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Schooled by Anisha Lakhani
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Oct 06, 08

bookshelves: new-york, schools
Read in October, 2008

I think it was partly the fear of running into this world that made me change my mind about becoming a teacher...

This is a solid book with a solid story, but absolutely no depth. There's nothing really specific I can pick out about what I disliked (except every interaction Anna had with her parents. I was supposed to believe she was a graduate from Columbia, but when she was with her parents it was like she was thrown back into middle school-complete with a melodramatic running away from home scene!). The book kept me turning the pages, even though the ending was pretty obvious from the beginning. But Anna fell into this tutoring world way too quickly, and sprang back out, unharmed, just as fast. Everyone Anna encountered felt like a caricature, and paradoxically that feeling increased the more time was spent with them! Characters that we met once or twice at least had hints at depth, but characters like Randi, or Anna's parents, who feature prominently at times, are thin and flat; merely props for Anna to lean on for awhile until she makes it to the end of the book.
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