Mar 28, 2015

Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre

Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Lara finds her soulmate. There’s just one problem – he’s her teacher.

Lara’s life is far from perfect, but being an upbeat kind of person she saves her venting for her diary. It’s the only place she can let out her true feelings about the family dramas and hideous bullying she has to face every day.

And then a shining light comes out of the darkness – the new young and MALE teacher, Mr Jagger. The one person who takes Lara seriously and notices her potential. The one person who is kind to her. The one person who she falls madly and hopelessly in love with. The one person who cannot love her back … can he?

Source

I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Review


Lara's having a terrible time at school. She has no friends and everybody hates her. Even her best friend has abandoned her so she could be more popular. Both the girls from her school and the boys from the school nearby are making Lara’s life a living hell. Lara is a beautiful and smart girl who has a lot of potential. At home she can’t talk about her problems, because her parents are spending every penny they have on fees for Lara’s education. Because she has to express herself somehow she’s writing down everything that’s happening to her in her diary. 

Lara’s life changes when a new teacher has been assigned to her school. His name is Mr Jagger and he’s gorgeous. He’s in his early twenties and all the girls at school are falling for him. He’s noticing something isn’t right in Lara’s life straight away and he’s trying to include her in afterschool activities, so he can get to know her better. Lara falls head over heels for her teacher, but he's her teacher so he can’t love her back. While the bullying is getting worse, Lara’s relationship with Mr J is becoming closer. Will Lara and the teacher she loves so much have a chance together?

Me and Mr J is a book that covers a serious topic, bullying. I think the author has written about it in an honest, raw and beautiful way. Sometimes the story made me cry, because it was so real and so intense. I love it when a book can make me feel something so deeply. Lara is such a fabulous girl and it’s horrible that nobody at school can see that. Mr J is her teacher, but he’s so much more. A relationship between a high school student and a teacher isn’t right, but because Lara doesn’t have much happiness in her life I wanted nothing more than for her to feel good about herself for a change. 

A student teacher relationship isn’t an easy topic to write about, it’s quite delicate. I think Rachel McIntyre has written about it in such a sensitive way. I’m impressed with how she handles it. She lets her readers feel so many conflicting emotions. The ending is really good and it made me see the story in a different light once again. I liked the effect the author creates with it. This isn’t an easy read and it’s definitely a book that will make the reader think, I think it’s brilliant.

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