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Teach Me What happens when a teacher ends a love affair with his student She goes batshit crazy But not in a way that's at all interesting or entertaining or even particularly sympathetic Last night when I was finishedI thought maybe 2 or 3 stars but the it sits with me the I find myself thinking about it All I do know is that the writers words are the bulk of this 4 stars The heartbreak and complete unraveling of Nine made me ache Did I think a seventeen year old would have much of this dialogue with themselves No I don't However Nine is articulate introspective than most seventeen year olds Plus her feelings of first love which is actually of first obsession and then first heartbreak are palpable in such a devastating way you can't help but think that the writing is brilliantI don't condone a relationship between a teacher and student I'm not going to debate the ethics of teacher getting into a relationship with an almost 18 year old student It was an abuse of power no matter which way you paint it but unlike a lot of stories that sensationalize such relationships this book was different Even in the media when a story comes out about a student teacher affair it's often painted as sexual fling between an innocent teen and irresponsible adult However the relationship between Nine and Mr Mann goes far beyond a teacher student fling There is mutual interests mutual consideration and the way these characters are written the relationship isn't sensationalized in the least I believe they truly loved each other I think he meant his words to her and when the time came for him to make a choice he choose what he felt was 'best' for all involved Could he have been lying and screwing around the whole time Of course But I don't think that was the case I truly felt that MrMann hated himself for what was happening and for that I think he will live with regret for the rest of his lifeMy real issues lie with Nine's detached parents who seem to have little idea of who their daughter is and just how much trouble she is She unravels before their very eyes andnothing Mr Mann learnssee's first hand her breakdown and while there are half hearted attempts to help it wasn't enough for this devastated girl I just don't know if so many people could turn a blind eye when this girl is literally screaming for help It seemed unrealistic to me It's hard for me to think this is a YA book The emotions attached to it are even hard for me as an adult to digest I do know this I remember my first heartbreak and it was awful Howeveryou learn and grow from it and by the time you're an adult you are better emotionally ready to deal with the blows Nine never had that chance As much as we says 'age doesn't matter' in this case it truly did She was not ready to be in an adult relationship when the guy turns out to be not who she thought he was I don't knowit was all so very sad but the saving grace wasI think Nine will be fine So Yeah Still processing I think it's a thought provoking read balancing what you think is 'right' and 'wrong' and ultimately it was so painfully beautifully I can't help but want others to read it My heart still aches a day later I'm sorry I try to avoid saying it when I can but this book was terrible Completely disappointing because at the beginning I thought it had a lot of potential but it was completely rushed and unbelievable and at the end completely crazyPoints of interest1 The writing style from the beginning was odd It felt very unfinished and even frantic when what we needed was some sort of clarity I'm not sure it was smart to start in the middle of the affair and not explain anything until later2 I did not like that his name was Mr Mann I'm not sure what she was trying to say about men with that name I also thought Carolina's nickname Nine was distracting than helpful to understanding her character Though I did like how she felt like she was just a number to him3 Why was the whole thing with Alicia treated like such a mystery and almost like it was something horribly bizarre I pretty much figured she was pregnant but the way they were going on about it I thought there must be something else4 The last half of the book is completely absurd I almost thought maybe it was supposed to be satire except we really had no warning of that I thought it was supposed to be serious and clearly the publisher thought that too did they even read this before they decided to publish it5 The paintball pistol OMG shocker scene Seriously WTF That was cheap I don't mind that Carolina was trying to shock the people at the poetry reading but the fact that Nelson was clearly trying to shock the reader That was just bad6 Carolina was completely off her rocker Now I don't have a problem with crazy characters; in fact I like them But her insanity seemed to come from nowhere And sometimes she really acted 12 instead of 17187 I didn't believe her relationship with Mr Mann either especially at the beginning The pacing was way off Even if in real life it was that fast we need to believe that I didn't I kept wondering why they were together and all Mr Mann kept saying was I've never done this before but you're just so different Which told me nothing Also the details were kind of fuzzy