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This review is from: You Deserve Nothing (Paperback)I could not resist buying this book given that I am a former student of the school where the author taught before being encouraged to resign following his inappropriate relationship with one of his students. The girl this book is based on is real and the author is the protagonist. In fact virtually all of the characters are clumsily distorted real people.
I was hoping that he would have the courage to publish a novel which broadly stuck to the truth and considered events which led to him hanging out at student parties and grooming his students. Instead he presents a self-indulgent fantasy. Everyone in the book either wants to be the protagonist or wants to sleep with him. Despite everyone being based on real people the author still manages to make his characters sound unrealistic with "dude"s peppered throughout the dialogue.
If the author had the courage to analyse the situation through his book in a realistic manner (a lonely teacher with self esteem issues getting so caught up in being `in' with the cool crowd, admittedly 15 years too late, that he crosses the line from being a bit sad to being a predator) then this could have been a fascinating read. Instead the story cuts out the moral ambiguity and we are left a pathetic man's self aggrandising delusions. Not a good read.