Title: Read Me Like A Book
Author: Liz Kessler
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
This was my first MaximumPop win so I was excited to read and review for them. However, I didn’t enjoy reading this book as much as I thought I would. But before you write this book off because of that comment let me explain. It has nothing to do with the writing. Liz Kessler is a great author who can write realistic and relate-able characters.
Ashleigh Walker has a lot to deal with; college, her parents fighting and falling in love with her teacher. Did I mention that her teacher is a woman? This is story of a young woman discovering who she is and trying to find her way in the world.
I really love the idea of this book, however I think it is aimed at younger readers. Readers who can relate to Ashleigh in a way that I found very difficult. I think this may be because I work in a school myself and found the feelings Ashleigh had for her teacher a little disturbing. Mostly because I couldn’t stop thinking of the consequences the relationship would lead to if it were to happen. It is also partly because I have obviously gone way past my teenage years and did not face any of the struggles Ashleigh did, so found it a little difficult to put myself in her shoes.
But as I said before don’t take this review as a negative one. Just because I couldn’t connect with the story doesn’t mean other readers won’t. I believe a lot of people would enjoy this book, especially teenagers, who I think this is aimed more at. There are many young people who could relate to Ashleigh and even take comfort from her.
Rating – 2.5/5
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