at the beginning I couldn't really tell if they were sleeping together or not but then on her 18th birthday it was clearly their first time together and from what I understood of Carolina she was a virgin before but they didn't linger in that moment at all and Nelson treated it like it was no big deal This was handled even worse here than in How It's Done8 I don't even remember the ending any but I think it was abrupt9 I did kind of like Schuyler He was the best part I think some of his scenes near the end with Carolina were bravely written and emotionally honest and I like that But at the same time they didn't completely work in the context of the story in my opinion10 The person who designed the book did not give enough thought to the subheadings The font was too light and hard to read and because they were right justified I just ignored them and never read themGrade C I just want to comment that I am not one of those people who thinks student teacher relationships are wrong or disturbing That is unless the student is a minor obviously or if the student is at that time in the teacher's class mostly because it's unfair to those students who are not sleeping with the teacher I just wish someone would write a straight up serious story with such a relationship that isn't borderline ridiculous I love Blue Angel but that one is clearly a satire and the rest have been either unbelievable or presented as a message story in my opinion Maybe I am just too old but I really didn't like this book at all I force myself to read all the way to the end of any book I start because I feel like you really never know but at the end of this book I just wished I had a time machine to go back before I bought it I think that yes obviously when you write a book it is going to reflect your personally somewhat but while I was reading this book I couldn't help but feeling like the author wanted to include ALL her interests to an extreme It was written like it was MEANT to feel really intense to draw you in and make you feel what the character Nine was feeling but it missed the mark for me I like books where I can relate even so when I can relate to someone I wouldn't normally think I could relate to a book that I understand in a way that makes me uestion my OWN sanity The insanity of the character Nine just made me feel embarrassed for her And embarrassed to be reading the book in the first place Carolina Nine Livingstone an apt name for the daughter of a physicist takes a poetry unit for her last semester of high school thinking it will give her a broader scope on life It does that all right For while Nine has plenty of smarts she's not so accomplished when it comes to relationships Nine falls for the new poetry teacher hard and fast and it isn't long until Mr Mann begins to respond to Nine's hankering to be taughtWhat surprised me when I picked this book up from the library shelf was the number of glowing reviews this book received in its year of publication 2005 not only from bloggers and authors but from librarians With its provocative title and subject matter I expected titillation from Teach Me perhaps even smut But how smutty can a book be if the Iowa City School District gives it the Best Young Adult Literature AwardThe writing in Teach Me is exuisite Incomparable Utterly original I'm finding it hard to write anything but platitudes right now The writing is razor sharp but never miserly; stuffed full of science and historical anecdotes but never tedious; emotional but never ever cliched; extreme but never cringe worthyI think how I'm feeling can be best summed up by Nine herself There is not a name for what I'm feeling There is no description for it To call it yearning would be like calling the ocean water Whatever this thing is it shoves you inside itself and you can't measure its boundaries because they go too far and you don't have enough time Or you move toward the boundaries and they move away There has been an earthuake in my life Catastrophic civilization endingThis book is shocking haunting erotic beautiful It will make your throat ache with its sheer perfection This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced an overpowering out of the universe crush on a High School teacher Unless you have an abnormally profound passion for Astronomy the intensity of a teenage girl’s emotional spectrum or simply like the idea of Emily Dickinson on Seville Marmalade I would probably not recommend you to read this book and rather run screaming to Mongolia Fortunately I think most of us can relate to that High School moment when Mr X came sweeping through the classroom door and The Police started echoing through the biology lessons for circa the rest of the year No Not Just me Oh heads for Mongolia Nine our beloved protagonist is intense The novel is basically a stream of consciousness print out from the mind of this INTENSE science addicted INTJ too smart for her own good teenage girl And she knows it She knows just about everything That is until a certain Mr Mann comes sweeping “don’t stand don’t stand don’t stand so close to me” and her senses are blown into the depths of the Sombrero Galaxy Luckily for Nine Mr Mann doesn’t seem to listen much to Sting and is actually willing to sacrifice his cholesterol