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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,404 ratings  ·  176 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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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...more
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...more
Aug 03, 2009 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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.

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
Trisha W.
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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.
Sep 09, 2013 Leah marked it as to-read
Recommended to Leah by: Angie **loves angst**
Cait S
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...more
Kristen Lemaster
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

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...more
May 17, 2011 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
I've read Lurlene's previous novels and they have always amazed me with their life stories and theme. So when I picked Prey up, I had expected something similar. However, this book kind of made me rethink Lurlene's style.

Prey talks about the forbidden relationship between the teacher and the student but unlike the typical cases, this time the girl is the teacher and the guy is the student. The topic is already weird for me because it's not very common when you read a fictional book about teacher...more
This book was chosen as our latest read for our book club. Until then, I had never heard of this book or this author. Turns out this author writes tons of teen books. This book is also in the teen category, but I will read a good book for the sake of a good book regardless of the target audience. This book, however, will probably resonate better with a teen audience better than an adult that likes some teen novels.

My overall rating is somewhere between 2 and 3 stars, but I went with the 2 for my...more

W.O.W. that was my first reaction after reading this book. The author has really evolved in her writing. The topics she's choosing the last few years seems to mirror the changes in the things that teens face in this ever changing world.

This book is told from the POV of three characters, Ryan, Lori (his teacher) and Honey his friend. It seems to me that she is using this style more and more in her newer books and I enjoy it because we get a feel for the other characters from the way the others s...more
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Prey is book about a student and his teacher having sex. Its told from three differnent perspective, first Ryan the student. Ryan lives with just his dad, and his dad is always out on buisness trips. When Ryan met his new history teacher, he falling over himself just talking to her, which most every other guy in the building was because the teacher looked like a model. Then there is the teachers perspective, Lori who actully becoms attracted to Ryan over the time they spend together. They call...more
Prey is the newly anticipated novel by author Lurlene McDaniel. McDaniel is a veteran of young adult issues and has written over forty books! Prey is the first novel by McDaniel that I have read, but I am sure that it won’t be the last.

Ryan is like any other high school freshman. Trying to fit in to the high school social scene and avoiding the seniors. He has his two best friends Joel and Honey to keep him sane. Joel keeps Ryan occupied with his friendship and video games while his dad is const...more
Karen Wu
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Lesley Salazar
Oct 14, 2011 Lesley Salazar rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers
"Who wears stilettos to teach history?" When a silhouette of a teacher wearing three inch heels and this mind triggering quote meet, it certainly makes you want to figure out what the author, Lurlene McDaniel just created. The book Prey made me want to keep flipping the pages until I finished.
McDaniel wants you to pick up this red book and not just enjoy it but as a teenager to realize what situations others have been in and how you can learn from them. She wants to tell teenagers that even if...more
Lurlene McDaniel
Adult contemporary

In this book Ryan Piccoli the protagonist is an adorable and smart freshman boy. The antagonist is Lori Settles his new teacher. Lori is such a pretty woman and Ryan instantly has a secret crush on his new teacher. One day Lori asked Ryan to stay after class and it turned out that she had an instant connection with Ryan. Ryan was very confused why she would like him, since she was twice his age and way too hot for him. Lori was the talk of the school, ev...more
Bronsen Hawkins
Summary/First Reactions: The second I told my mother about this book, she instantly wanted to know how a 16yr old could ever please a 33yr old. I almost died.

For those of you who have not read this book before, Prey is about how a student/teacher relationship effects all those involved. The main character, Ryan, becomes "more than friends" with his teacher Mrs. Lori. Honey, the last main character, is in love with Ryan. Which allows her to notice the weird relationship going on.
The book is told...more
Prey was a definite must read for me. When it finally hit paperback I scooped it up and read it pretty quickly. Considering that the book is less then 200 pages long this wasn't exactly speed reading. The main story is very intriguing to me, because I remember when Mary Kay Letourneau was arrested for sleeping with her 13 year old student. She ended up marrying him when he was of legal age, and had already birthed two of his children almost seven years before.

Lori and Ryan's relationship in this...more
I really disliked this book. I decided to stick it out until the end because it's short.

- The characters didn't have enough depth. I was never able to emotionally connect to any of them.

- Everything from Lori's point of view sounds really off. The author is obviously trying to make her sound predatory, but is failing at it.

- Honey's point of view is only included to show how much Ryan is changing in the eyes of his friends. I feel like this could have easily been shown from Ryan's point of view....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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