Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister, Grace, have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. Forced to wear Mum's odd handmade garments and forbidden from reading teenage magazines, they know they're very different to 'normal' girls. But when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue suddenly discovers what it's like to have a little freedom.
Sent to a real school for the first time, Prue struggles to fit in. The only person she can talk to is her kindly, young, and handsome art teacher, Rax. They quickly bond, and Prue feels more and more drawn to him. As her feelings grow stronger, she begins to realise that he might feel the same way about her. But nothing could ever happen between them, could it?
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I listened to this story with my teenage daughter who is a long standing Jacqueline Wilson fan. The narration by Finty Williams is excellent and allowed the story to be a pleasurable listening experience for both of us. Love Lessons is a typical Jacqueline Wilson novel in that it deals with difficult life situations and emotions from a young person's viewpoint. Whereas this is commendable, neither of us enjoyed or appreciated the way in which the plot developed in this particular story. The gritty realism of a schoolgirl crush sadly descended into silly fantasy with the reciprocal feelings and behaviour of the teacher. I have mixed feelings about this title - overall it is very good but with a silly and disappointing ending.
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