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Precocious by Joanna BarnardFiona 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 enough to clich d, but fitting nonetheless Teenage emotions run rife, 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 and experienced in luring his willing pupil first to after school consultations and later to 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 old enough 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 expected Precocious by Joanna Barnard must be at the top of every readers must read list exactly that MUST READ. I have to admit to being a bit weary of unreliable narrators it seems to be the go to narrative mode for everyone 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 is a somewhat tabloidy voyeurism The sections where the main character is supposed to be 14 never quite 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 text each other so it comes naturally, either way it s a bit like hyperventilating as you read, exciting at first then later 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 events and obessional internal monologue are scurrilous enough to keep many riveted.There are some nice turns of phras, and of course the taboo subject is compelling but by the 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, 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. Can There Be A Unreliable Narrator Than A Teenage Girl Fiona Palmer Is Un Happily Married When A Chance Meeting With Her Former Teacher Plunges Her Headlong Into An AffairIntercut With The Realities Of Their Adult Relationship, Fiona Remembers First Meeting The Enigmatic Henry Morgan As A Precocious And Lonely Fourteen Year Old Her Schoolgirl Crush Developed Into An Intense Relationship, But It Was Always One Which She ControlledOr Did She Precocious is a story of how Fiona Palmer writes with enthusiasm in her diary on scraps of paper and notebooks.You 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, to be honest Can there be a unreliable narrator than a teenage girl This page turning scandal takes us through how Fiona meets up with her ex school teacher that she used to have a crush on There are some lessons you shouldn t learn in school At school fourteen year old Fiona had fallen in love with her teacher Henry Morgan Her crush developed into an intense relationship Fifteen years later married Fiona by chance meets up with her former school teacher again Are they both just becoming friends again or could it plunge into Fiona shares her secret with one of her best friends that she had just met up with her ex teacher Mr Morgan and went for a meal with him and that they kissed But Fiona is supposed to be married even though she thinks that she is unhappily married The reason why Fiona got married to Dave was to protect her from the catalogue of mini disappointments that surrounded her life The story of Precocious is a controversial, compelling debut novel from an award winning writer, Precocious is a Lolita for the modern age.I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a proof copy. Mi trovo davvero in difficolt a descrivere e a dare un giudizio su questo libro, perch credo di esserne stata particolarmente coinvolta, purtroppo quello che mi ha trasmesso stato un senso di inquietudine e spesso angoscia, per me stata una lettura faticosissima, e non so quanto riuscir a essere obiettiva, ma ci provo.Fatta la premessa iniziamo, la sinossi scritta molto bene ma non ti prepara a quello che andrai a leggere.Il romanzo parla in realt di un tema molto scottante i rapporti tra insegnante alunno, anche se non originalissimo Questa volta l autrice cambia il punto di vista e la voce narrante della vicenda una trentenne, Fiona, donna felicemente sposata, almeno fino al momento dell incontro con Morgan il suo vecchio insegnante, che non ha mai dimenticato una storia che parla di ossessione, di tradimento, di fiducia.La storia racconta due linee temporali nella vita di Fiona, che si alternano tra di loro in modo abbastanza uniforme Da adolescente lei una ragazza che vive una situazione familiare difficile, con i genitori che non sono pi una coppia, e trova conforto nei suoi sentimenti per un insegnante Da donna sposata lei capisce che suo marito le d tutto, ma la routine e questo ricordo idealizzato e ossessivo per il suo professore mentore non la abbandona mai e le impedisce di vivere appieno il matrimonio Le narrazioni di presente e passato si dipanano l una accanto all altra, a volte con continuit , a volte iniziando con una pagina del diario di Fiona quindicenne, entrambi potrebbero esistere l uno senza l altra, ma si arricchiscono insieme.L autrice descrive un tema controverso non schierandosi mai, descrive gli eventi, e tutte le sensazioni di Fiona sia da ragazza che da donna matura, le problematiche che via via attraversa e la sua ossessione, con un linguaggio spesso introspettivo.Sono rimasta sorpresa da come il mio giudizio sui personaggi cambiato radicalmente man mano che andavo avanti con la lettura Si capiscono molte cose, ma non perch sia presente una qualche valutazione da parte della voce narrante, ma semplicemente perch i fatti cambiano e si cominciano a vedere le problematiche vere all interno dei protagonisti Mentre nelle prime pagine sentivo comprensione verso di loro, proseguendo questa comprensione spariva, ma anche se sembrer strano ne sono rimasta stupita io per prima non sono riuscita a provare nessun sentimento verso i protagonisti, solo angoscia per la storia Malgrado sia pienamente consapevole che una la vittima e l altro il carnefice non ho provato nessuna empatia nei confronti di Fiona, e questa cosa mi ha davvero colpita.Entrambi i personaggi risultano manipolatori, bugiardi e molto innamorati di se stessi prima che dell altro Fiona molto abile nel giocare il gioco della seduzione e Morgan ha un modo sottile per abusare della sua autorit , a volte sembra quasi lui la vittima CONTINUA A LEGGERE LA RECENSIONE QUI 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 emotions involved Rendered in broad strokes, the characters and situations didn t quite jump off the page for me. 