14-year-old Sarah Clark meets Daniel Carr, her 38-year-old English teacher and is caught up with a torrid love affair and violent obsession. Sarah uses her love for literature to bind Daniel’s affection which eventually leaves her for his family.
After their dramatic separation, Sarah is struggling to solve the pieces of her complicated life from the consequences of her actions. And if that’s not enough, she uses sex and sleeps with anyone in an attempt to satisfy her emotional and physical longings she still felt for Daniel. Fast forward seven years, Mr. Carr reenters Sarah’s life and things go from bad to worse. The story is very engaging and exciting though at most times I pity the main character for she has to do things for self-destruction. I guess when we’re not that mature enough; we tend to be impulsive and do things we want without the thought of its consequences. Solitude also makes us engage in situations we could easily pass for when we have our usual company.
I like the author’s style for she uses poetry in her prose, plus her engaging storyline makes this one a good read. Though I can’t say this one’s pretentious and coats erotica with literature, there are passages in the novel which makes other books with the same category trashy. All in all, the novel tries to answer the human foibles concerning our feelings for someone we love. Is sexual activity a justification for our love or are they different and should not be merging? Can we love someone without having the thought in mind?
The book is labeled as a modern Lolita. A good read.