Talking Cures and Placebo Effects eS and a general sense that both couldxist without the other but that they are both richer as a pairTruly the most laudable aspect of the story remains the manner with which the author doesn t paint the controversial subject matter in sensationalist black and white She Bulls and Burglars exercises restraint in offering up thevents being recounted I was surprise how sympathetic the protagonists start out Both slowly reveal the damage inside them The author deftly shows how Fiona has grown "from her Rambles Around Folkestone: And Other Special Articles (Classic Reprint) earlyxperiences with some powerfully significant aspects presented both sensitively and capably The depth this gave her character was " her The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel earlyxperiences with some powerfully significant aspects presented both sensitively and capably The depth this gave her character was significant in keeping me Stevie engaged Henry offers us a contrasting perspective on how people change over time and yet it too helped played a big part in keeping me readingFor my taste the book took a while to get started I was almost halfway through before I really felt things were happening but that is a subjective aspect I wasxpecting to be a bit hooked and compelled to keep reading but unfortunately it didn t have that grip over me That said the book is well written and did offer Fairy Tales enough to keep me coming back I thought thending was delivered well however a bit like Officer Buckle and Gloria ending a meal after the main course I was satisfied but I would ve happily had a littlextra too It leaves me feeling content having read it but despite the strengths I think it is unlikely I will return to reread itA complimentary copy of this book was supplied for review by the publisher as part of the First Reads program The premise of Precocious a twentysomething woman runs into a teacher with whom she had an affair at the age of 14 is tantalising and slots nicely into the domestic thriller oeuvre But the story itself feels much too slight it never really seemed to dig in to the complexities of the Antolog�a Patri�tica emotions involved Rendered in broad strokes the characters and situations didn t uite jump off the page for me I have to admit to being a bit weary of unreliable narrators it seems to be the go to narrative mode forveryone these days The first 80 pages of this book is uneven a bit muddled in places and jumps about so you have trouble sinking into the story and working out who is who I felt there was a lack of clarity in the writing at the beginning But there is something there in the story that is compelling and
KEEPS YOU READING EVEN IF IT you reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife even if it a somewhat tabloidy voyeurism The sections where the main character is supposed to be 14 never uite rang true for me she felt much older somehow and also the truncated sentences a trend with some writers meant I had to go back and re read to understand what she meant I wonder if people write in this way because it feels immediate or is it because that s how people textach other so it comes naturally
either way it s a bit like hyperventilating as you read xciting at first then way it s a bit like hyperventilating as you read xciting at first then uncomfortable and open to misinterpretation The book improves as you go further and the writing becomes confident though I never came to care about any of the people involved and I did feel that this lacked a deeper analysis and intelligence to it not in the same league as Notes on A Scandal which is mining the same territory The characterisation is weak and somewhat two dimensional but the Chosen by the Lieutenant events and obessional internal monologue are scurrilousnough to keep many rivetedThere are some nice turns of phras and of course the taboo subject is compelling but by the What Is Madness? end of it you re left feeling a bit grubby as if you ve spent the afternoon listening to gossip about someone you hardly know. Headlong into an affairIntercut with the realities of their adult relationship Fiona remembers first meeting thenigmatic Henry Morgan as a preco. I don t know what to say about this book it was written
really well but I m not sure how I feel about it I well but I m not sure how I feel about it I t really like any of the characters specially fee or Morgan which I suppose is a sign of a good book as sometimes you just don t like the characters Although towards the nd I did start to see why fee was the way she was and did highlight how things can be taken out of context and taken advantage of with Paladin's Redemption effects years later or that have been carried around through life It was at time an uncomfortable read highlighting a difficult subject matter which I thought the author did sensitively This wasn t uite what Ixpected I thought it would be a little of a thriller and lighter I wouldn t say it was constantly Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body enthralling but it was handling a serious issue in a truthful way I think the author did a great job of creating doubt Clearly this man was in the wrong but how much of it was what Fee wanted and is it possible he really had fallen in love with teenage Fee Toven be asking those uestions or having those doubts that he was anything other than a predator show how well the author wrote this I had a slight problem with the Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice ending I didn t like it I didn t think doing the normal andxpected thing with Dave was the same as loving Dave and wanting to be with him Fiona was clearly damaged with no handle on what she actually wanted I never had the feeling she loved Dave like she thought s Precocious by Joanna Barnard Fiona Palmer has a crush on her English teacher Henry Morgan Who didn t have a crush on a teacher at sometime during one s school life This one is different though very different Fiona feels the connection and Morgan feels it too She is fourteen he is old Dreamsnake enough to clich d but fitting nonetheless Teenagemotions run rife The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied: April–September 1833 emotions that are known to us all and superbly verbalised by Barnard in her ability to invade the mind of a girl seeking to be loved Morgan on the other hand is skilled andxperienced in luring his willing pupil first to after school consultations and later to Silence extraneous activities of the most licentious kind Years later when they unexpectedly meet again Fiona is married and still finds the attraction all consuming The reader is convinced Fiona is oldnough to control what happens in the complex relationship but Barnard cleverly provides us with twists and turns intrigue and antipathy and the chaos of rational and irrational behaviour
