My contemporary romantic novel 'Run to Me' is set in the fictional lakeside town of Jungilla. The story follows Abby Fox and Paul Beckett - two people who are about to discover that desire can blur the line between right and wrong.
Set in a small Australian town, Run To Me is an unconventional love story which explores the development of a relationship between thirty something English teacher Abby Fox and seventeen year old high school student Paul Beckett.
It's a challenging subject to write about given that the teacher-student dynamic and age difference are well entrenched social taboo's but I think Golding does a good job of exploring the genuine connection between Abby and Paul, without ignoring the very real issues that stand between them.
I was surprised to find I did sympathise with Abby at times. Golding achieves this by using the first person point of view which reveals Abby's faulty reasoning process, giving it some legitimacy in context. Abby is not a predator, she is conflicted about her attraction to Paul and does make an effort to resist it. Her marriage crisis also highlights her vulnerability and her genuine desire for love. Though none of this entirely excuses her poor choices it does create the necessary space within which the author can explore the complexities of the relationship.
I was impressed by the authenticity of Paul's voice, a mixture of hormone soaked crudity, adolescent confusion and blossoming maturity. His physical attraction to Abby is not unsurprising for a seventeen year old but it's sweet in a way to see that attraction morph into something deeper. I really appreciated the growth of Paul's character not only in terms of his relationship with Abby but also with his father, and his consideration of his future.
There are a few minor errors in the text but on the whole Run To Me is well written, the first person points of view are authentic and the dialogue is natural. The story develops at a good pace and maintains the tension well. The ending is a satisfying fit for both the plot and the characters.
Run to Me is an interesting novel which explores a potentially sensational storyline with compassion and sensitivity. While not everyone will be able comfortable with some elements of the novel, it is an impressive debut from a self published author.
This was a great book. I enjoy student-teacher relationship books. It was a nice story that followed the story of Wuthering Heights. It had the intensity and passion of that story. Also, I feel like the characters and plot were well developed.
The only thing I did not like was that the teacher, Abby, had an affair behind her husband's back with her student. It brought my rating down. The story just made me confused and it made me put the book down a couple of times. Overall, an enjoyable book.
Abigail Fox was starting at the local Whateley High School as English teacher, in the town of Jungilla where she’d been born and raised. She loved the town, and returned to teach after studying and gaining her teaching qualifications. Mrs Fox (as the students called her) introduced herself to the administration office first thing…
Paul Beckett was seventeen, a rebel, called his father ‘The Chief’ as they didn’t get on, and knew, even though this was his final year at school, that he didn’t want to be there. His nemesis and local bully, ‘McFatty’, wanted to fight him, waited for him at the old skate park, and Paul tried to avoid him by hanging out with his best friend, Matt. But on that first morning he received a pleasant surprise when he and Matt joined the other students in the English classroom….
Abby took over the role of running coach not long into the term; running had long been a love of hers, a way of forgetting her troubles, a way of calming her unhappy thoughts about her husband Luke. Paul was on the running team, and he also loved running..he was very good at it, and with an event coming up in May, he was training hard. Running was one thing that seemed to make his life worthwhile.
This story is told in the alternating voices of Abby and Paul, and tells of the perceived differences between right and wrong, the lines that blur and the unexpected nature of life. I really enjoyed this very different novel, and with the nature of the topic being controversial, it was written beautifully, with much sensitivity. Recommended to all.
Abby Fox is a teacher who is unhappy in her life and ignored by her husband. Paul Beckett is her 17 year old student who is living a miserable existence, made worse by his father’s tormenting. Run to Me is the story of how their relationship evolves beyond teacher-student and how Abby’s life falls apart because of it.
When I started I didn’t think “Run to Me” was going to take the direction it did. I assumed it was maybe an inspiring story of a dedicated teacher helping an underdog student change his life. Similar to an after school special but that is not what I got. As the story progressed and I started to see little cracks in Abby’s teacher façade I found myself struggling to “like” her. Little missteps and indiscretions that broke the teacher/student boundaries became more frequent and as I read it I kept thinking "No! No!". I actually said that once or twice out loud! And then they slept together. When I read that part I wanted to hate her but she was still the same unhappy woman from the beginning of the story. She didn’t instantly become a villain. I felt for her and could still empathize with her.
As Abby's friends and family find out what has happened she deals with the fall out; Fractured relationships, anger and estrangement.
The author, like Paul in the book, read Wuthering Heights in her final year of high school. “When I came to write my own novel I was inspired by the idea of passion and desire can have such a strong power over us.” I loved Wuthering Heights and thought Erin Golding did a beautiful job writing subtle parallels between the two books
This is a tough one for me. Seriously tough! The writing was really good and the story was too. It was the subject matter that really made this book difficult for me. Which is, I believe, the whole point. What I really liked it that it was a departure from the light reads I have been into lately. Run to Me will make you feel a lot of things which is always a wonderful quality in a book, even if the those thing aren't "nice" feelings. And a lot of them aren't nice feelings. I actually spent a lot of time thinking about how if I would be so understanding if the roles were reversed and it was a male teacher and a female student? Does "almost" 18 make it any better?
I hope you will read this book. It's a great read and I think you will really enjoy it. It will definitely push some boundaries, it certainly did for me. And if you are anything like me you will be thinking about it long after you've finished it. I think this would be a great book club selection too because there is so much discuss.
This is Erin Golding's first novel and I am very much looking forward to reading more from her.
Wow, what a book. I think I never finished a book so fast like I did with this book. It was so addictive and I couldn't put it down, wanting to know what was going to happen and how it will end. The writing was very good and managed to deliver the emotions and the whole story very well. Even though I loved this book I couldn't connect with the main character, Abby. Sure I can somehow understand why she did the thing she did but yet I couldn't sympathize with her. Also another thing that bug me is the end. It is an open ending and while I regularly I don't have any problem with open endings, this ending was too open. While some of the endings I have read were open they still had some kind of conclusion in them, some kind of finality which wasn't the case in this book. The ending was without some kind of conclusion and the story abruptly ended like it was cut in the middle and I felt there was a place to some kind of conclusion. This was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a forbidden romance or to anyone who loves a romance in general.
I liked the story. Though usually cheating is a big no, no for me in this story I didn't quite mind. I would have given 4 stars if wasn't for the ending. I hated the end. My goodness! Please do not end a story like that. That's just wrong. If you got tired of writing then please just include an epilogue to really finish things up. I would understand if the author was planning on writing a sequel, but I don't believe this was the case. I felt the whole book ran towards the end and then just stopped. Dang it! I hated the end.