Title: My Dark Vanessa
Authors: Russell, Kate Elizabeth
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 369
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Vanessa Wye is convinced that her relationship with Jacob Stane was based on mutual love, even if she was only 15 when it started and Jacob was her 42-year-old English teacher.

Now, years down the track as the #MeToo movement gains momentum and Jacob is accused of sexual abuse by other former students, Vanessa is forced to revisit her experiences and make sense of what really happened.

A riveting page-turner... dark... disturbing... provocative.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It's a page turner. I consumed it in a weekend and it consumed me for days afterwards."

"It is raw and seems so real - you can feel her pain."

"An excellently told tale of teenage sexuality."

"It keeps the reader spellbound for nearly 400 pages."

"This book could upset those who have experienced sexual abuse."

"A timely narrative with the Me Too movement."

"Thought-provoking in that it forces the reader to consider how the grooming process works."

"This book had quite an impact on me. I have rethought my attitude to the MeToo movement."

"Some will struggle with the sexual content."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Morals/Ethics, Psychology, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2022 Titles


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By: CHCH 268 2021-10-15 09:21:08
Read by 3/10 of the group. A robust discussion and an eye opener for some!

By: CHCH 051 2021-08-06 14:28:24
Very diverse opinions; loved or disliked the book. Well-written.

By: AUCK 412 2021-07-14 20:23:44
One of our members didn't finish the book, due to the subject matter, which affected our rating of it. But we had a deep discussion and all wondered whether she was actually encouraging or definitely a victim. We found the ending rather weak but otherwise a very good, well-written boook on an extremely delicate subject.

By: ROTO 013 2021-05-31 13:04:41
A very interesting and thought provoking read.

By: WHANG 022 2021-04-16 11:30:43
Those of us who read it felt squeamish at times, and fully admired the reality the author brought to her beautiful writing. Others never read this book due to its focus on sexual trauma.

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