review Precocious 103

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Headlong into an affairIntercut with the realities of their adult relationship Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a preco. Hardly any meat and potatoes here Pretty basic age gap romance that doesn't offer anything other than a passable unreliable narrator who repeats herself probably to fill pages If you are the kind of reader who wants to know what happens next in any book you would be disappointed with what happens next in this

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PrecociousCious and lonely fourteen year old Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relationship but it was always one which she controlledOr did she. I find myself unsure how to describe this book It deals with very intense issues in a surprisingly gentle way that's not to say they are downplayed that it handles them with a delicacy and objective perspective The result is both refreshing and unsettlingThe plot unravels gently before you it doesn't deliver shock or drama in that regard the author deftly offers new information that seems to simply fill in gaps rather than a huge reveal This also lends itself to a pretty subtle character development Despite that I didn't really warm to any of the characters probably only really Mari despite her fairly minor roleThe story covers two timelines in Fiona's life alternating between them fairly evenly As an adolescent she seems to not fit in and finds solace in her feelings for a teacher As a married woman she seems to have a similar feeling of not uite belonging and turns her feelings once to the man who defined her type The plots run alongside each other smoothly with few anachronistic checks and a general sense that both could exist without the other but that they are both richer as a pairTruly the most laudable aspect of the story remains the manner with which the author doesn't paint the controversial subject matter in sensationalist black and white She exercises restraint in offering up the events being recounted I was surprise how sympathetic the protagonists start out Both slowly reveal the damage inside them The author deftly shows how Fiona has grown from her early experiences with some powerfully significant aspects presented both sensitively and capably The depth this gave her character was very significant in keeping me engaged Henry offers us a contrasting perspective on how people change over time and yet it too helped played a big part in keeping me readingFor my taste the book took a while to get started I was almost halfway through before I really felt things were happening but that is a subjective aspect I was expecting to be a bit hooked and compelled to keep reading but unfortunately it didn't have that grip over me That said the book is well written and did offer enough to keep me coming back I thought the ending was delivered well however a bit like ending a meal after the main course I was satisfied but I would've happily had a little extra too It leaves me feeling content having read it but despite the strengths I think it is unlikely I will return to reread itA complimentary copy of this book was supplied for review by the publisher as part of the First Reads program

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review Precocious 103 Í 'Can there be a unreliable narrator than a teenage girl'Fiona Palmer is unhappily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her headlong into an affairIntercut with the realities of their adult relationship Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen year old Her schoolgirl cru'Can there be a unreliable narrator than a teenage girl'Fiona Palmer is unhappily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her. Precocious is a story of how Fiona Palmer writes with enthusiasm in her diary on scraps of paper and notebooksYou assume of course that I kept a diary all those yearsScraps of paper Notebooks I don't know how much of it to believe myself to be honest Can there be a unreliable narrator than a teenage girl This page turning scandal takes us through how Fiona meets up with her ex school teacher that she used to have a crush on There are some lessons you shouldn't learn in school At school fourteen year old Fiona had fallen in love with her teacher Henry Morgan Her crush developed into an intense relationship Fifteen years later married Fiona by chance meets up with her former school teacher again Are they both just becoming friends again or could it plunge into Fiona shares her secret with one of her best friends that she had just met up with her ex teacher Mr Morgan and went for a meal with him and that they kissed But Fiona is supposed to be married even though she thinks that she is unhappily married The reason why Fiona got married to Dave was to protect her from the catalogue of mini disappointments that surrounded her life The story of Precocious is a controversial compelling debut novel from an award winning writer Precocious is a Lolita for the modern ageI would like to thank the publisher for sending me a proof copy