My Dark Vanessa
Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.
2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her...more
"I think we're very similar, Nessa," he whispers. "From the way you write, I can tell you're a dark romantic like me. You like dark things."
3 1/2 stars. I really really want to give this book a higher rating, but I cannot justify it when it is almost twice as long as it needed to be.
My Dark Vanessa has many powerful moments. It's a discomfiting, horrible story about an adult woman reevaluating the relationship she had with her English teacher when she was a teenager. It is reminiscent of The ...more
Come and be worshipped, come and be caressed.Vanessa Wye is thirty-two years old, working a dead-end hotel job in Portland, Maine, and attending grief-counseling therapy following the death of her father. She cannot move on with her life. I suppose many of ...more
My Dark Vanessa, crimson-barred, my blest
My Admirable butterfly! Explain
How could you, in the gloam of Lilac Lane,
Have let uncouth, hysterical John Shade
Blubber your face, and ear, and shoulder blade?
- From the poem Pale Fire by Nabakov
Vanessa, 15 years of age,
grew up in a quiet small town in Maine - on
She attended Browick High School - a boarding school...couple hours away from her home. Too young to drive- her mother usually drove her to school and picked her back up to come home during holiday breaks.
Early in the book I wondered if Vanessas mother had serious reasons to worry about her daughters basic state of well-being...or if the mother was just being a typical mom. ( make some friends, ...more
gather my wits, wear my big girls pants and breathe in breathe out several times deeply!
And I started again This is most disturbing, painful, heart bleeding, psychologically consuming, complex, soul crushing, life changing story Ive been lately read! Its harsh, raw, realistic, provocative, brave, dark, bleak, ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. ...more
Reading this, I had to take breaks, stop to watch silly videos and look at memes and play Animal Crossing between pages, in an attempt to prevent the words from traveling too deep. The second I finished, I burst into sudden and unexpected tears, gone in thirty seconds but still there, still felt and surprising.
Im not sure yet if Im glad I ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads book giveaway and I was so excited because it was one of my most anticipating reads.
This book was so dark and disturbing. It was one of the most disturbing books that I ever read. This one was way out of my comfort zone. I love books that are dark and disturbing but this one was so unsettling. It stayed with me for a long time and I couldn't get it out of my head. I was so disappointed in this book. This book was not my genre but I saw all the glowing five ...more
This story goes back and forth in time from when Vanessa started attending a boarding school at 15 years of age and has a relationship with her 42 year old English teacher and in her later years when she is a 32 year old adult.
Vanessa had a dark side, kept to herself.. quite a solitary personality. Her teacher paid her a lot of attention and complimented her and loaned out his favorite books to her etc.. she actually started seeking him out, felt special and felt powerful over ...more
In the review, I said I'd talk more about the ending here. So here we go (view spoiler)[ I didn't expect it to end where it did. I thought she would be further along before we left her, that she would be starting to put her life back to together but it seemed like she was just starting to start. ...more
I wish I could somehow unread this disturbing book.
My curiosity got the best of me after reading the countless 5 star reviews. It wasnt a storyline that appealed to me but I had to see what all the buzz was about. After reading halfway through and feeling like I was missing something, I continued on as my curiosity kept pushing me further and had me thinking this must get better. Unfortunately, it didnt get better after halfway, in fact, it got worse. I finished this novel feeling ...more
This story is about Vanessa a 15 year old girl who attends boarding ...more
Its a disturbing unsettling read, but its also completely compulsive.
Its a topic that is both daunting and happens although this is a fiction novel.
A taboo subject that messes with your head.
A teacher perverted who messes with a 15 year olds head.
Vanessa hasnt many friends, she seems lonely at times (to me)
A start of her teacher grooming Vanessa sent the hair on the back of my neck up on end.
What was twisted was the affair. When she finds out ...more
2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.
2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming ...more
I cannot emphasise how angry and upsetting the content of this book made me feel. Never has a piece of fiction affected me so much It tore me apart, and I had to take frequent breaks while reading as I was so overcome. Jacob was repulsive right off the bat, there was ...more
Back in 2000, Vanessa was fifteen years old and attending a boarding school. She doesn't ...more
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.
Holy crap. Believe the hype surrounding My Dark Vanessa! This is one of the best and most compelling books Ive read all year - or perhaps, ever!
My Dark Vanessa is almost overwhelming with how relevant and powerful it is. It tells the story of Vanessa Wye, and the relationship she had with her English teacher which started when she was only 15 years old and he was almost 30 years her senior. The story goes back and forth, flitting ...more
My Dark Vanessa could be a story of a 15 year old girl who fell in love with her teacher or it might be a story of a 15 year old who was groomed and abused by a manipulative predator of a teacher. In any case, it is a story of a troubled but vulnerable girl yearning for love who ...more
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