Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher. She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student. Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that. Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.
I’ve been struggling to write a review of this book for days. I requested it from the library months ago and had been looking forward to reading it. I don’t know what it was but I just didn’t connect with it at all. The storyline is one which I normally enjoy and I generally devour these kind of books. The story was good but the writing style wasn’t for me. The book was told in the past and present but the past chapters were crazy long and the chapters told in the present were much much shorter. This made the whole book feel disjointed. I think sometimes the way an author writes just doesn’t draw you in and that was the situation here. I found myself tuning out and not focusing on the book. I was not looking forward to picking it up and reading it. It just wasn’t for me.