Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen year old Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relationship, but it was always one which she controlledOr did she [Read] ➬ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas By Paul W. Zitzewitz – Kleankitchen.co.uk Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen year old Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relationship ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Beautiful Disruption Author G.G. Renee Hill – Kleankitchen.co.uk but it was always one which she controlledOr did she I don t know what to say about this book, it was written really well but I m not sure how I feel about it I didn t really like any of the characters especially fee or Morgan which I suppose is a sign of a good book as sometimes you just don t like the characters Although towards the end I did start to see why fee was the way she was and did highlight how things can be taken out of context and taken advantage of with effects years later or that have been carried around through life It was at t I don t know what to say about this book, it was written really well but I m not sure how I feel about it I didn t really like any of the characters especially fee or Morgan which I suppose is a sign of a good book as sometimes you just don t like the characters Although towards the end I did start to see why fee was the way she was and did highlight how things can be taken out of context and taken advantage of with effects years later or that have been carried around through life It was at time an uncomfortable read highlighting a difficult subject matter which I thought the author did sensitively

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