My Dark Vanessa
An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher
ALL HE DID WAS FALL IN LOVE WITH ME AND THE WORLD TURNED HIM INTO A MONSTER
Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher.
She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been...more
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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 Vanessa’s mother had serious reasons to worry about her daughter’s basic state of well-being...or if the mother was just being a typical mom. ( “make some friends”, ...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
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
This story is about Vanessa a 15 year old girl who attends boarding ...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
It’s a disturbing unsettling read, but it’s also completely compulsive.
It’s 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 hasn’t 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 ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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 anycase, it is a story of a troubled but vulnerable girl yearning for love who is ...more
Back in 2000, Vanessa was fifteen years old and attending a boarding school. She doesn't ...more
Kate Elizabeth Russell presents a story so deeply embedded into the rough-edged corners of the mind that one must pause continuously throughout it and sift through the muddled surfaces for personal clarity. The publisher's brief introduction allows us to feel the beginnings of a glimmer into a student/teacher relationship that goes tragically into the high weeds of the forbidden.
Vanessa Wye is but fifteen years old. She's been awarded a scholarship to a ...more
My Dark Vanessa is extremely compelling, raw, disturbing, and heartbreaking. Russell is quite the masterful storyteller. I felt like I was in a trance reading her words.
Welcome to Vanessa... let her show you her dark world.
I was seeing so many 5 star reviews for this novel and knew I had to experience the darkness myself. My Dark Vanessa explores a story of a women who has been victimized by her teacher her entire life from the start of age 15 to present day at 32.
Vanessa, at 32: prompted by #metoo into reckoning with the grooming and abuse that has defined her life.
Told through the victim’s romance-warped lens, the protagonist of My Dark Vanessa defends her abuse as a ‘love story’ … then gradually comes to a different realisation. A young girl believes herself to be singled-out, special, passionately in love, when in fact she is being exploited. It’s a tale as old as ...more
Throughout the years Vanessa has maintained contact with Jacob as she ...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.”
Recently I read a nonfiction book which claimed that when reading a book “However you get it, you’ve got it right”. When I read those words I found them vaguely equivocal...case in point, in My Dark Vanessa the misreading of a novel has disastrous consequences.
When fifteen year old Vanessa is given a copy of Lolita by her forty-five year old teacher, Jacob ...more
When Strane and I met, I was fifteen and he was forty-five, a perfect thirty years between us .. I loved the math of it, how he was exactly three times my age, how easy it was to imagine three of me fitting inside him: one of me curled around his brain, another around his heart, the third turned to liquid and sliding through his veins....more
There was something about me that made it worth the risk. I had an allure that drew him in. … Lurking within me, he said, was a dark romanticism, the same kind
When we first meet Vanessa she’s 32 years old and working at a dead end job in a hotel, having recently split from another short term boyfriend. She seems to harbour an obsession with her past, looking up the details of a news story involving her old teacher and another former pupil. As we read, we learn Vanessa has an unnatural attachment to the case - Vanessa had an affair with her English teacher Mr Strane when she was 15 years old. It was love - ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Adult : Book is written from the pov of a student who had a relationship with her teacher when she was in school and now that same teacher is accused of sexual misconduct .. this is the synopsis i remember. [s]||3||70||Aug 06, 2019 09:54PM|