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My Dark Vanessa

Russell, Kate Elizabeth

  22 Reviews

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.

Pages
369
Year
2020

Reviews

KATIK 002
12-01-2023
Most found it really dark and didn't finish the book. Some members found it insightful. Big discussion.
CROMW 002
12-01-2023
A dark book which resulted in good discussion.
DUNED 043
12-01-2023
A bit disturbing.
ROTO 006
12-01-2023
People were not that keen on this book, but it certainly generated robust discussion with some stories from members of the group about their experiences.
PALMN 006
12-01-2023
No one really 'enjoyed' this book but felt it was incredibly well-written and very confronting. Lots of discussion. A disturbing read!
RICH 007
12-01-2023
Mixed ratings over this book. About half didn't like the book and the other half found it very interesting. Certainly a very controversial topic which provided a very good discussion. A YouTube interview with the author gave a better insight into the story and her ideas when writing the book.
GREYT 003
16-05-2022
An easy read. An interesting insight into a world most of us know nothing about. Contemporary.
MAST 003
05-05-2022
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.
WHITBY 003
27-04-2022
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.
CHCH 395
22-04-2022
A very powerful book. Hard to read at times due to the content, but very well-written. Would recommend it.
AUCK 272
02-03-2022
Interesting book. Very tough to read, but a very interesting perspective. Great discussion. Good book notes, going into the controversy surrounding the author. Harrowing.
TIMAR 013
02-03-2022
Challenging subject but fabulous discussion.
AUCK 248
12-01-2022
A very dark and disturbing book. At times a difficult read, and a hard book to say you enjoyed.
WELL 094
30-11-2021
It was not a favourite but we had some pretty intense discussion.
TAUR 016
26-11-2021
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.
DUNED 015
17-11-2021
People thought this book very well-written, and explained the psychology of the participants in detail.
NEWP 014
27-10-2021
So well-written and thought provoking. Good discussion.
CHCH 268
15-10-2021
Read by 3/10 of the group. A robust discussion and an eye opener for some!
CHCH 051
06-08-2021
Very diverse opinions; loved or disliked the book. Well-written.
AUCK 412
14-07-2021
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.
ROTO 013
31-05-2021
A very interesting and thought provoking read.
WHANG 022
16-04-2021
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.