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3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,657 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
A teacher is supposed to impart a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. It’s a bit different with Ms. Lori Settles. All the kids are talking about how hot she is–and she is especially interested in Ryan Piccoli. When she starts giving Ryan extra attention, he’s feeling more than happy–at first. He’s used to being the class clown, but really he’s a loner. One day aft ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Dec 29, 2008 Jill rated it it was ok
Prey is a story about a female high school history teacher, Ms. Lori Settles who seduces her teenage student, Ryan Piccoli. It alternates between the point of view of three characters: Ryan, Ms. Settles, and Honey, Ryan's longtime friend who is secretly in love with him.

The book gets off to a promising start. We learn from the very beginning that Ryan is intentionally Lori's target. From the very first day of school, she knows that, "he'll be the One" (p. 15). Upon reading this, I felt a chill a
Anna Hakopian t (-_-t)
Lurlene McDaniel is one of those authors you will cherish like having McDonalds and a McFlurry. A delicious but once in a while moment. Almost every bibliophile female has read one of her books at one point in middle school. I constantly find myself feeling nostalgic and reread her books. I am sure I haven't read every one of them but I can't keep up with the ones I already have read. Here is PREY.

McDaniel books follow a simple recipe: young girl gets sick, guy comes into her life, loss and sorr
Sep 16, 2010 Marie rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I was interested in this book because as a child I was a big Lurlene McDaniel fan and this was something outside of her usual stories, so I decided to give it a go. As much as I hate to sound rude, I have to admit, I wish I didn't.

The teacher-student issue is something that isn't often mentioned and not something that people particularly like hearing about. I do admire that Lurlene went out of what she usually writes to talk about something more serious and something not commonly talked about.

Trisha W.
Jan 12, 2010 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
Another great book by Lurlene McDaniel. I always read her books when I was younger and when I read the description for Prey I knew that I had to pick up this book and give Lurlene McDaniel another try now that I am older. And her books are still as good as I remember.
The book starts off with Ryan, he has good friends, does okay in school, and is a well rounded kid. He is good friends with a girl named Honey, and Honey has a crush on him, but Ryan only sees her as a friend. Nothing more. Then com
Jennifer Wardrip
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Bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel has taken a turn from her normally heartbreaking inspirational novels to write something completely different with PREY. This time around, she tackles a once taboo subject head-on -- that of the skewed relationship between a female teacher and her young male student.

Ryan Piccoli is a typical teen. He's fifteen, a freshman in high school, has a close knit group of friends that include Joel and Honey, and a fairly average stud
Aug 03, 2009 Courtney rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mature readers
McMillian High School has a new history teacher, and she causes quite a stir. Lori Settles is young, smart, and sexy. Sporting skin-tight clothing and stiletto heels, she quickly becomes the center of attention for every male in the school. However, she sets her sights on her fifteen-year-old student, Ryan Piccoli. She makes plans to have him-mind, body, and soul. She's developed her plan and executed it perfectly, only she didn't expect someone to find out...

This novel deals with the taboo subj
Jun 20, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-ya-books
I read this book for a YA class last year and this was my review:

A teacher engages in a relationship with a high school student.

I chose this book because it was by an author that I read a lot as a child. I always enjoyed her books but gave them up because they were so short. This book is quite different from her normal type of books about kids with different illnesses. This book is about a woman teacher that seduces a boy in her class. I think she did a good job addressing the s
Jun 10, 2011 Trista rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Ryan Piccoli is your average high-school male. He's smart, good-looking and a class clown. He spends most of his free time hanging out with his two best friends, Honey and Joel. But he's also mostly a loner. His mother is out of his life and his father travels a lot for work, leaving Ryan home alone most days. Then Lori Settles, the new history teacher, enters his life. Sexy, high heel-wearing, cleavage-showing Ms. Settles is the talk of the school and has males of both the student and faculty p ...more
Dec 16, 2010 Chelly rated it really liked it
This was a very short book but it was really stange how it made me feel/think psychologically. It's about a student/teacher relationship, with the perspective rotating between the two involved. The book is really well written and feels very real-- the strange part is not the relationship, but my own opinions on it. When I'm reading from the perspective of Lori Settles (the teacher), it is obvious that this is not the first time she has 'preyed' on highschool students for their sexual innocence a ...more
Jun 28, 2010 bjneary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Lurlene McDaniel certainly takes a departure from her other books with this slim,yet taut morsel about a young teen, Ryan, who catches the eye of a youg, sexy,new social studies teacher in his high school. Each chapter is told from one of the main character's point of view. Ryan, Lori, and Honey all tell this story of a forbidden relationship between a teacher and a young teen. The teacher Lori Settles has unreasolved issues, Ryan has has no mother and a father who travels constantly (he is alon ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
Actual Rating: 2.5

