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Me and Mr Booker [Kindle Edition]

Cory Taylor
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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'A beautifully paced and endlessly witty book about growing up.' Isla Dewar

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Looking back, Martha could’ve said no when Mr Booker first tried to kiss her. That would’ve been the sensible thing to do. But Martha is sixteen, she lives in a small dull town – a cemetery with lights – her father is mad, her home is stifling, and she’s waiting for the rest of her life to begin. Of course Martha would kiss the charming Englishman who brightened her world with style, adventure, whisky, cigarettes and sex. But Martha didn’t count on the consequences. Me and Mr Booker is a story about feeling old when you’re young and acting young when you’re not. Located in small town Australia, Cory Taylor’s first novel is already a smash hit in her home country. Martha’s adventures with Mr Booker will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with plenty to think about; maybe be angry about, then again maybe not.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905207999
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FOSI5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sexy, moving 3 Mar 2011
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Me and Mr Booker, Cory Taylor's first novel, has been described as a coming of age novel. Martha is sixteen and tells people she is emotionally scarred from her parents' marriage break-up. She considers her unemployed (and seemingly unemployable) father, Victor, mad, and in a frightening rather than an amusing way. Her mother, Jessica, a teacher, throws parties every weekend to ward off the boredom and loneliness of weekends, and her older brother Eddie is away in New Guinea. In this dysfunctional atmosphere, Martha finds herself waiting for something to happen in her life. As luck will have it, that something is Mr Booker: English, sophisticated, charming and impossible to resist, despite the fact that he comes complete with a wife. Very little is learned about Mr Booker (and never his first name) until the last chapter: the very last line of the book reveals much.
Taylor expertly captures the feel of the dull country town, the sense of boredom and even hopelessness. She lets us inside the mind of a sixteen-year-old girl, one who feels "old" because of her parents' attitude and the way men have started to look at her. Her affair with Mr Booker seems inevitable, and Taylor builds the tension throughout the book, giving the reader a sense of "this can't end well". This tension is regularly eased by the witty repartee between the characters. As well as this, Victor's delusions and his letters to Jessica, full of inappropriately grandiloquent language, are quite a source of humour. Some of his later letters are, unintentionally, truly hilarious.
Taylor gives us believable characters and authentic dialogue. As we join Martha's journey towards adulthood and maturity, it is hard not to hope she finds her way without too much heartbreak. The last page, a touching ending, has the reader wondering who really has the power over whom? Me and Mr Booker is funny, sexy, moving: altogether a great read. Let us hope Cory Taylor has more like this one to share with her readers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sense of time and place 28 Jun 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Martha is sixteen and lives in a small Australian town. While I'm not sure when the book was set, my impression was that it was probably in the 1980s. Her parents have split, she is precocious and bored, desperate to escape. An English couple aged in their 30s come to live in the town and befriend her and her mother. To Martha the fact that they are from England makes them exotic and glamorous (she is immune to the fact that they hail from a small town on the Welsh border and his parents live in a caravan park). Martha and Mr Booker begin an affair.

This is a very well written book and I admired it tremendously but the sordid nature of their relationship and the way that everyone in the novel was so dislikeable prevented me from really loving it. This is more a reflection on me than on the book. The author captures Martha perfectly - her world-weariness and sense of sophistication, while being far less sophisticated than she realises. The insights into the Bookers - which Martha is oblivious to - are also well portrayed. A clever and memorable novel. I just wished I'd liked it more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried too hard 24 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author really tried too hard to create unusual characters and situations. I thought it was dreadful and gave up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty awful story 5 Feb 2013
By Jess
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bad storyline, poorly written. The plot never really develops. You never really get to know any of the characters, which makes them all deeply unlike able. There is very little chemistry between Martha and Mr Booker, and very little character development. I kept reading hoping something would Actually happen, but to no avail. I recommend reading something else...not worth your time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An accumulation of disappointed lives 16 Dec 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a book with real personality in its narrative voice. Martha is 16 in a small nowhere-town in Australia - and knows that men are starting to look at her in a certain way. In a bid to escape her dysfunctional family, she's drawn to the `glamorous' English Bookers - and is soon involved in her first sexual affair.

