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Candid, brave and beautiful,
This review is from: Sixteen, Sixty-One (Paperback)
A memoir telling how Natalie Lucas was just fifteen when she began a close relationship with a sixty-year-old family friend. He started as a father figure, a mentor and then a tutor of sorts, he opened up Natalie's mind and heart to philosophy, literature and art.
The book chronicles the change from platonic, to love, to an erotic affair. Natalie offers candid opinion, in a focused account that never seeks pity. This is not a book for those who judge, as this is a brave and honest account of sexual awakening and that journey from teen into adulthood.
The gripping aspects emerge when Natalie decides to try living a normal life. For me this memoir isn't harrowing, it isn't a sex-diary or a misery-memoir, instead it's brave, intelligent and remarkable. It's the true story of a lonely teenager, one who doesn't quite fit in. It's a story about manipulation, scare tactics and love. And, above all else, it's a story of personal growth. It is really rather beautiful.