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.

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


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By: GREYT 003 2022-05-16 11:23:23
An easy read. An interesting insight into a world most of us know nothing about. Contemporary.

By: MAST 003 2022-05-05 14:48:14
We found it very confronting, disturbing, and in many parts, alarming. A must read for parents with teenage girls! It was well-written, and a very good discussion for the evening.

By: WHITBY 003 2022-04-27 16:48:59
We all agreed it was a brilliantly well-written novel. It seems like a real story, and you are with the victim's thinking all the way. The book generated much discussion. Not a comfortable read with distressing subject matter. Unfortunate that the font is so small.

By: CHCH 395 2022-04-22 15:03:25
A very powerful book. Hard to read at times due to the content, but very well-written. Would recommend it.

By: TIMAR 013 2022-03-02 13:00:35
Challenging subject but fabulous discussion.

By: AUCK 272 2022-03-02 11:18:31
Interesting book. Very tough to read, but a very interesting perspective. Great discussion. Good book notes, going into the controversy surrounding the author. Harrowing.

By: AUCK 248 2022-01-12 11:28:59
A very dark and disturbing book. At times a difficult read, and a hard book to say you enjoyed.

By: WELL 094 2021-11-30 13:44:02
It was not a favourite but we had some pretty intense discussion.

By: TAUR 016 2021-11-26 14:20:56
We all seemed to agree on this. A very compelling story but not really enjoyable. The author was somehow able to get into the mind of the teenager, but I kept hoping she would wake up and see what he was doing to her. No, that wasn't the case, and she seemed to struggle to get over the experience. Well-written.

By: DUNED 015 2021-11-17 12:58:14
People thought this book very well-written, and explained the psychology of the participants in detail.

By: NEWP 014 2021-10-27 10:12:04
So well-written and thought provoking. Good discussion.

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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