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Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated by the elite world of prep schools, having secretly longed to attend one since she was a girl in Buffalo, New York. So, shortly after her college graduation, when she’s offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite ha ...more
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Published March 6th 2018 by Wednesday Books
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Imogene has in her head that prep schools are the end all of all be all. She wishes that she had been one of the elite but now she has the chance to teach at one.
She begins her job but the whole time you are getting to know her..she has severe insecurities and you just know something ain't right.

Then one night she goes on a walk and meets one of the fourth year students. She is so flattered by him and let's be honest. He is a little weasel.

He keeps showing up and texting her and she is ever s
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Oh my glob how much do I love books like these. I know, I know . . . .

Guess what? I don’t really care.

Meet Imogene . . . .

She also has a pretty severe case of arrested development . . . .

(No relation.)

Imogene spent her high school days dreaming about leaving her ho-hum, middleclass life behind in order to attend a prestigious boarding school. When offered a job as a teaching apprentice at Vandenberg School for Boys after
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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I am shocked that people are shelving this as a romance novel, because it's a romance novel in the way that ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS and LOLITA are romance novels, which is to say that it isn't (and yet people shelve those two latter books as romance novels, as well, which leads me to think that there is an assumption that anything involving kissing and sex is a "romance" novel in and of itself, which is not true - ugh).

Thank you, St. Martin's Press for sending me, "Indecent" by Corinne Sullivan, in exchange for an honest review.

This novel was just...BONKERS! The main protagonist, Imogene Abney was a piece of work. She's not the most articulate person in the world, but thing that made her an interesting character was that she was imperfect and fragile. I like reading about female characters who don't have it all figured out. Imogene might not be a social butterfly, (she's very aloof around her co-workers) but
Dash fan
3.5☆ A good dose of drama.
(Rounded up to 4☆ for Amazon and Goodreads)

INDECENT is a story about how one young women's carer comes crashing down, when she abuses her power as a teacher.

Imogene works as an apprentice teacher for Vandenberg School for Boys.
She enjoys her job but finds it difficult to stick entirely to the rules.
First and foremost she is an adult, in charge of teaching. In no circumstance is she to befriend, get into a relationship or abuse her power.

I actually don't know why Imogen
Julie Ehlers
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys
The dilemma of the three-star review! Do I start with the things I liked and then move on to the things I didn't like, running the risk of ending the review on a sour note? Or do I start with what I disliked and then try to finish with the positives, running the risk that the initial negativity will taint the entire review? In the case of Indecent, it may be better to explore how my feelings about the book changed as I read.

The first 100 or so pages of this novel were frustrating; the author jus
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What can I even say?

Imogene Abney always dreamed of escaping her small town life. At 22 she applies and is accepted as a teacher apprentice at the Vanguard School for Boys which is a very elite boarding school in upstate NY.

Imogene is incredibly naive and suffers from a lack of self confidence and low self esteem. She has always been a follower and socially awkward. She tends to rely on alcohol as a crutch during social situations.

One day while walking back to her residence on campus she spot
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The writing is beautiful...the subject matter not so much. Despite that, I cannot give this book less than 5 stars.
There are certain types of coming-of-age novel I struggle to get along with because the stories they tell feel so alien to me, and they sit at opposite ends of a scale. The first type is the girls-gone-wild excess of, for example, Girls on Fire and Wild Things, in which kids are veterans of orgies and hard drugs by their early teens. The second type encompasses the likes of Indecent, in which an educated and otherwise well-rounded woman has somehow managed to make it to her early twenties wi ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I gripped this ARC so hard, I tore off the entire back cover. That says something.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was completely unputdownable, and finally, finally broke my inability to read anything but nonfiction or romance.

Imogene's voice come alive, and the interiority captures all the insecurity, anxiety, and depression she feels. It's perfectly cringeworthy and felt so real.

The novel reminded me a lot of what I loved about Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, one of my favorite books, and I'd also agree with the publisher's comparison to Sweetbitter, my favorite adult novel of 2016. It has that sam
"I was scared by what I saw. I was scared of the power I'd allowed someone else to have over me. But I knew just as well that I was powerless to resist."

This is the kind of story that leaves your heart still aching long after you've turned the last page of the book.

And when I say 'ache', I mean it literally - like I could feel my entire heart clenching and unclenching the entire time I was reading this book. I am not joking. It was a painful experience that had me dissolving into tears.

Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young insecure female teacher apprentice works at an all-boys school. What can possibly go wrong?

Sullivan is on point with her characters, her setting simple but charged, day-to-day activities seemingly innocuous but speaks volumes.

Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
*This was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 Stars

Wow. Where to start? Should I start by saying I didn't like the writing style at all? No, I should start with how much I disliked Imogene. She never got any better throughout the story either. I kept hoping and hoping that she would get what was coming to her for getting into a relationship with a student but.... that leads me to my next point, the ending was such a let down.

So, I'm sure you're wondering why I didn't g
(3.5) Expect a cross between Prep (Curtis Sittenfeld) and Notes on a Scandal (Zoe Heller). Imogene Abney, 22, is an apprentice teacher at Vandenberg School for Boys in New York State. She’s young and pretty enough to be met with innuendo and disrespect from her high school charges; she’s insecure enough due to her severe acne to feel rejected by the other apprentices. But Adam Kipling, who goes by “Kip,” seems different from any of the other people she’s thrown together with at Vandenberg. A fou ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I won an ARC of Indecent in a Goodreads giveaway. I wanted to like this book but I didn't enjoy it at all. You could even say I hated it. The book was very different from what I expected it to be. Based on the blurb I thought it would be about a young awkward, albeit taboo, love story. I imagined a young teacher "accidentally" falling in love with her student. But what I got was not it, I don't know exactly what I got! It seemed to me that most of Imogene's actions were deliberate and predatory. ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, you think Imogene will be just fine. Then quickly you see, she is in way over her head. It seemed a bit innocent at first, and you know that it really isn't. Not at all. It didn't have a pretty bow on this book, and truthfully, that's ok.
Great book!

