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Feet of Clay

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Max has never had a student quite like Taylor. He's been teaching for a long time and knows potential on the rare occasions he sees it. However, Taylor's personal life has convinced many people in their small town she's not worth the effort. Max sees things differently, though. As he struggles to reach the girl, though, he makes an error in judgment that changes everything ...more
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by create space
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Casey Bartsch
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Other reviews have said it, but I will say it as well - this book is all about obsession, and it isn't a happy tale. A teacher way too into his student leads them both down a twisted series of lies and betrayals. It was very well written. Trepagnier has a style worth investigating. I may add another of J.P.'s works to my reading queue.

The story did have some pacing issues. Some of the moments with Max and Taylor seem repetitive, and that bogs things down. The intrigue will keep you reading thoug
Jessica Jesinghaus
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
If I had to sum up Feet of Clay in just two words: obsession and addiction.

In it we meet Max, a high school English teacher. The author did an excellent job establishing Max's obsessive personality in very short order. Simple statements like "On Tuesday he ate fish" or "he made his usual fry for breakfast, but nothing on the plate should touch and his orange juice had to fill the glass to the exact same spot" left zero room for doubt of his ability for obsessive behaviors. Then, enter Taylor, a
A.K. Smith
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars JB Trepagnier captured my attention in Feet of Clay. My emotions were elevated reading about obsession and two characters struggling to belong to the world and each other. That is what this book is about obsession and addiction.

Max is an English teacher in a small town and Taylor is the student that changes his life. It's not a light-hearted story nor is it a romance but a dark story about obsession, love, addiction and the fight to make it in this world.

The author did a great job of p
Lillian Lee
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader copy and after reading it, I decided to post a review. As I oscillated between four and five stars, I went with five.
This might not be an easy read for everybody, and certainly not for someone looking for a linear story. It is a complex narrative, a voyage into the human mind. The main component of the novel is the psychological one. The themes are: addiction, physical and psychological abuse, love under all aspects, good and bad.
The main characters are complex -
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This book blew me away. We first see Max and his student before she loses her memory, but things really get exciting when he finds her again and learns that she's lost all memory of their past. However, things aren't quite as they seem and everything is woven into a web of lies and falsehoods as the story continues. I thought the characters were amazingly well written and really engaging and I found myself wondering if there would be a happily ever after in the story or if everyth ...more
K.C. Willivee
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings: Rape, abortion, miscarriage, domestic violence, stalking, substance abuse

If the list of trigger warnings did not already indicate this, Feet of Clay is not a happy story. There are no universal happy endings even, although arguably one main character ends up okay. There are only brief happy bits in the book. Instead of a feel-good story, this is an emotionally nuanced and resonant tale of a teacher’s unhealthy obsession for his student, an unspeakable crime, and the bizarre and
Barry Blokes
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trepagnier does an excellent job showing the painful outcome of addiction and obsession that strangle the toxic relationship that drives this book. A teacher, Max, has difficulty determining the difference between love and obsession, while a tortured and abused soul residing in the body of a gifted student, Taylor, fights to find happiness in an unjust existence.

The characters are well drawn in this work and the plot is interesting, I was also thankful that the end did not go the direction I sus
Jayde Kemsley
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feet of Clay was not what I was expecting when I picked it up, but I enjoyed it all the same. It tells the story of two people, a teacher and the student he falls in love with.
Their involvement with each other affects both their lives, and mostly in ways that make things worse. It made me think and when I had finished I was still undecided if it would have been better if they had never met.
The writer does an excellent job of showing how addiction and obsession can ruin a person life, and how th
Alicia Freeman
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Feet Of Clay is a great story. JB Trepagnier walks you through the life of a teacher and his student that becomes his girlfriend. It's also about addiction, the idea of addiction and everything and everyday life. Back in high school he raped her and wants to come clean, but can't find the right way to do it. Does she even remember?
When you start reading, be prepared to not put down until you are done!
Warren Pete
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feet of Clay follows a young student, Taylor, and Max, the man obsessed by her. Oh, and this man happens to be her teacher.
Max starts as a teacher genuinely interested in helping a girl written off by society. However, moments of poor judgement and ill-advised instincts can turn everything on its head. In a night that will haunt Max forever, he also loses the student he so desperately wants to help.
Never forgetting that night, Max later encounters Taylor, who appears to have forgotten the night
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feet of Clay, by JB Tepagnier, is the story of a young woman named Taylor and the older man, Max, who is obsessed with her. He meets her in the English class he’s teaching and tries to get her to talk to him, but she stays silent and hidden behind her hair. This only heightens his fascination. He’s a socially inept loner who feels something awaken inside him when she’s near. Never mind that she’s a seventeen year old high school student and he’s her teacher. When he finds her drunk and in danger ...more
Annabelle Costa
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a novel about a teacher with sort of an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder named Max and his relationship with a young student of his who is struggling with addiction. In a near-unforgivable judgement lapse, Max takes advantage of Taylor while she's compromised. This was a hard one for me to get past, but I did feel that there was justification and later some redemption (without giving anything away).