when it is least Dr. Koto Vol. 9 expected Precocious by Joanna Barnard must be at the top ofvery readers must read it is least Sworn Sword: A Free Preview expected Precocious by Joanna Barnard must be at the top ofvery readers must read xactly that MUST READ I find myself unsure how to describe this book It deals with very intense issues in a surprisingly gentle way that s not to say they are downplayed that it handles them with a delicacy and objective perspective The result is both refreshing and unsettlingThe plot unravels gently before you it doesn t deliver shock or drama in that regard the author deftly offers new information that seems to simply fill in gaps rather than a huge reveal This also lends itself to a pretty subtle character development Despite that I didn t really warm to any of the characters probably only really Mari despite her fairly minor roleThe story covers two timelines in Fiona s life alternating between them fairly venly As an adolescent she seems to not fit in and finds solace in her feelings for a teacher As a married woman she seems to have a similar feeling of not uite belonging and turns her feelings once to the man who defined her type The plots run alongside ach other smoothly with few anachronistic check. 'Can there be a unreliable narrator than a teenage girl'Fiona Palmer is unhappily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her. ,
Yet none the wiser about the people or issue involved or why they did what they did just that they did it and perhaps it s unimportant anyway Nevertheless this is a confident debut Hardly any meat and potatoes here Pretty basic age gap romance that doesn t offer anything other than a passable unreliable narrator who repeats herself probably to fill pages If you are the kind of reader who wants to know what happens next in any book you would be disappointed with what happens next in this Precocious is a story of how Fiona Palmer writes with nthusiasm in her diary on scraps of paper and notebooksYou assume of course that I kept a diary all those yearsScraps of "paper Notebooks I don t know how much of it to believe myself "Notebooks I don t know how much of it to believe myself be honest Can there be a unreliable In Precocious Joanna Bernard s protagonist Fiona Palmer has never forgotten her first love She was just fourteen a bright but lonely girl when she developed a crush on her handsome and attentive English teacher Henry Morgan and the two plunged head lo A schoolgirl crush is almost a rite of passage An influential teacher A bright young girl A love of literature and a disdain for frivolity Fifteen year old Fiona Palmer idolises her English teacher Henry Morgan and he returns her unwavering attention A line is crossed but just who is to blameYears later Fiona now married bumps into her former teacher and the passion inside her is reignited almost at once Their past is not long becoming the present but can they stop it before someone gets hurt Can a precocious child and an Kamus Bahasa Indonesia enigmatic teacher work together with no sexual involvement Can a mutual respect forach other remain innocent Does age really matter Joanna Barnard askes these uestions and within the pages of her debut novel It is a story of obsession trust honesty and betrayal A coming of age tale with a sting in taleAlthough this is not an original idea the concept of a teacherpupil is addressed in a slightly different way This time the narrator is a thirty year old married woman recalling her Pandora Gets Lazy experiences as a fifteen year old student in love with her mentor She almost loves him beforeven setting The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces eyes on him as he isxtremely popular with the students of the school In his twenties handsome in an intelligent way he is a bit of an Cabal enigma and this appeals very much to the unusual Fiona She is the stereo typical angst ridden teen with dreams of becoming a writer and being different to her peers Mr Morgan spots this trait and plays on it However Fiona is also very adept at playing the game of seduction Is it as simple as abuse of authority or does some blame lie with the mature nature of Fiona The author divides the narrative between the two frames fairlyually with Fiona guiding us through past and present It becomes very obvious that she is not a nice person Not at all Neither is Henry They are well matched Both narcissists both void of genuine Standby Nurse emotion and neither having an ounce of compassion for anyone but themselves There are secrets lies and hidden agendas from bothnds Manipulation and desperation ooze from the pages of this novel and the writing is superb The detail within the story is finely tuned and the prose is delicate yet simultaneously harsh There is however a lot of repetition and it dragged on in places The nding was also a let down for me as once again the precocious protagonist walks away unhindered and unharmed Overall a beautifully written book with a clever character driven plot It was just lacking something which I can t put my finger Cious and lonely fourteen year old Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relationship but it was always one which she controlledOr did she.