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Love Lessons

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  4,228 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. Forced to wear Mum's odd hand-made garments and forbidden from reading teenage magazines, they know they're very different to 'normal' girls – but when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue suddenly discovers wh ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Corgi Childrens (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 01, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
First read, May 3, 2010: This gets four stars because, yes, I really liked it, as in I enjoyed reading it and didn't want to put it down. It was well written and the characters were very well developed. HoWeVeR: The "relationship" between Prudence and Rax is not very believable. Prue is 14 years old and acts even younger in a lot of ways since she was so isolated for much of her life. I can't quite get into the teacher's head here. Is he having a mid-life crisis? Is he a perv? What's up? I like ...more
Tara Calaby
Jacqueline Wilson is one of my absolute favourite contemporary authors. I love the way that she focusses on the kind of children who often are ignored in junior fiction and the way that she so cleverly captures the way that young people think and perceive the world. I can't love this book, though. I think it sends a dangerous message to highly impressionable readers, and I was extremely disappointed that it was written and published in this form.

I will go into my qualms and the reasoning behind
Susan Francis
Book covers like this one put me off. I don’t like them because they scream ‘Hey little girlie, you know you want me. How could you not? After all, I’m pink and I’ve got a big red heart. Buy me!’ However, Jaqueline Wilson is an author who is well regarded and despite never having read any of her books I was interested in the subject – teacher/pupil relationship – and I wanted to see how she tackled it.

I am not sure what age the book is meant to be for. The subject matter suggests young adult but
Nicola Muzsla
Jun 27, 2009 Nicola Muzsla rated it did not like it
I read this book when I was in my early teens and loved it. Re-reading it now at 18 I got a really big shock. Much more wise about the world (although still not very) than I was back then, I can see that this is one messed up book with worrying morals considering the age group it's directed at. It basically sends the message that there is nothing wrong with an older teacher reciprocating feelings a FOURTEEN year old student has for him. And not just any old student, but a vulnerable one who has ...more
Saph Rose
Jan 07, 2012 Saph Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2012
Just finished this book for the second time. The first time I read it I was 12 years old and I was left unsatisfied with the ending. Now, at 16 years old, here is my opinion.

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Sep 05, 2012 Georgina rated it really liked it
The book was good but I wanted Rax to dump his wife for Pure . Lol I sound evil when I say it but it's the truth!
Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. They know they are different to 'normal' girls but their attempts to find out what being an ordinary teenager are like. But when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, Prue suddenly discovers what it's like to have a little freedom.

This book was hideously boring and seemed to drag on forever. Jacqueline Wilson is a really talented writer, and I've enjoyed other books of hers, espec
Mar 16, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
Wilson expertly tackles difficult issues, ranging from divorce, domestic violence, bullying and bereavement. In 'Love Lessons' she approaches perhaps the most controversial of topics, that of a forbidden student-teacher relationship. Prue is just fourteen, but is drawn dangerously close to her handsome, outgoing art teacher, Rax.

Prue's home life is challenging, to say the least, although I found parts of it to be overly exaggerated which took away from the overall believablilty of the book. Her
Amanda O'Donnell
Fifteen-year-old Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, ultra-strict father almost all their lives. When Dad is suddenly rushed to hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue at last discovers what it's like to have a little freedom.

Sent to school for the first time in her life, Prue finds it unexpectedly difficult to settle in. The only person she can talk to is her kindly and handsome young art teacher, Rax. When she starts babysitting for Rax's children, Prue f
Mar 02, 2015 JotheBookhowler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are looking for ridiculous plots for light-reading
I read this book way back in 2008 when I first bought it. I was in the mood for books that have really girly, high school crush settings and the cover instantly caught my eye. I re-read this not long ago and have a review I'd like to write down.

Love Lessons is basically about a girl in her early teens named Prue being thrown into the "normal" school system after being homeschooled the whole of her life after her slightly (more like totally by my standards) dysfunctional dad experieces a severe s
Apr 06, 2015 FoodxHugs rated it really liked it
So, I read this book a while ago, but I really enjoyed it. In typical Jacqueline Wilson style, it deals with an oddball girl and her relationships with her Art teacher, her sister and parents.

Prudence can be an irritating character, but I've read worse, so I didn't really care about her depiction. She's a freak, so I can understand why Rax (the art teacher) would sympathise with this lonely girl. It had a few funny moments, but if you're expecting a sexy, panty-ripping fantasy involving sex, sex
Georgia Barr
Sep 27, 2015 Georgia Barr rated it did not like it
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Oct 04, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
So I'm twenty-four years old, and I'm still a little obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson and her books. Yet, I'm weirdly okay with that. She has been my go to author since I was a little girl, and I haven't read one of her books that hasn't made me smile.

