Being Lolita: A Memoir
A dark romance evolves between a high schooler and her English teacher, in this breathtakingly powerful memoir about a young woman who must learn to rewrite her own story.
“Have you ever read Lolita?”
So begins seventeen-year-old Alisson’s metamorphosis from student to lover and then victim. A lonely and vulnerable high school senior, Alisson finds solace only in her wr...more
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I was intrigued when I first saw this because I had admired the book My Dark Vanessa about the same topic in recent months. There were so many similarities it was uncanny, but this is an actual memoir. Ironically enough, I enjoyed the fictionalized My Dark Vanessa a tad more.
Alisson Woods is a teenager who has suffered with depression, manifesting in cutting and a suicide attempt. After successful psychological treatment she returns to high school, only to get lured in ...more
Raw, engrossing, and unputdownable!
Being Lolita is a journey through Alisson Wood's experiences as a teenager and young woman, from her descent as the idealized 'nymphet' created by the grooming of her teacher Mr. North's 'Humbert Humbert' to the poised, strong, and unabashedly honest woman she is today.
This memoir is completely consuming---I finished it in a matter of hours! Wood manage ...more
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At what point does a man transform into a wolf?
At what point does a girl turn into prey?
Really, though, as soon as I saw that title and cover I was all over snagging this from the library because . . . .
It’s a bit of an obsession.
It probably goes without saying that this was an uncomfortable read. We meet Allison as a 17-year old senior who has a reputation in her high school for being craz ...more
The hardest parts (and there were so many of them) were Alisson's denial about her relationship with The Teacher ...more
‘being lolita’ is an incredibly raw, vulnerable, and engrossing memoir about alisson wood’s relationship with her high school english teacher, mr north. at age 17, alisson first turns to mr north for help with her writing, but things turn darker when he gives her a copy of nabokov’s ‘lolita’ to read, claiming it’s a beautiful love story to rival their own. ‘lolita’ ultimately sets the backdrop for the rest of their time together, creating a relationship which turns from a simple crush into a ...more
There have been several books with this kind of story that have been released over the past few years, and I think it's really import ...more
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It shows a relationship between a high school teacher and his student.
Nick is extremely manipulative and twisted. As an educated man (ENGLISH TEACHER !!!) the way he romanticizes Lolita is sick. He literally, willingly identifies with Humbert Humbert.......... There is this scene, where he is so pissed off at Alisson, because when they have sex for the first time she bleeds, even though she said she isn't ...more
I was in that play with Alison, and I knew what was happening between her and "Mr. North." The energy was undeniable and the level of discomfort was palpable. In short, "Mr.North" was always a cre ...more
First, “Being Lolita’’ is a memoir of the author's life story from a young to adolescence. Her memoir was laid in the backdrop of a famous and controversial book of the times “Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.” Some view Lolita as a forbidden love story between an adult and a child, while others view disgust and argue that this NOT love! It’s abuse and crime!
No doubt, I, too, see the story as an inexcusable cr ...more
"I wonder about things like fate, how sometimes things are just chosen for you, how women are chosen to endure suffering." - Being Lolita.
REVIEW: Thank you to NetGalley, Flatiron Books, and Alisson Wood for providing me with an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "Being Lolita" is Alisson Wood's memoir about her dark, forbidden romance with her high school English teacher Mr. North. Mr. North provides her with a copy of Nabokov's book "Lolita" and it s ...more
And here is my full-length video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U2sU....
Alrighty, let's do this.
As with my video review, I'll start with a pretty important disclaimer:
I do NOT dispute the fact that the author, Ms. Wood, went through the experience of an abusive sexual relationship with a man who was her teacher in her senior year of high school; that she is a victim and survivor of rape, emotional abuse and grooming*. I'm sorry this happe ...more
However, I did feel a deep emotional connection to Alisson's story and words. Not because I could relate to her abuse, but in the way in which she systematically demonstrates the power of language or words. Alisson expertly shows us just how men in positions of power have used those words to create ...more
The year is 2001, 17 year old Alisson just returned to high school after bouts of depression and ultimately ECT therapy. She feels empty and unmotivated until a certain attractive English teacher starts to take an interest.
There have been and always be “Lolitas” in ...more
This memoir felt fast paced and read like a novel (I actually had to keep reminding myself that this was the authors real life). Alisson Wood recounts her senior years at high school and the start of her college experience while she is in a secret relationship with one of her teachers.
Reading about relationship itself is very uncomfortable. The teacher is passionate about english and has an unhealthy obsession with the controversial classic ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Naboko ...more
What I will say is that I really loved this book. It was well written and perfectly paced, though absolutely gut-wrenching from beginning to end. I applaud Alisson Wood for how candid she was about such a horrific time in her life. This is such an important read for those who aren't willing to fully grapple with the way our culture has twisted Lol ...more
After recovering from depression via ECT and therapy, Alisson begins a relationship with her high-school English teacher. Using the book Lolita as a guide to their relationship, he grooms and seduces her. Young Alisson is lonely; longing for companionship and to be understood. The memoir is Alisson’s experience, as well as her gradual recognition and understanding of ...more
There is an innate fascination with the book Lolita amongst people I know...even I have recently acquired a copy to read because truly, I hadn't given it much thought to even pick it up until it became such a topic of conversation.
So, when this book became available, I knew it was something I would find interest in. I wasn't wrong...so FASCINATING. And that sounds a little morbid knowing the true context in which this real-life happening is based. Even so, I was hooked and determ ...more
Being Lolita is a raw, powerful, and disturbing story about a high school student and her teacher who seduces her into becoming his Lolita. The manipulation and violence inflicted on this young girl, that is twisted in a way to make her believe that this is what love is, is beyond disturbing.
Allison writes in this w ...more