Rachel has a crush on her new English teacher. Mike fancies Rachel too. But neither plans to do anything about it. Then a school play brings them close together. Really close. What began as a school girl fantasy has turned into an X-rated nightmare.
What strikes me most about 'Love Lessons' is how Belbin manages to skirt the cliches of writing such a story - the emotions are raw, and draw the reader in from the moment it starts with its dealings of the complexities of the 'teenage crush', and the replicated feelings of the teacher, drawing to the eyes of the audience some of the difficulties in which young teachers must find themselves when confronted with an attractive member of the opposite sex, only a few years younger, and with the taste of 'forbidden fruit' on top.
Other reviewers may have condemned the ending of the novel, which, whilst predictable, serves as a warning to the many young people throughout the schooling system who may find themselves in the same situation. Yes, the storyline (and the ending certainly) may be seen as a cliche in literary terms, but it is suprisingly apt and true to lifes workings.
The novel is well styled, simple to read, and penetrates the thoughts and feelings of the reader, transporting them back to the fantasies of their first crush.
For the record, I'm 20, above the 'reading age' for this 'childrens book'. Yes, it's sold with the teenage market in mind, but for those of you adults who've shared the fantasy...give it a go.
"Love Lesson" is an original yet realistic story line which grips you until the final word is read. Its one of those books that you will never get tierd of.
Any teenage girl will enjoy this book as i certainly did.