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My Dark Vanessa

Kate Elizabeth Russell

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Beschreibung

An instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller

'A package of dynamite' Stephen King

'Powerful, compulsive, brilliant' Marian Keyes

'Takes a grip on the reader and never lets go' Hilary Mantel

An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher

Kate Elizabeth Russell

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Seitenzahl 384 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 10.03.2020
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780008342265
Verlag HarperCollins
Dateigröße 1019 KB
Verkaufsrang 22065

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my dark vanessa

K. Kuhberger, Thalia-Buchhandlung Passau

The book is pretty intensive. Absolutely a skin crawl story. Vanessa is fifteen years old when she starts an affair with her English teacher Jacob Strane. Years later Strane and Vanessa are still in contact. Even as other students come forwards with a (sexual) abuse claim against him. And Vanessa's great love story is not so great anymore. She tries to come to term with the relationship (abuse!). During my reading I wanted to shout at Vanessa to wake up, to open her eyes. But sometimes it's impossible, because Strane was manipulative and used to brainwashed her really badly.

Sandra Glossmann, Thalia-Buchhandlung Magdeburg

Kate Elizabeth Russell erzählt in zwei Zeitebenen von Vanessa, die von ihrem Lehrer missbraucht wurde, während sie das Ganze auch im Erwachsenenleben als einvernehmliche Liebesbeziehung wertet und unter den Folgen leitet. Bis neue Anschuldigen auftauchen ... Erschütternd!

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alles gut
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 19.07.2020
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

schnell & unbeschädigt bei mir angekommen // zum Buch selbst: nicht das "vergnüglichste" Buch, das ich dieses Jahr gelesen habe, aber objektiv das beste. bin froh, es gelesen zu haben; ich verstehe jetzt besser, wie so etwas passieren kann.

Painfully Honest and Impactful
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 09.04.2020
Bewertet: Einband: gebundene Ausgabe

Be warned: This book deals with a very heavy subject matter and definitely won't be for everyone. It is hard to stomach and definitely tugs at one's heartstrings. „[…] why is everyone so scared to admit how good that can feel? To be groomed is to be loved and handled like a precious, delicate thing.“ „My Dark Vanessa“ alternat... Be warned: This book deals with a very heavy subject matter and definitely won't be for everyone. It is hard to stomach and definitely tugs at one's heartstrings. „[…] why is everyone so scared to admit how good that can feel? To be groomed is to be loved and handled like a precious, delicate thing.“ „My Dark Vanessa“ alternates between present and past as it tells the story of a horrific crime, as experienced by the abuse survivor. Vanessa has her first sexual encounter at 15 - with her teacher, 27 years her senior. While she is aware to some extent, even then, how wrong their relationship is, it isn't until she is confronted with it all again almost two decades later, when allegations arise against him, that she is forced to re-evaluate the past she downplayed and romanticized ever since. I applaude Kate Elizabeth Russell for writing such a well-crafted and impactful novel. It is painfully honest, raw, discomforting, infuriating and yet somehow cautiously hopeful. For the reader, it is painfully obvious to see how Strane takes advantage of his student’s naivete, vulnerability and need for attention and manipulates and grooms her to his liking. At the same time, one can relate to the ways Vanessa tries to justify, cope with and even revel in the situation she finds herself in. It is very hard to witness how she is simultaneously aware of and blind to the seriousness of it all. Even more painful than her internal struggle, however, are the more explicit scenes in this book. The author really doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Furthermore, I think that Russell shows very truthfully how damaging an experience like Vanessa’s can be in the long run, as she is still struggling with the repercussions long after she’s become an adult. In my opinion, „My Dark Vanessa“ is a very important and well-crafted novel, that first and foremost raises awareness and should be read by as many people as possible.

Kate Elizabeth Russell - My Dark Vanessa
von Miss.mesmerized am 11.03.2020

A big dream becomes true when 15-year-old Vanessa Wye is accepted at Browick, an expensive boarding school with an excellent educational programme. Immediately she is hooked by her literature teacher, Jacob Strane, who opens the world of books to her. But this is not the only world he introduces her to. It all starts with some g... A big dream becomes true when 15-year-old Vanessa Wye is accepted at Browick, an expensive boarding school with an excellent educational programme. Immediately she is hooked by her literature teacher, Jacob Strane, who opens the world of books to her. But this is not the only world he introduces her to. It all starts with some glances, some minutes he makes her linger after class, a careless and random touch until it is what it should not be: sexual abuse of a minor and a student. However, this is just one view, for Vanessa, it is her first love, the first time somebody pays attention to her, tells her she is pretty, appreciates her mind and opinion. Of course, a secret relationship like this will not go unnoticed and when Strane and Vanessa are confronted with the accusations, it is her who is expelled. More than 15 years later, she still wonders how all this could have gone so wrong, they were only in love, that’s all. Kate Elizabeth Russel’s novel really is a hell of a read. Using the first person narrator perspective, you climb into Vanessa’s head and get her thinking without any filter. More than once I was stunned, abhorred, terrified or just could shake my head in disbelieve. This girl – even as a grown up woman – is totally captured in her construction of the world, her oftentimes limited capacities of assessing a situation and the naivety with which she confronts her treacherous teacher is one of the best and highly authentic characters I have read about in a while. Even though I could hardly be farther away in my own thinking, I can easily imagine that her state of mind can be found in many girls who are insecure and a bit detached from her classmates. This novel certainly is not for the highly sensitive. Child abuse and sexual harassment have been topics I have been faced with in my job and in my opinion, “My Dark Vanessa” is a superb example of how a molester gets closer to his victim and which techniques of manipulation he can use to make a girl or woman comply with his wishes. Blaming the victim for what has happened is one of the most loathsome strategies but quite typical and more than once I cringed while reading. Several times, Vanessa senses that something is not right, she feels maybe not abused but her wishes and needs are not respected but she does not possess the mental force or the words to express her position. Even when she is older, it takes some time for her to say it out loud what all that happened has to be called. Possibly her own understanding helped her to cope with the situation better than others, nevertheless, at 32, she is a total mess and far from mentally stable. A wonderful novel in many respects. Not an easy topic to write about, but an exceptional development of the characters and by using flashbacks also an excellent way of presenting two interpretations of the same incident, the younger and the older Vanessa are not the same anymore. “My Dark Vanessa” was highly praised as one of the most remarkable and important debuts of 2020 – I could hardly agree more with this.


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