absolutely loved this book
I‘m really looking forward to get started on my first book of the very exciting #nywd2022 list I got from @LapReader 🥰 this is the first one I‘m going to try as I already owned it but I‘m going to try to do more from the list throughout the year when I can get my hands on them!
I‘m going to make a start on this as soon as I finish Night Film - though as that‘s 600 pages long I‘m not sure exactly when I‘ll be done!
My Dark Vanessa is a very dark book as in the title. This book put me in a lot of disturbing thoughts. The book is written in the 2-time span 1st when she was 15 and 2nd when she was 32 .while getting to know about Vanessa life sometimes you will feel pity and next time you will hate her. I was really mad at the character. There comes a time when this book destroys your mind and you can't think straight. Overall a very hard book to digest.
The author tells a story that also provides an important social commentary on this key issue.
It shows the complexities surrounding abuse and the relationship between the victims and abusers.
I was disappointed in this book though after all the hype. It takes inspiration from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov but it's certainly not a masterpiece.
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It‘s creepy & intense, and I am hooked, so I suppose I see why this book is considered a thriller. But it‘s also a complicated reimagining of the classic Lolita. Fascinating & uncomfortable. Listening in the car & while doing housework. #audiobook #thriller #metoo #TeamSlaughter
Trigger warnings of sexual abuse and suicide. This is a difficult book to read. Vanessa is abused by her teacher and she has to deal with the emotions that go with that. It is a good book dealing with a very difficult and hurtful subject. However, the sex scenes were far too graphic and not necessary to get the point across.
Wow! This book describes so well the Pedophilic Disorder, how the mental schema operates against the victims. Also, it deals with PTSD in sexual abuse survivors. How difficult could be sometimes to speak out, a person in the trauma could see the relationship as “normal” b/c many factors working in that type of relation. I read the book using also the audio and at the end the author explains that this novel was part of her Ph.D. dissertation 4.5⭐️
This one has left me with bitter sadness... an unhealthy relationship ruined the life of a young girl. In a society where relationships between older man and much younger women have always been looked upon as normal and the age boundary beyond which a girl can be considered a woman is blurry, it is hard to decide whether it was the system or her teacher who caused the greatest abuse, damage and trauma to this teenager and to others like her.
CW: rape, grooming, sexual abuse
Okay so usually I would hesitate to read a book on these themes, in fact I did hesitate as in it was on the Tournament of Books longlist and I'm only reading it now. It is the story of a girl who is groomed by her teacher and eventually raped, told by going back and forth between those years and later on in her adult years when others have publicly charged him with similar behaviors.↘️
I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have SO MANY books 📚
I‘m really feeling a tug to read this one... 🖤
Overall Rating 4¼⭐ | Narration 😍 = Amazing
This story will piss you off...but I think it‘s supposed to piss you off.
Did the manipulation come off as authentic? Yes, most of the time it did. I literally said out loud more than once while listening...he's manipulating you, girl...why can't you see it?
Did I want to reach inside the book and shake Vanessa...oh, hell yes, constantly! Both her younger & older self. ⬇
Found these at Goodwill!
Thank you so much @DinoMom for the book and these sweet treats for #bookcupidswap 🥰 I can‘t wait to sit down with a cup of tea and start this novel, it‘s been on my tbr for awhile 😊 you made this a great first swap experience!
Thank you @candority for organizing!
🎧 TW - child rape, pedophilia, sexualizing teens.
42 yr old teacher grooms precocious yet naive 15 yo student.
Her physical need to see this predatory abusive relationship as a love story was difficult to read but shows his manipulation was complete.
Well-written & narrated. A book that keeps you reading because you need closure. Good character development.
Today‘s Lolita with a side of MeToo. Now I need a support group. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/3 👇🏻
I have no idea how to rate this book. I felt so disturbed reading it and that made me dread picking it up. But I‘m amazed by the strength of emotion that this book evoked in me. That would normally make it a 5* read although I would struggle to recommend it. I can‘t wait to see what else this author does but I hope she picks a different subject matter next time
This story is powerful and beautifully told. The manipulation of abuse and the repercussions it can have on a life. I rejoined a local book club online and when I saw this as January's pick, I knew it would be a struggle due to my own troubled history with men. I ended up reading it over the course of 24 hrs because I was desperate to find some hope at the end. Bravo to women making a point to speak out about abuse and mental health. #metoo
I can‘t remember the last time I cried so much while reading a book (and then after finishing it). This one is a painful read, haunting even, but it is also beautifully written and asks very important questions.
I was sort of nervous to read this, as so many people have commented on how disturbing/upsetting it is. While I certainly found Vanessa‘s thoughts and the actions that happened to be disturbing, it didn‘t personally upset me so that was a relief. Rather, I found it a fascinating view into the emotional and mental aspect of sexual abuse/grooming of young girls. It was complex, thought provoking, well written, but, yes, quite dark. Love the cover.
I am so sorry @Bookish_AF but I‘m bailing on this one. It‘s just too angsty for me at the moment 😂. I may come back to it someday, but I‘m just not feeling it. The writing has been good, but this one isn‘t for me 🤷♀️. Luckily you gave me many more #newyearwhodis picks! Starting a new one now!
Best book of 2020! This book was so emotionally challenging and it left me breathless! The author was able to capture something that is horrific and managed to make it seem normal!! Wow! This left be with a huge book hangover!! You will not regret reading this beautifully written book!
My bit ambitious #NewyearWhoDis reading list. I may not get to all these in January, but I‘ll definitely keep reading off the list @Bookish_AF gave me all year! Yay, I‘m excited to start reading these!!
This book destroyed me. Really it did. Read at this particular time in my life it was far too true and yet so good. Never before has a book so completely absorbed me and defined my life over the course for such a long time. It took me two weeks to finish it and I still think about it constantly. Kate Elizabeth Russell has done a teriffic job in describing the mindset of the MC - ... ⬇
@Amiable OHMYGOD I can‘t wait to crack this sucker 🖤we also have some replacement chocolate since someone broke into the stash for breakfast 🍫I love the bookmarks & my son absolutely loved his gorgeous gift 💝 thank you for including him! 🎅 love it here 🎄#jolabokaflodswap
Finally got to this title that‘s been on my TBR for a while.
It‘s aptly titled and is truly dark but is raw, emotional and beautifully written. I think it gives a really honest look in to the emotional and psychological effects of abuse, making it digestible for anyone who has or hasn‘t experienced for themselves.
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