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Me and Mr J

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  736 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Lara finds her soulmate. There’s just one problem – he’s her teacher.

Lara's life has changed radically since her father lost his job. As the eldest, Lara tries to keep upbeat, and the one outlet for all her problems is her diary where she can be open about how dire everything is at home, and worse, the fact that she’s being horrifically bullied at school.

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Electric Monkey (first published January 29th 2015)
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Sarah Churchill
There's two aspects to this story. One; the teenager having a relationship with her teacher, as the marketing tells us. Two; a teenager who is VICIOUSLY bullied. To me this book is more about bullying than anything else. Emotional, physical, humiliatingly foul bullying.

The novel is written in the form of Lara's diary, as she records her feelings and reactions to the things that are happening in her life. Exams, money troubles, her parents separating and the aforementioned DISGUSTING bullying. S
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I'd like to point out that this has some serious bullying in it and I don't think that's mentioned enough in the blurb, but it was such a huge and important part of the book. I loved this!
When I spotted Me & Mr J up on Netgalley, I was intrigued. We've all seen the news stories and read the articles about teachers and students who fall in love. I mostly read them in disgust, because ew. But it's not very often you get the chance to read a fictional story that takes on such a taboo. It's a hard one to decide to read, because you're just not sure how this kind of novel will be received. My absolute kudos go to Rachel McIntyre for writing such a topical, difficult, bound to crea ...more
I don't think I can read anymore of this

I don't usually rate books I don't finish but I need to say things about this one.

I stopped for a variety of reasons

Firstly being a teacher this book and where it was going made me feel really uncomfortable and there was no way I could turn that teacher head off whilst reading it to be able to enjoy it.

Secondly I felt the girl came across as a lot younger than what she was supposed to be. Don't get me wrong it's not that the voice was a bad one but I jus
Stacy Fetters
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When I close my eyes, I see him lying next to me in bed. I can almost hear him breathing and feel his arms around me. Feel his skin. The pure, clean version of that afternoon, not their dirty, perverted account; that's what I'm clinging on to. The truth!"

Anyone that really knows me knows that I will read every book about student teacher inappropriateness before I kick the big bucket into the sky. Why? I don't know why. It's one of those taboo subjects people get their panties in a twist for a
This is an incredibly intense, strong story about love that just shouldn't be. It's amazingly written, wonderfully accurate and relatable and full of excitement and energy. I really, really loved it from cover to cover. It was a great read!

Only marked 4 stars because I love my happy endings. So the actual rating is 4.5.

Full review to come.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
So I hate Teacher-Student relationships in books and tv shows so I was a bit sceptical going into this and some parts of this book were really well done and reminded me a tiny bit of Stolen by Lucy Christopher, others were really weird and I disliked them a lot.
Rebecca Emin
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Me and Mr J is written from the point of view of Lara, our fifteen year old protagonist. Lara is at a difficult enough age as it is, but her parents are having troubles both financially and, as a result, in their relationship, and her family life is suffering. Add to this, the bullies have singled Lara out and are treating her really badly at school... and making it absolutely clear her family will suffer even more if she speaks to anyone. This, I believe, is the root of this story, the poor gir ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I didn't want to like this book. (I say that a lot.) Teacher/Student affairs (understandably) kind of gross me out, and seeing them romanticized it not something that I generally find appealing, especially with a character this young.

This book though, I couldn't stop reading. Even after I told myself, "Okay, I'll read one more page and then be done with it, because GOD I CAN'T HANDLE THIS TROPE", I kept reading.

Told strictly in diar
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a young girl called Lara who's family are on the breadline after the family business went bust. If things were not hard enough she is getting badly bullied at school , and being ginger haired with an unfortunate surname is just about all the bullies could possibly need to begin a war against her. Lara's interior dialogue is hilarious and even though she really is struggling with these bullies and having no real friends to speak off she is very brave and gutsy and I had to ad ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, funny
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Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really interesting, because I loved it whilst wanting to slap Mr J! Focusing on a variety of controversial issues such as bullying and student/teacher relationships, the story is very current and therefore it's easy to relate to what is going on. At times it was laugh out loud funny, at others it made me think about how I'd deal with the situation if I was Lara. It's clear that this is going to be a book that people either love or hate, but I was firmly in the LOVE camp and read it ...more
Nikki Sheehan
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Yes, the subject matter is a bit grim, but the main character, Lara's POV is so convincing that I was swept along with her feelings and lost perspective on the reality of what was going on. Because it deals with a teacher-student relationship I can understand that it may not be for everyone, but I found it to be subtle, very funny at times, and overall hugely enjoyable.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
"even when something feels right, it can still be wrong."

I commend the author. This is a very tough book. It doesn't hold back any of the ugly stuff. Lara is horribly bullied. She is tormented and terrorized. It's awful to read.

And the midst of all the bullying and awful abuse, there is one beacon - a new teacher Mr. J. He is sweet & gorgeous. He is a new English teacher - a subject she is very good in - and he has noticed Lara and how great she is.

But it's a fine line between the teacher a
Abbi Bennett
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
2.5 stars. This was so embarrassing to read lol but I feel bad giving it any less. It was okay but I expected more and it was so childish.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions

I’d been hearing lots about Me & Mr J (all of it good!) so I was really looking forward to discovering this story for myself. I was intrigued to see how things would play out; Rachel McIntyre is tackling two mahhhooosvie subjects here with both pupil/teacher relationships and bullying being brought into the spotlight.
I always go for books written in diary format; I think they’re great. You get such a personal insight into the narrator’s mind and
Holly Baker
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I think I need to start this review by saying that I had not read the synopsis before reading this book. All I knew was that it was YA with student/teacher elements. I was honestly expecting a light and fluffy, student/teacher romance. I'm still trying to process what happened, and where my thoughts are at right now.

