Book 7: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Finished in a seriously quick amount of time, My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell is the first book of the year that I gave 5-stars to. Seriously good reads. The book was purchased directly for this prompt and I don’t regret it at all.

The story is told at two different times, from the same character, flipping from her struggles to adapted to real life as a 32 year old woman, to the 15-year-old girl, who begins a life-long relationship with her English Teacher. Each chapter telling a different part to the story until they both collide at the end of the book.

Its a very controversial story and it has gotten mixed reviews, mostly loved. The people who criticize it are the probably the ones who also ban Harry Potter for witchcraft. A story about a minor girl and an older man has been told many, many times. The book references Lolita quite often. What I liked about this book, was not just about the affair and what happened as if the author glorified the relationship. The story focuses on the after effects and the PTSD that the victim, who doesn’t feel like a victim deals with every day of her life.

One of the lines at the end of the story where she states “It has to be a love story.” is one of the saddest moments in the book. I friggin’ balled my eyes out.  Definitely worth the read if you can get past your morals.

STARTED: January 24, 2021
FINISHED: January 25, 2021

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