This was an okay read. I just think it was not the book for me. For me, the story dragged, and that made me lose interest in what was happening. I thought the story had promise in the beginning, but then it just got confusing. Therefore, I thought the story was pretty dull.

The characters were okay. I do not think I was able to make a connection with the main characters through most of the story, so I think that made me a bit annoyed. However, I think the major problem I had w
Nov 24, 2008 Chelsea rated it really liked it
I could tell right away that it wasn't a typical book for Lurlene McDaniel. This one is about a young teacher, Ms. Settles, who starts up a relationship with one of her 15 year old students. Hm. And it is told from the point of view of the boy, Ryan, the girl who likes him, Honey, and the teacher. Interesting story, but the teacher wierded me out because I could tell right away from her points of view that she was 'scouting' for someone. I really did enjoy seeing what would happen. Although it i ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Arielle rated it really liked it
First, the things that bothered me:
-Underground Atlanta is not a super-fun place for teenagers with a day off school to hang out, Lurlene.
-High school freshmen typically do not have drivers' licenses. Unless they've been held back.
-They also do not need to take the SATs.
-Or apply for college.
-And aside from these minor quibbles (although, really?), I was frustrated by an author's note (the second in the book!) that gave the impression that only female teachers are predators, and only to male st
Alissa Bach
Not sure if I should even rate this naughty little number...

I came across this while weeding the collection and saw that it hadn't checked out for a few years. As with many libraries, shelf space is at a premium, so I set it aside to possibly weed. I admit I was surprised. Lurlene McDaniel has been writing Fault In Our Stars-esque books since John Green was in elementary school learning his ABCs. Aren't dying young-themed books still in? I admit the cover (red and black) and the title (um, ok) w
John Cornelius
On the surface of this "teen" novel is a controversial subject of a student-teacher relationship; a female teacher-male student relationship to be more precise. It is an issue that is continuous and widespread throughout the United States. Unfortunately, this book does not offer any great insight as to why this occurs. Instead, it offers what the imagination can offer through endless strings of possibilities through fiction writing.

Ryan (male student) becomes infatuated with his high school his
Oct 23, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it

Prey started off like a bad porn. Behold:

Super sexy new history teacher, Ms. Lori Settles, enters the classroom.
Good looking freshman, Ryan Piccoli, makes a witty/funny comment.
The impressed and smitten teacher decides that "he'll be the one". So she plots an elaborate scheme to gain his trust make and him hers.

Despite the clichéd beginning, Prey does a great job at exploring the forbidden student/teacher relationship. It touches upon the psychological reasoning and repercussions of a tea
Aug 07, 2014 Ruju rated it liked it
This book was certainly a fast read for me. I was somewhat disgusted by the subject matter as much as I was with some of the characters. I found it hard to believe that this happens in real life. Lori absolutely disgusted me with the choices (and plans) she made. Ryan (especially in the end) surprised me and I wonder (for the both of them) if their parents had made different choices, would this story have happened at all? I don't even know what I just read, all I know is that I don't have much r ...more
Stacy Fetters
Oct 01, 2015 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it
I've never heard of this author before and someone recommended this book to me.
If you know me, you know that I love reading about student teacher relationships. Don't ask me, I just don't know or understand the fascination. Alright, I just enjoy it and love to see other people's ideas/thoughts on how this all really happens.