I thought the scenarios in this story were fascinating. I can't say I felt a kins
Angel Berry
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Max, a strait-laced English teacher, seems to have his life together - even to the point of planning his dinners by the week. Taylor, a bright student, but misunderstood, unfortunately places too much trust in him and is betrayed. Five years later, they meet up again and begin to have an affair. Then ensues a roller coaster ride of Max attempting to mold Taylor into what he wants her to be instead of accepting that he is the reason why she is the damaged addict that she is.

I have to mention that
Wyborn Senna
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An Emotional Journey Through The Darkness of Obsessive Love…

Experts agree that there’s a big difference between obsession or fixation and love, and J.B. Trepagnier does a brilliant job of illustrating through the “relationship” that exists between Max and Taylor that love has nothing to do with the equation. Real love is effortless. Obsession is about control. Real love is about letting people be who they are. Obsession is about turning the person into the person you want them to be. Real love i
Erin Daniels
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feet of Clay was not an easy read but also not one to be missed if you can deal with difficult material in order to have a better understanding of the dark places that addiction and obsession can take you. I don't, however, want to give the impression
that the book was sordid - far from it. It didn't shy away from difficult issues such as rape and obsession but it portrayed them through the lens of realism for its own sake. The author told a story that can and does happen everyday and did so with
Ivan Baublitz
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay so kind of hit and miss with this one. I really tried to put myself into the story wholeheartedly but I kept getting ripped out by my distaste for any teacher/predator that would take this step. I did find the characters to be sort of believable and wondered how many times a story like this may be truer than fiction. The reader finds themselves in a whirlwind of drug and alcohol abuse and student obsession. I wasn't impressed with the constant arguing between the two and found myself search ...more
James Williams
Max Is So Easy to Hate

This is not as easy read. The main character, Max, so easy to hate that I frequently had to stop reading and walk away, sometimes for many days. In an interesting character reversal, Max approaches the romantic relationship like a woman, continually striving to talk to his lover about the “relationship.” He needs constant assurance that she cares about him, analyzing every look, every expression, even the tone of her voice. He is weak, whereas she is strong. He has zero sel
Rachel Knight
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable read! The characters were complex and believable. At first I wasn't sure where the plot was headed. A huge twist part way through had me hooked and open-mouthedly wording "Oh my God!" at my screen. From that point I was really invested in what was going to happen between the two lead characters.

Towards the end I thought the pace could have increased just slightly, but still the twists and turns kept coming, with intense, emotionally-provoking revelations the whole way thr
Elise J. Kornfeld
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poor writing. Author goes on and on...I skipped pages several times, and didn't miss anything. Contradicted him\herself several times - i.E one paragraph said she didn't eat Sushi, next paragraph said they were going it for sushi dinner. The ending sounded like even the author had enough of him\herself and didn't know to end the book - just let it drop. I will definitely not read more books by this author. ne

There isn't anything left to say to fulfill the requirements of writing twenty more word
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She was a troubled girl and no-one wanted to have anything to do with her as they dont think she is not worth it. He sees something in her and he tries to help. She then disappears and when she returns her memories of everything are gone. See if he can help her all over again

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Robert Brown
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
J.B. Trepagnier showed promise with Midnight’s Sonata and continues to show promise with Feet of Clay. This second book is about two supposedly intelligent people (a teacher and his much younger student) arguing endlessly about who is right, who is doing drugs, who is a drunk, who is to blame. It is a combination of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Lolita, with a bit of The Collector, No Exit and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion thrown in. (These are a few of the royal competition for Feet of ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found the writing to be in need of an editor who could help the author understand the difference between telling the reader what is happening and showing the reader what is happening as well as understanding how point of view works. These two things didn't make it unreadable, but they didn't help the overall impression of the story.

As to the story, I was uncomfortable with the protagonist right from the beginning. We begin with him obsessing over a girl in his class. It would have been one thi
Joannes Rhino
Feet of Clay can be an interesting story if the author made a twist in the main character, Max. I mean, let's face it, nobody loves to read a pedophile as the main character. However, the author has done a good job in creating such a non-likable character. However, since I am into a psychology reading, Max's obsessive personality did intrigue me to know more about such disorder. In overall, even I wasn't enjoying the story nor the character, at least now I know more about such disorder personali ...more
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Oct 23, 2017
Rachael Thompson
This novel follows the main characters over a total of about ten years and involves multiple layers, that were a little hard for me to wrap my head around at times. It's not hard to understand or confusing. The writer does a great job with the storytelling. I just had a difficult time understanding the actions and mindset of Max and Taylor. Taylor is supposed to be the "messed up" one but Max has plenty of his own issues (to say the least).

This book is not a feel good story or for the light of h
Samantha James
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rated it it was ok
Oct 11, 2018
J.B. Trepagnier
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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JB Trepagnier is a huge liar. She first started lying as a child when someone asked who colored on the walls. She later went on to major in art, so they really should have framed it instead of sending her to the principals office so many times. When she was fourteen, she wrote a very large lie into several notebooks, which later became her first book, Midnight's Sonata. Rather than dabbling in pol ...more
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