levels sky rocketing just to be with her There is passion there is marmalade there are Alabaman fields and there is intensity Until there isn’t and Nine is left as pretty much just a number With marmalade though thank heavens because things get a little intense I loved this book and yes – I can relate to the main character Not only because we could probably spend years discussing the best teacher stalking strategies but because I could sing right along to Nine’s introverted raw and original voice I love the writer’s exaggerated ironic humor and especially his extraordinary way of describing Alabaman architectural styles Also being a geeky science chick myself I like the references to Astronomy and physics The book is easy to read though not always easy to follow and will definitely stir your teacher crush hormones if that’s something you can relate to If not – hwell visit your nearest teachers’ lounge and see for yourself Teach Me invites readers inside an experience that fascinates everyone— An affair between a teacher and student —and gives an up close and personal answer to the uestion How does this happenThe hardcover edition of Teach Me was a Booksense Fall 2006 Kid’s Pick a TeenReadscom Best Book of 2005 and a selection for the 2006 NYPL Books for the Teen Age Novels about teacherstudent affairs always both repulse intrigue me especially YA novels The first one I read was Gone by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson about a post graduation summer fling between a male senior and his pretty young former teacher The story was crushingly sad overtly sexual it had an overall half baked feeling to it unable to compensate for such a disturbing depressing story with stellar writing Teach Me reverses the genders sets the story during the school year without really addressing the complexity of that situation The story is no less unsettling depressing than that of Gone but Nelson compels the reader through the whole miserable journey alongside a charming endearing narrator whom I just wanted to hug through most of the novelCarolina's voice manically ranging from clever to crazed as the affair progresses ends is combined with an entertaining suspenseful mystery style plot to create a readable story about a reprehensible relationship than anything like a young adult Lolita Nelson even has a touch of that Nabokov ian fourth wall humor Carolina's first very taboo lover is appropriately named Mr MannBut the overall test is whether or not I would feel comfortable putting this in a classroom library I'm still on the fence Like some risue young adult lit I have a feeling that certain students could read Teach Me handle the subject matter but not all readers are sophisticated enough for this in high school Language tone are clearly young adult oriented but including this book in a classroom library comes down to this is the story Nelson tells strong enough that the reader won't get lost in the passion excitement of the taboo relationship depicted in the novel I don't have an answer to that but I can say that Nelson does with Teach Me what Johnson could not uite make happen with Gone I'd recommend this novel over that to any reader adult or teen See I enjoyed this and felt it was well written but the resolution at the end was just way to abrupt Every once in awhile I allow myself the luxury of writing a short review This is one of those timesRA Nelson's Teach Me starts out smarter than the YA level that it seems hellbent on lowering itself to Nelson does an excellent job at the outset capturing the mindset of a nerdy gawky high school girl who has fallen in love with her English teacher The book seems credible up to and slightly beyond the point where the affair is consummated but then becomes annoying in the second half as Carolina's desperation for some kind of closure leads to increasingly outlandish situations Nelson allows the protagonist the conceit of the asexual wisecracking eunuch male best friendsidekick Schuyler yes as in Skyler; might as well have named him Percy Peabody or something of the type who only exists in fiction and who I suppose is meant to prove that young boys can be good eggs but which merely turns Schuyler into a bit of an insulting cipher Nelson's unfortunate way with names extends to the name of the teacher Mr Mann YeahRA Nelson by the way is a dude which RA and the publisher seem to go to great lengths to obfuscate via the virtually non existent author bio and lacking photo Maybe they thought it would hurt credibilitysales 2016 note I read this in 2011 and five years later actually have zero recollection of anything about it no memories no images no impressions no feelings whatsoever that have lingeredkrky with very slight fixing in 2016

  • Teach Me
  • R.A. Nelson
  • 18 July 2016
  • 9783473352623

About the Author: R.A. Nelson

RA Nelson's work was selected as a finalist for National Public Radio's list of the Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written He was chosen a Horn Book Newcomer and his books have been nominated to the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list and recognized by the Parents' Choice Awards the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list Booksense Kid Picks the Miami Herald Best Books of the