Books are usually pretty predictable, so I was confident that this would be an easy read about love between a girl of around 17, and her young, gorgeous, student teacher. B
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free advanced ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Me and Mr J is written in the form of a diary by 15-year old Lara Titliss, who likes to write out her problems: she is getting bullied by others from her year, she has some problems going on at home and on top of all that, she has fallen for her young English teacher who is the only one who is kind to her and knows her true potential.

I found Me and Mr J to be an interesting book. I wasn't too sure of how it wil
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a challenging and different book it's sure to divide opinion. I'm not sure what I was expecting, perhaps a book about grooming,(which I don't think it is). I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The book is Lara's diary and we only see her version of the events surrounding the illicit relationship which is where the interesting part comes in about how we judge Ben. It's very uncomfortable as a parent of teenage girls to consider the possibility that these situations occur but the wr ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found this book to be very annoying. The main character went on constantly about how she was better than the other girls at her school, and although she wasn't as vocal about it as they were, she was basically a bully as well. For example the part in which she calls the overweight boy a "fat bastard." I was disgusted to be honest. I felt the entire book was inappropriately handled. It glamorized student teacher relationships in my opinion. The subject had a lot of potential, but I feel like it ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book. It is my true opinion only.

Oh my golly gosh is this book awesome!
So emotional and hilarious and perfect in so many ways.
I was so into the book that I got emotionally involved.
All I will say now is this is a book you need to keep your eye on!

More on my thoughts will be revealed near the release date; which is Feb next year - eep!
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

(actual rating 4.5)

Posted originally

Me & Mr J is the fascinating story of the life of Lara Titliss, a fifteen year old girl with an unfortunate surname, writing in her diary about her frankly dismal life. Lara has generally quite an upbeat outlook in her diary or at least brings a lot of humour regardless of the situation she’s in. I’m not a huge fan of books told in diary form but I really connected with Lara’s character and it was interesting getti
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
3.5 stars. Felt like the student teacher relationship overshadowed the bullying in the second half and I really wanted to see more depth in the relationship between Lara and her parents regarding how much they let her down.

Full review:

I really enjoyed Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre. I find myself weirdly attracted to story lines that feature student/teacher relationships. I'm not even sure what that says about me, but I'm just going to go with it and say I really like the complications and emot
*3.5 stars*

Written in my favourite format of a diary and featuring a student/teacher relationship, I went into Me and Mr J expecting to love it. And while I had some minor niggles, I really did enjoy it.

Lara’s voce instantly drew me in. Snappy, chatty and so likable, I got involved with her life and her thoughts very easily. She has the purpose dose of stroppy, resentful, naive and being completely relatable to make her the perfect picture of a fifteen-year-old having a seriously hard time. Her
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

The issues covered in Me and Mr J are very topical in the UK because as I sat down to read Rachel McIntyre's forbidden YA romance an article came on the news about a teacher having a a relationship with a student. The actual item on the news has created a lot of controversy because of the age of the student, the lack of sentence for the teacher and how the pupil apparently 'groomed' him. These aren't really the same issues covered in the book (don't worry no spoilers) but
Hannah King
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a typical girl who loves her YA novels: fantasy, dystopian, adventure, dark romance, you name it. As a rule I don't read 'reality' fiction. It's hard enough living my own life without reading about someone else's. But reading Me and Mr J I was moved to think differently.

Me and Mr J is about Lara Titliss, a smart sixteen year girl with the worst of luck. She lives in a crappy house. Her dad is unemployed and a drunk. Her mum's working three jobs. Lara is tortured mentally and physically by h
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Okay, so I've gone through a few of the reviews already written, just to see what the general opinion is, and to figure out how to even word my own.

I'll go for bullet points I think:

1) The writing style was good, I like the fact that it is written in the style of a diary, and it lets us see more of Lara's personality through the way she writes. It did eventually get annoying, but that's less about the style and more about the characters. Lara was easy to relate to at first, and she started off b
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When I saw this book on NetGallery, I was intrigued; a book about a girl who has feelings for her teacher could go one of two ways. Either it could be a whiny girl who mopes over her teacher but ends up getting a boyfriend her own age in the end (which I was expecting) or it could be about the more taboo topic of the teacher reciprocating the feelings and acting upon them.

The book was an interesting and difficult book to read. It was written in the form of Lara's diary entries, meaning we had fu
Anna Mainwaring
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lara, fifteen about to turn sixteen, is tormented by her peers at her girls’ school and the boys at the school opposite. Bullied about her red hair, her pale skin and her unfortunate surname. Oh and the fact that as the family business has gone bust her mum works as a cleaner to make ends meet. Lara’s only refuge from her problems is her beloved Ipod. And then a fit new male teacher becomes the only good thing about school.
Me and Mr J is at times very funny but also a devastating read. Lara’s cl
Lucy Powrie
I was so excited when I received a copy of Me and Mr J to review because I’ve loved the sound of it since it first came to my attention a few months ago.

A theme I see a lot in YA is privileged characters that come from a rich background and get whatever they want. I was pleased to read in Me and Mr J that McIntyre has decided to push this trope away and Lara, the protagonist, and her family aren’t in the most ideal financial situation. It was very refreshing to read!

The main plot point in Me and
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