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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Kate Elizabeth Russell (Autor)

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Seventeen years ago, bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye became entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. Now, amid 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?… (més)
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Títol:My Dark Vanessa: A Novel
Autors:Kate Elizabeth Russell (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow Paperbacks (2021), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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My Dark Vanessa de Kate Elizabeth Russell

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The most uncomfortable I've felt in a long time while reading. Not for the faint of heart or people for whom child abuse is a bridge too far. ( )
  nutbrownrose | Jun 15, 2021 |
I found there was nothing easy about reading the well-crafted, intense and complex story that is My Dark Vanessa. Author Kate Elizabeth Russell has reached inside her main character of Vanessa Wye and exposes her inner thought processes, her heartbreak, guilt and self blame for the world to see. This is the story of Vanessa’s abuse told from Vanessa’s point of view. She is now a thirty-two year old who has settled for a job instead of reaching for a career. Most importantly, she can’t seem to let go or move on from her ex-English teacher and lover, Strane.

The story carries us back and forth from Vanessa at fifteen and then at thirty-two as it explores her relationship or, to put it plainly her abuse by Strane. Currently a number of other past students have come forward with accusations of grooming and sexual abuse against this teacher, but Vanessa stays silent. She struggles with what happened because if she accepts the truth she will have to admit that it wasn’t a love affair, she was being victimized by this man.

My Dark Vanessa is not an easy read, I found I had to take a lot of breaks as it was just too dark and intense at times. Reading of a young girl being trapped in a cycle of self-blame and abuse was emotionally draining. This was a brilliant story of Vanessa, both as a young and innocent school girl and then as a troubled, incomplete adult, impacted by being manipulated by this predator. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 23, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book, I bought a copy for my Kindle.

Story (4/5): The story goes from past to present as Vanessa tries to navigate the beginning of an affair with her teacher (she is 15, he is 42) and the eventual fallout from it. The story is engaging and pulls you forward. You are constantly wondering what decisions the 2017 Vanessa will make and wondering how the 2000 Vanessa got into this strange relationship to begin with. It is a bit confusing at times as to what exactly the other students are accusing Strane of and seeing things through Vanessa’s eyes is intriguing. Vanessa is constantly justifies a lot of her actions and Strane’s actions with explanations she finds completely logical.

Characters (4/5): The complexity of the characters is what makes this book. Vanessa is obviously permanently scarred from her time with Strane but she also seems like she had issues before she met him. She continues to seek out somewhat dangerous and illicit relationships. She has convinced herself that she chose her relationship with Strane. Strane is obviously creepy and his manipulation of Vanessa is masterfully done, but the author does a decent job of making him a bit grey as well. It’s never really clear whether his relationship with Vanessa was special to him. He never seems to get in quite as deep with other students as he did with Vanessa. There seems to be some mutual self-destruction behavior between the two that add to the overtly pedophilic tendencies that Strane has.

While the characters are well done and intriguing to read about, I didn’t really like any of them. Vanessa is frustrating in her conviction that everything is fine, even when it’s obviously not and her continued self destructive tendencies are annoying. Strane is just flat out creepy. Some of the decisions Vanessa’s parents make are ridiculous and really enable her continued delusions.

Setting (4/5): The setting here is fine but, aside from the fact it takes place in a high school level boarding school, not really the driver behind the story.

Writing Style (4/5): I liked the way the story switches back and forth between the past and the present. We do tend to spend a lot more time in the past. The book was easy to read and engaging. The story felt very unfinished to me and the ending wasn’t all that satisfying. In general while I was engaged in the story, I felt a bit let down and frustrated by how everything was wrapped up.

My Summary (4/5): Overall this was an interesting read that kept me engaged. I’ve read a lot of weird stuff so (while this wasn’t a fun or comfortable read) I didn’t find it all that sensationalist or shocking. It definitely doesn’t leave you feeling happy but more slightly nauseous at the things these characters did to each other. I was disappointed in how things were wrapped up, but it did match the non-committal tone of the rest of the story very well. This was decently written and I plan on checking out some of Russell’s other books at some point. ( )
  krau0098 | Apr 23, 2021 |
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The Story of fifteen year old Vanessa Wye and her affair with her forty two year old English teacher Jacob Strane. Starting in 2000 when the affair began and 2017 when allegation of sexual abuse by Strane emerge.

Masterfully told in alternating times through Vanessa's voice we hear what she went through and how she is coping. The decisions she made, could make, and does make all affect her personally and change her life.

Overall I found My Dark Vanessa thought provoking, emotional and at times difficult to read. Kate Elizabeth Russell touches a controversial subject in a way that is understandable and (at times) heartbreaking. I recommend to those over 18 due to some graphic content. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Apr 21, 2021 |
This is unlike anything I've ever read before.
This book cut me. It's stayed lingering in my mind. ( )
  FernForest | Apr 19, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 75 (següent | mostra-les totes)
En helstøpt, sitrende og akkurat passende ubehagelig Metoo-roman, som lugger deg i din moralske hjerterot.

«Min mørke Vanessa»: En historie om forbudt kjærlighet?

Nei. Eller jo. Men nei.

Mens jeg som leser røres inn i en grumsete grøt av lengsel, erotikk, løgner og manipulasjon, blir jeg likevel i tvil til tider. For hvor går egentlig grensen mellom overgrep og destruktiv kjærlighet? Hva er definisjonen på maktmisbruk, og når og hvordan gjelds prinsippet om samtykke? Ikke minst: Hvem er dommerne som definerer?
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Seventeen years ago, bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye became entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. Now, amid 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?

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