Sunday, 1 February 2015

Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre

Me and Mr J
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?

I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Electric Monkey in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinions.

Me and Mr J is about Lara, who in the midst of family struggles, gets a new English teacher. As her relationship develops from teacher-pupil into a friendship, Lara starts to feel that Mr Jagger is the only person who really understands her. 

I love how Me and Mr J wasn't only about a romantic relationship between a pupil and teacher, but also covered other topics that we need to be more aware of in society. For example; bullying, divorce, and feeling cut off from family as a teenager. Lara feels that her parents don't really understand or try to understand her, let alone listen to what she has to say, it was so interesting to see how that every little problem contributed to this growing relationship between Lara and her teacher.

Lara could be seen to be really naive, as she doesn't really mature until the very end of the book. The way that no major character development happened throughout the majority of the book was great as it showed the surge of realisation and acknowledgement that what she was doing was wrong. 

The main thing I appreciated in Me and Mr J was how love overpowered common sense. Lara and her teacher were past a point where they were so in love that they didn't even know that what they were doing was completely wrong anymore. One of the key things that I noticed when reading this was the case of who the responsibility lay with, and it was great to see a stronger, resolute Lara realise that she wasn't the only person to blame. 

Me and Mr J was a quick, clever, informative read that I highly recommend you pick it up.

Holly x

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