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My Dark Vanessa Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet na ve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen year old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty two year old English teacherAmid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager and who professed to worship only her may be far different from what she has always believed Alternating between Vanessa s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield Thought provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural s transforming our relationships and society itself

10 thoughts on “My Dark Vanessa

  1. says:

    How do you best write about a fictional love affair between a teacher and a 15 year old student that is actually a predatory relationship There are no easy answers to that question but that is what happens in My Dark Vanessa which alternates between 2000 and 2017 as we see how Vanessa Wye is groomed and then raped by her teacher Jacob Strane We see the repercussions she must deal with as an adult who does not allow herself to re

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    I think we re very similar, Nessa, he whispers From the way you write, I can tell you re a dark romantic like me You like dark things3 1 2 stars I really really want to give this book a higher rating, but I cannot justify it when it is almost twice as long as it needed to be My Dark Vanessa has many powerful moments It s a discomfiting, horrible story about an adult woman reevaluating the relationship she had with her English teacher

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    Come and be worshipped, come and be caressed My Dark Vanessa, crimson barred, my blest My Admirable butterfly Explain How could you, in the gloam of Lilac Lane, Have let uncouth, hysterical John ShadeBlubber your face, and ear, and shoulder bladeFrom the poem Pale Fire by NabakovVanessa Wye is thirty two years old, working a dead end hotel job in Portland, Maine, and attending grief counseling therapy following the death of her father Sh

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    Truth I started this book so many times and after few pages, I felt suffocated, my stomach churned, sharp pain twisted my heart and I dropped it This happened several times and I tried to gather my wits, wear my big girl s pants and breathe in breathe out several times deeply And I started again This is most disturbing, painful, heart bleeding, psychologically consuming, complex, soul crushing, life changing story I ve been lately read It s ha

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    Typically when I finish a book, the best case scenario is that I jot down a few notes for the future me who is desperately trying to alchemize fading away thoughts into a review These helpful and compelling insights include phrases like beautiful writing I don t like the characters At first this was hard to get into but then I enjoyed it You know The kind of bring the house down literary criticisms that have the world s finest book reviews and news

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    Thank you, William Morrow, for a finished copyThis was one of the hardest books I ve ever read I hope to be able to write a full review soon, but I will say that the ending might feel really heartbreaking and disappointing, but that is because we live in a heartbreaking and disappointing reality There is no wrong way to heal and live through horrible things that were done to you, and there is no time limit either Youtube Instagram Twitter Blog Spotify

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    Year 2000Vanessa, 15 years of age, grew up in a quiet small town in Maine on Whalesback Lake She attended Browick High School a boarding schoolcouple hours away from her home Too young to drive her mother usually drove her to school and picked her back up to come home during holiday breaks Early in the book I wondered if Vanessa s mother had serious reasons to worry about her daughter s basic state of well beingor if the mother was just being a typical mom m

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell is a 2020 William Morrow publication A powerful novel and one of the most disturbing books I ve ever read Before reading this review, be aware I made up my mind about any gray areas concerning consent this novel addresses For me, there are no gray areas Fifteen year old girl forty two year old man and a figure of authority Please This is a str

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    My Dark Vanessa is a dark, deeply disturbing and unsettling novel that captures the zeitgeist of our contemporary realities of the MeToo movement, looking at the complexities and emotional repercussions of a love affair between a lonely schoolgirl, anxious, suffering the loss of her closest friend, with self esteem issues, desperate for attention, with a much older, manipulative and predatory male who zeroes in on her vulnerabilities This uncomfortable book examines t

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    I completely underestimated how dark this book was actually going to be Clearly the title is an indicator If you didn t catch on from the title, well there is a sensational book description that makes it clear what the subject matter was going to be Yet.I was still deeply disturbed by what I was reading I can t stress how dark, disturbing and difficult this was to read That being said, I could not put this down I am not even sure I can muster the words to give this book th

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