Now, Love Lessons, I bought recently on Kindle (although I have the hardback), just because it is one of my all time favourite books. I read this last night and I felt as if I was a teenager sat in bed reading it once again. The story, the writing,
Stacey O'driscoll
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Feb 06, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
Read this when I was about 12, I think. And I adored it and thought it was super romantic. Now I'm 20, I'm wondering if I'd feel the same way. May have to reread this at some point and see, but for now, I'll stick with the rating I would've given it when I read it last.
Lauren Crossley
Mar 29, 2013 Lauren Crossley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book... I don't even know where to start. I first read this when I was 15 years old and the story of Prue & Rax has remained with me ever since. I swear I don't go a SINGLE day without thinking about them and everything that happened to them in this book. By the amount of reviews this book has already received, I'm guessing you can pretty much figure out the story. Prue has lead a very isolated life and is thrown into a completely crazy and bewildering world which she doesn't have much ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Ayushi rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-nay
I'm having trouble rating this book. Jacqueline Wilson's writing is fabulous as usual and the book's premise is quite interesting. Now, I get that Prue is the narrator of the story and hence everything in the story was only told from her point of view, and is obviously coloured/embellished in that way. However, the way her and Rax's relationship was handled left me deeply disturbed.

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♥ C.A.Anna ♥
This was really good. But i didnt like the ending... but only cause it didnt have what i wantd to happen. This was really an inspirering book to me because i am currently writing somthing close to this and it has given me many ideas. Great job!

2014-: I just read this the other day as I came across it at the bottom of my bookshelf. I remembered reading this a long time ago and loving it. I decided I would read it again now at the age of 18 to see exactly why I liked it. I was rather s
Apr 17, 2013 Annabel rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.

She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a mann
Kirsty Hoggons
Apr 19, 2015 Kirsty Hoggons rated it it was ok
Generally I am a big fan of Jacqueline Wilson's books because they are easy reads and rather entertaining. I was left wanting with this book.

I really enjoyed the chapter illustrations and it was very easy to get through.

In the book the mother refers to the headteacher as "she" but then seems surprised to find out that it is a woman. The blurb say Prue is 15 but she is actually 14. I think that the main character is far too young to even be thinking of having a romance with a teacher. I think th
Dec 25, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was so good! I loved the romance between prue and the art teacher. i think they were meant to be! there should be a sequal, when prue and Raz run away and then they have to deal with their difficulties and then the dad is a murderer! *sigh* well, i rate it 5 out of 5
I also liked this book is that tbhis unlike the other book jackie has written. before this, i just read candyfloss which is totally different. they are all about friendships and dicthing a friend that is either
1. unpopular
2. a
Nicky Kettlewell
Sep 07, 2012 Nicky Kettlewell rated it it was ok
I found this book really enjoyable until the affair... Why does Rax who is a teacher kiss a 14 year old?!!
I would of enjoyed this book a lot more if Rax did the right thing and said to Prue " no I can't kiss you,It's wrong"
Not start an affair!
What does this teach young girls? It's ok to fancy your teacher and make a move?
Jacqueline Wilson has got this story all wrong especially when Rax and Prue get caught and noting is done about it! If this was real life Rax will be in all the papers then in
Mina Van der Woodsen
Mar 12, 2011 Mina Van der Woodsen rated it did not like it
Shelves: love-stories
its a little weird. i mean the relationship between Prue and her teacher is weird she is weird. Some people think that is cute well its not is weird, cute is when a teenager falls in love with an singer or actor to like someone and not follow them around and mess with their family.And what about him her teacher he is even more weird,liking a girl who has 16 years.
Usually don't read Jackie's books but this was recommended to me.
Well laughs, especially when Prue writhes all over Rax's bed. I just wanted to say "Girl, you never gonna be Mrs Rax". Had no sympathy for these two lost 50s inspired souls :)
However, surprisingly well written. But I felt Jackie could have delved a lot more into the forbidden aspect of student/teacher fantasy.
Aug 14, 2012 Nic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh em gee... I read this a few years ago. I can't believe Rax cheated on his wife with a 14 year old. Because he DID CHEAT!!! I found this book totally weird!
Jim Karagkounis
Aug 06, 2015 Jim Karagkounis rated it did not like it
Yodita Hailemichael
Nov 05, 2012 Yodita Hailemichael rated it liked it
so nice book i mite re-read the book
Feb 04, 2017 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading. Opět. Zvláštní, jak se za ta léta změnil můj názor na Prue a celkový pohled na příběh.
Feb 01, 2013 Cityrella rated it did not like it
Die 15-jährige Prue King lebt zusammen mit ihren Eltern und ihrer Schwester in einem altmodischen Haus über dem eigenen Buchladen sehr isoliert. Ihr sehr autoriäter und aggressiver Vater erlaubt seiner Frau und seinen Töchtern keinen wirklichen Kontakt zur Außenwelt. Sie dürfen nicht zur Schule, keinen Fernseher besitzen und erst recht kein Fast Food essen. Die einzige Leidenschaft, die er Prue vererbt hat, ist die Liebe zu Büchern. Als die Schulbehörde eingreift und erwartet, dass Prue und ihr ...more
Noël Cades
Mar 24, 2014 Noël Cades rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of school stories, those interested in UK schools
Love Lessons was a very compelling read - but not for the central teacher-pupil relationship.

What was fascinating was the bizarre nature of the family: downtrodden mother, eccentric father, two girls segregated and sheltered from the world and other children to some considerable extent.

The mother's transformation from a subservient, unquestioning wife (who seemed like she had borderline learning difficulties) into an assertive and more capable woman was something I would have liked more of. The
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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