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Risking It All: My Student, My Lover, My Story

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In the spring of 2000, Heather Ingram, a 30-year-old high school teacher in a small town on the coast of British Columbia, was convicted of the sexual exploitation of a minor for having an affair with a 17-year-old student. A straight A student who graduated at the top of her high school class and won the award for top student in the secondary education program at the Univ ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Greystone Books (first published February 9th 2003)
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Apr 14, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok
Eh. I went into this hoping for some insight in her decision and the reasons why she decided to cross the line and develop a sexual relationship with her student. She was unhappy in her long term relationship with her boyfriend and then proceeded to cheat on him with someone who showed her some attention. She admits that really, she had nothing in common with her student except for a sexual attraction. She also makes some choices that were even more questionable, resulting in her losing almost e ...more
May 30, 2008 Diana rated it it was amazing
If you are a teacher, you should read this book.

If you have ever fallen for someone much younger, or thought you could, you should read this book.

If you've ever cheated on your significant other, or only thought of it, you should read this book.

"Death is just around the corner, he whispers, but not morbidly. In my dream this statement sounds like an invitation... Come with me, come experience, come live. Don't wait - it could be gone before you know it."

When I started reading this book, I didn
Jan 17, 2013 Lesley rated it did not like it
Wanted more insight on why this happens! Big disappointment! Though she tries to deliver an honest account of her life, it doesn't seem plausible! I got out of this that she has a hot looking kid in her class that paid her attention while she was second guessing her own adult relationship with her boyfriend. She cheats on and finally dumps boyfriend but why!!! So disappointing that she seemed to know she could lose her job but not realize so inappropriate on many levels! Uhmm teacher/student rel ...more
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May 18, 2015 Dale Stonehouse rated it really liked it
My interest in this is mainly because it takes place in Canada, where law and culture are unique, especially on the west coast. A little overly exhibitionist emotionally, but without that a book length story would not be possible. The main theme eventually becomes the contrast between codependency in the extreme and personal sovereignty as world views.
Feb 24, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
This was an interesting story. To me it highlights the complexities that can exist in any relation, and which are exacerbated in a relationship not only between a teacher and a student but a 29 year old and a 17 yo.
Sep 03, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
A super-intriguing but super-disturbing account of the author's affair with her 17-year-old student. Bizarre - she didn't see anything wrong with what she was doing. A fascinating read, but made me want to...take a shower or something. Ugh.
Mar 28, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
Ingram isn't the best writer, but her memoir makes up for her lack of fluidity with its insightfulness. I was torn between disgust for her actions and empathy. A controversial book. Recommended.
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