Thank you to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read.
While I got this book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Elizabeth S
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I was quite excited to read it, and now I have a lot of thoughts, which I'll try to keep concise.

Indecent tells the story of Imogene, a 22-year-old who's serving as a teaching apprentice at an all-boys boarding school, who has an affair with one of the students.

This isn't something I would normally rush to read, but it sounded pretty fun and had great reviews. I will say the latter were definitely deserved and it was kind of fun. But the reason I gave it
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves-of-2018
I LOVED this novel! Corinne Sullivan has written a masterful character in Imogene, the new teaching apprentice at an all-boys boarding school. She develops an inappropriate crush on one of the senior students and from there, we watch her life get turned upside down in the course of a semester.

I have never read anything that so fully understands, describes, and feels like an unrequited crush. Everything is extremely realistic, and i makes you both feel and fear for Imogene. The heartache, the lo
I am crying. Crying 😢.

I never expected when I started this "naughty" teacher/student lovin book to feel like I've been on an emotional roller coaster. And I do. I felt EVERYTHING Imogene felt...

Her excitement.
Her nervousness.
Her importance.
Her loneliness.
Her betrayal.
Her desperation.
And her hopelessness.

Because I have went through all those just like most everyone else.

I really loved this book. It's different than others like it. I'm sure I won't read anything quite like it again. A perfect
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
NOPE. Indecent tells the story of Imogene, a 22 year-old teaching apprentice at an all-boys boarding school, who starts a sexual relationship with one of the students. I read this because I wanted to see how the topic was going to be handled. I was curious if it would be presented as a crime and a relationship the readers shouldn’t root for or some ~sexy, illicit~ romance. Unfortunately I wasn’t happy with the outcome.

It seemed like the author was trying to take the EXTREMELY WRONG situation of
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been thinking about how to review this book for the last few hours and I haven’t really reached a conclusion. It’s the story of a freshly minted female teacher who, after spending most of her young life obsessed with boarding schools and boys, takes a position as a teaching apprentice at a boys’ boarding school. It doesn’t end well. The story intrigued me, but I found the narrator to be in turns pitiable and wholly unlikeable. Her pathological insecurity and immaturity was matched by her in ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What seemed like a funny/taboo read about a young teaching apprentice falling for a senior student, upon actually reading-turned into the struggle of a woman whose mental health and insecurity lead her into a place she never could have imagined.

Where to start....
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Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Indecent indeed! I’m really divided on this one. “Imogene” - a recent college graduate who has snagged a position as a teaching apprentice at a posh, elite school for privileged from birth boys. It is here she loses her mind just about once she allows the under 18 student “Kip” to seduce her and thus the Indecent affair begins. As you can guess this is a HUGE “no-no”.

Imogene is really hard to feel empathy for because she’s such an pathetic soul on a straight road to self-destruction. Imogene’s b
Dang. It's been a while since I've obssessed over a book like I have this one. Whenever I picked it up to read, it was hard to put back down, and for the last two work days, I couldn't wait to get home to read more. It was addictively written. I haven't read a lot of fiction about teachers...honestly, I'm not even sure there are many novels with a teacher main character out there. That's kind of a bummer for me since I am one! The aspiring teacher featured here, Imogene Abney, doesn't make wise ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I won this book from the Goodreads Giveaways*

Indecent is extremely well written story about a young woman named Imogene who begins her apprenticeship at a boarding school for boys and develops an inappropriate relationship with a student who attends the school. Imogene is the classic example of a girl with low-confidence who I think a lot of readers can identify with. It's when Imogene's obsessiveness towards the student increases when you can finally stop relating towards her and start panicki
Gretchen Marie
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damnnnn this was a good read.

I have never felt so much second-hand embarrassment and anxiety while reading a book. Reading this in public made me feel, dare I say...indecent.

Character development was absolutely spot on. Everything was so messy and raw and real that I simultaneously felt disgusted by Imogene, pitied her, wanted to just give her a good wake up slap and then just a soft pat on the head. Felt pretty emotionally exhausted after reading this. That is definitely a good thing.

Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm genuinely shocked at the high ratings for this book. To be perfectly frank it's the biggest piece of white feminism garbage I have ever read. I have notes so I may do a rant review.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I read this book so quickly that I didn't even mark I was reading it and yet I can't figure out how to rate it. That's pretty typical of me when I read something with a taboo and or icky subject matter. If I'm rating it highly, am I appearing to condone it? If I'm rating it low, am I being unnecessarily harsh because of the subject matter? I last truly struggled with this kind of dilemma when I finished All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. "Indecent," isn't anywhere close to being as well written ...more
Jennifer Klepper
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corinne Sullivan is masterful at crafting complex and vivid characters with flaws and neuroses, dreams and disappointments.

Being, ahem, older than the 22-year-old main character (Imogene), I found Sullivan's view into contemporary young adulthood--including the normal challenges of life exacerbated by the toxicity of social media--enlightening. I can still feel the sense of dread that filled my gut as the illicit affair between the apprentice teacher and high school student drew on. While I did
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Corinne Sullivan studied English with a Creative Writing Concentration at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014. She then received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Night Train, Knee-Jerk, and Pithead Chapel, among other publications. Indecent is her first novel.

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