Martha's voice is ebullient and honest as she negotiates adulthood in the face of her parents' messy divorce, her absent older brother, and various family friends. Taylor is very clever in the way she layers Martha's view of Mr Booker with our response to this 34-year old man with his white linen suits, red handkerchiefs, equally provincial background and corny double-entendres. And I liked that this doesn't make anyone into a simple, one-dimensional character.

Beneath the animated surface of this book is a sad story of disappointed lives as people struggle with disillusionment, regret, frustration and failure. And we're left at the end not completely sure whether Martha herself has escaped this fate or not. Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pick another book 29 Nov 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Set in a small Australian town, "Me and Mr Booker" is about an affair between 16 year old schoolgirl Martha, the book's narrator, and a 32 year old married university teacher from Britain called Mr Booker. Cory Taylor captures the voice of a 16 year old and the frustration she feels at living in a small town very well. That restless yearning to grow up, move out, and see the world is something a lot of people can relate to and Martha is a convincingly real person.

The novel explores the angle that young people, particularly teenagers, feel that they know everything and see things more clearly than their elders. Through Martha's narration, we see a more complex relationship between Mr and Mrs Booker than the simplistic "he's unhappy with his wife" motif that Martha imagines. Martha's naivety is highlighted through her constantly asking Mr Booker when he will leave his wife, when they will start their new life together, and it's painfully clear to the reader that Martha really doesn't understand the nature of their relationship or much at all about Mr and Mrs Booker's.

But the novel is too long. At 220 pages, it's not a long book but despite this brevity the book felt overlong by half. Once Taylor establishes the main characters, they continue in their way straight through until the end with little variation. Martha doesn't seem to change much and neither do the other characters. This stasis isn't helped by a lack of plot, and the novel meanders aimlessly repeating sex scenes, clandestine meetings, and secrets hidden in public appearances. It gets very tired after a while.

There also isn't a single likeable character in the book. Martha is bratty, deluded and a tool. Mr Booker is worse because he's just a loser.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked and witty
Martha is sixteen, but she feels older. She lives with her rather bohemian divorced mother in a small Australian town where nothing ever happens, and she is impatient for life to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Dawson
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy it
I didn't actually finish this book as i though it was so bad. I bought it on an offer week but wish i hadn't! Don't bother reading it!
Published 13 months ago by MRS I CHAPLIN
3.0 out of 5 stars reasonable read
Not mind blowing or a can't put down read but interesting and well written. A good easy holiday book. Enjoyed
Published 13 months ago by ginakersh
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I didn't care for this book, which is especially disappointing because I really thought it would be better. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Theo
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work...
This book was okay, the sort of story about a young girl and an older man set in Australia. It focuses on their 'relationship' but not much more than that really. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Douglas
3.0 out of 5 stars Erm ok..
This book was ok and wasted away the hours I spend on the train everyday but I just didn't really see the point in it. It was just the same all the way through. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jodie Lenton
4.0 out of 5 stars me and mr booker
WINNER: Commonwealth Book Prize, Pacific Region 2012.

I saw this book reviewed and discussed at the beginning of 2011 in Australia and the way it was talked about made... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Green Book Addict Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, unusual little book
I absolutely loved this book. It was so beautifully and cleverly written, I couldn't put it down. Sometimes a story can be so well written it doesn't need a twist or a shocking... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dulcie Button
1.0 out of 5 stars Me and Mr Booker
A very poor story line, I felt I was wasting my time reading such rubbish but hoped it would improve - but it didn't.
Published 17 months ago by freda
2.0 out of 5 stars not my thing.
very slow could not connect with the characters at all, not my type of book bt did persevere to the end, wished i hadnt bothered.
Published 18 months ago by Angeline Vincent
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