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Love Lessons Hardcover – 3 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; First Edition edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385608365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385608367
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. The Illustrated Mum was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for Double Act, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.

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'A brilliant young writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES; 'Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY; 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emtional issues' BOOKSELLER

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A superb novel for older readers about forbidden love, from the bestselling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 30 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in my early teens and loved it. Re-reading it now at 18 I got a really big shock. Much more wise about the world (although still not very) than I was back then, I can see that this is one messed up book with worrying morals considering the age group it's directed at. It basically sends the message that there is nothing wrong with an older teacher reciprocating feelings a FOURTEEN year old student has for him. And not just any old student, but a vulnerable one who has led a sheltered life and had little social interaction and certainly no 'street smarts'. I definitely wouldn't let anyone younger than myself read this.

Futhermore, I found the main character, Prue, to be utterly unlikeable. She's a self-centered, arrogant little priss who thinks nothing of making fun of a boys (who obviously likes her) dyslexia. I know she isn't meant to be massively likeable but it got the point where it was just irritating and I was facepalming on a regular basis.

I can honestly say though that there were likeable characters like Grace and Toby, and I can never find fault with Jacqueline Wilsons writing in itself. As always, she's a good writer, but unfortunately the contents of this book left much to be desired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Short on 26 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Im a huge fan of the Jacqueline Wilson books, each book targets children and young adults and Jaqueline Wilson writes a lot about the things most of us have suffered from as a child.
Bad Girls targets the issues of bullying.
Lola Rose targets the issues of domestic abuse.
Dustbin Baby targets abandonment etc etc.
Although i was lucky enough to never experience any of the above, it really opened my eyes to what some children do suffer.

Love Lessons, however, seems to only target 14 year old girls who regularly swap saliva with their school teachers.
I found the story of this book just ridiculous and very perverted.
Not once in this book does anyone (Not Prudence ((the main character)), her sister Grace, or Sarah) mention that what Prudence and her teacher are doing is VERY wrong.
There's a few comments made from the teacher, Mr Raxberry, about how Prudence is only 14, yet he stills carries on with her.
As a 20 year old girl myself, i could see just how much this book could warp the mind of young girls, it could even contribute to making some girls think that being 14 and having it off with men in there late 20's is a bit naughty, but so cool?

I'd be very cautious of what kind of age group would be reading this book, as i personally feel nobody under the age of 16 should be privy to this kind of content.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Z. OConnor on 17 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an avid adult reader, I was curious to try a Jacqueline Wilson book and sat down one wet Saturday to read Love Lessons. A good book is a good book, regardless of your age. But this was a real disappointment and when I finished the last page I actually uttered out loud to myself "What a strange and dodgy story!"

On the one hand, there are some excellent passages - Prue's awkwardness and isolation at her new school is described in vivid and raw detail and the way that her family dealt with the her father's sudden illness and its conseqences was very poignant and engaging. I really felt for the characters and their dilemmas.

I knew the book would deal with a friendship between student and teacher, but I was horrified that it was actually a reciprocal relationship - and that she was merely 14 years old!! That really threw me. Don't get me wrong, I love an old forbidden romance, but there are boundaries in terms of morals and taste, and the relevant chapters left me quite uncomfortable. More often than not, I skimmed over them a bit nonplussed.

While we all had a crush on a teacher at some point, and convinced ourselves that they might just reciprocate, I think in most cases we grew up to realise that we were very lucky they didn't. Any adult that is sexually drawn to a child of 14 is not crush material. What was Jacqueline Wilson - and her publisher - thinking?! There is no condemnation in the book of his behaviour - and there really isn't any reason given for this 20-somthing year old man with a wife and two kids to suddenly risk his family and job in the pursuit of an underage girl. Furthermore, when the school principal suspects a relationship, she suggests the girl leaves the school so that he can keep his job. Bizarre!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EmilyyAndrews on 10 Feb. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was younger I used to love reading Wilson's work and recently I sorted through my things and found the books that I loved the most by her; this, Diamond Girls and The Illustrated Mum. All these books were about troubled homes and things but the whole school concept was too much to handle. I got that book when I was around 13 and it felt wrong reading it, and at that age I used to read books for adults. Even reading it recently I felt strange about it, and now I'm 18. Maybe it's because I just can't relate with the main story or I didn't connect with Prue I'm not so sure. I loved the writing in it though, that's what drew me into finishing it every time, I also loved how the characters were written, especially her mum and Grace.
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