Lurlene M. had some new insightful ideas that I have never read before. From the start, it had me going. The teachers p.o.v. was so unique compared to have I have read. And t
Julia McCane-Knox
Feb 25, 2015 Julia McCane-Knox rated it really liked it
Shelves: trc2015
Prey by Lurlene McDaniel is a quick read from the eyes of a teenage boy, his friend, who has a major crush on him, and his extremely sexy teacher. Although this novel isn't very long, McDaniel has compacted much information into these pages. She portrays the minds of these individuals quite realistically, and shows the hardships these characters have experienced; thus, presenting why they act the way the act via a psychological standpoint, albeit vague.

This novel displays acts of lust, which a
Jan 27, 2015 Regina rated it really liked it
This book was very well written and I loved McDaniel's idea of taking the three main characters and telling it from their perspective. It is the forbidden teacher/student relationship told with caution and passion. Although I do agree that this sort of relationship is awful, it does happen and the author did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I also liked how she led the reader in the right direction by showing Lori's dark side and even human side since Ryan had put her on such a hi ...more
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Jan 18, 2016 Lamaya booklit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
I love this book and each time I find something new about the characters. the drama and emotions just fly off the page just so that it really makes you stop and think about the people around you and how we miss the little things I recommend this book to any one and everyone.
Apr 26, 2008 Maria rated it liked it
Wow. Very real, as I read it, I felt as if it could almost be a non-fiction work. The world of teacher's affairs with their
Jun 06, 2008 Rachael rated it liked it
Trashingly awesome. Lurlene McDaniel is my guilty pleasure. I'm way too old to still be reading her books, but I just can't help myself.
Emily Dean
Oct 05, 2014 Emily Dean rated it really liked it
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A young, sexy teacher has a sexual relationship with one of her male students. Maybe it's because I am a teacher, but, ugh. Just, no.

It's a quick page turner with little emotional depth. What bothered me the most was that the author went out of her way to write a note about how much "research" she did before writing this story, but then didn't realize that high school freshmen are 14-15 years old, unless they have been held back. That detail made it hard for me to suspend disbelief. They would n
Katherine  Williams
Aug 27, 2015 Katherine Williams rated it it was ok
Before reading Prey, I was familiar with Lurlene McDaniel’s work, as I have read a couple of her novels before. I usually like her style of writing. From my understanding, this novel handles a topic and writing style that McDaniel never worked with before. And unfortunately, you can tell that she took a big risk with this story. I did like this book, but I felt like there were a lot of errors, including the point of view, which is told through three different characters.

Prey stars a high school
Jul 20, 2014 Cait rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Pros- This book goes FAST. The pacing is great and you're never bored. Obviously the subject matter is disturbing which makes it intriguing which makes the book fly by.

Cons- Everything else. The first thing I noticed that really bothered me was that the story is written in present tense. Usually I have no preference about tense at all but this was really awkward and made the phrasing very weird, I didn't like it.

Second, the book is told from three perspectives. Ryan, th
Kristen Lemaster
Jan 03, 2013 Kristen Lemaster rated it did not like it
When I was eleven-ish years old, Lurlene McDaniel was without a doubt my favorite author, and there's a reason Garden of Angels is still one of my favorite books. That was nine years ago, though, and it breaks my heart a little to realize she hasn't grown as a writer. She admits that this book is an obvious departure from what she usually writes (about love and death and how one makes the other beautiful), but the language just does not work at all. Her usual imagery is completely absent, her us ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-teen

Unique, beautifully grotesque, and cataclysmic. This book takes some very interesting turns, pitching the reader between being grossed out and engrossed. The subject alone- teacher sleeping with student- is one that makes the majority of people cringe and turn their nose up in disgust. But McDaniel writes Ryan in such a way that immediate discredit doesn't exist, even during his first time in bed with this teacher.

This book will make you think. Ryan's homelife isn't ideal- a mother who died when
May 17, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Courtney Buettner
Shelves: read-in-2011
Really short read about a young boy who gets sexually involved with his teacher. Ryan's no Pacey from Dawson's Creek, and Lori is far more realistically portrayed as a predator than Pacey's teacher-lover. She likes her boys young, she's got a messed up history, and Ryan is much more a victim than he thinks. Ryan's friend Honey is your average teenager with a crush and she is by far the easiest person to deal with. I think the book could have been so much better had it explored some of the issues ...more
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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