to @kateelizabethrussell on the release of Forgive my tardiness on this but I’ve been busy cleaning, grocery shopping (without hoarding, thank you very much), and isolating. 🤪
The affair between Vanessa and her 42 year old high school English teacher, Jacob, began when she was just 15 years old. Decades later, Vanessa still believes that he truly loved her, so when other students step forward and accuse him of sexual abuse, she is unable to reconcile the two very different experiences. “When we’re together, it feels as though the dark things inside me rise to the surface and brush against the dark things inside you.” I found this book riveting, thought provoking, controversial, dark… and very difficult to put down. My heart broke for Vanessa as she lived in such deep denial for so long.
Location: Portland, Maine
I won an advance copy of this book in an Instagram giveaway from @leah.decesare. All opinions are my own.