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 unsettling.The 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 role.The story covers two timelines in Fiona s life, alternating between them fairly evenly 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 quite belonging, and turns her feelings once to the man who defined her type The plots run alongside each other smoothly, with few anachronistic checks, and a general sense that both could exist without the other, but that they are both richer as a pair.Truly 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 exercises restraint in offering up the events 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 early experiences, with some powerfully significant aspects presented both sensitively and capably The depth this gave her character was very significant in keeping me 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 reading.For 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 was expecting 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 enough to keep me coming back I thought the ending was delivered well, however a bit like ending a meal after the main course I was satisfied, but I would ve happily had a little extra too It leaves me feeling content having read it, but despite the strengths I think it is unlikely I will return to reread it.A complimentary copy of this book was supplied for review by the publisher as part of the First Reads program. Mi trovo davvero in difficolt a descrivere e a dare un giudizio su questo libro, perch credo di esserne stata particolarmente coinvolta, purtroppo quello che mi ha trasmesso stato un senso di inquietudine e spesso angoscia, per me stata una lettura faticosissima, e non so quanto riuscir a essere obiettiva, ma ci provo.Fatta la premessa iniziamo, la sinossi scritta molto bene ma non ti prepara a quello che andrai a leggere.Il romanzo parla in realt di un tema molto scottante i rapporti tra insegnante alunno, anche se non originalissimo Questa volta l autrice cambia il punto di vista e la voce narrante della vicenda una trentenne, Fiona, donna felicemente sposata, almeno fino al momento dell incontro con Morgan il suo vecchio insegnante, che non ha mai dimenticato una storia che parla di ossessione, di tradimento, di fiducia.La storia racconta due linee temporali nella vita di Fiona, che si alternano tra di loro in modo abbastanza uniforme Da adolescente lei una ragazza che vive una situazione familiare difficile, con i genitori che non sono pi una coppia, e trova conforto nei suoi sentimenti per un insegnante Da donna sposata lei capisce che suo marito le d tutto, ma la routine e questo ricordo idealizzato e ossessivo per il suo professore mentore non la abbandona mai e le impedisce di vivere appieno il matrimonio PER LEGGERE IL RESTO DELLA RECENSIONE SEGUITECI SU NEW ADULT e DINTORNI BLOG 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 blame Years 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 enigmatic teacher work together with no sexual involvement Can a mutual respect for each other remain innocent Does age really matter Joanna Barnard askes these questions, 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 its tale Although this is not an original idea, the concept of a teacher pupil relationship is addressed in a slightly different way This time the narrator is a thirty year old, married woman, recalling her experiences as a fifteen year old student in love with her mentor She almost loves him before even setting eyes on him, as he is extremely popular with the students of the school In his twenties, handsome, in an intelligent way, he is a bit of an 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, fairly equally, 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 emotion and neither having an ounce of compassion for anyone but themselves There are secrets, lies and hidden agendas from both ends 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 ending 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 on 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 long into an all consuming affair Fiona is now thirty and when a chance meeting with Henry highlights the mediocrity of her marriage and career, she abandons both to recapture the passion and excitement of their once illicit relationship Moving between the present and past, Barnard details the evolution of the relationship between Fiona and Henry Fiona s teenage diary entries and recollections reveal her vulnerability and angst, chronicling her schoolgirl crush, and her growing determination to seduce Mr MorganWhen I think about it, I have really sort of worked on him, and I feel like I m getting somewhere In the space of about a year, I ve decided I would get close to him and I have I have got a tiny piece of HM but it gives me hope I will get all of him someday Fiona s second tense present voice details their reunion as adults, her obsessive desire to reignite their relationship and to finally become his legitimate lover, an equal partnerYou are everywhere.HM Your initials I see them in car registrations and my heart skips a beat I seek out the letters H and M in newspapers and draw them together with my eyes HM.Him Him, him, him You, you, you Parasite of my thoughtsBut as the story progresses, Fiona s fairytale notions are slowly stripped away Morgan is revealed as a skilled manipulator, and the ways in which he nurtured and inflamed Fiona s teenage devotion become clear While Fiona has always been convinced she was the instigator of their relationship, learning that she was not the first, nor had been the last, in a long line of student conquests she is forced to reexamine their past, and present, relationship.Barnard s exploration of the relationship is thoughtful, avoiding sensationalism in favour of realism The writing is skilled, with an immediate and intimate tone that draws the reader in.Compelling and provocative, Precocious is a thought provoking story about an unsettling subject.