I received this book for review thanks to Virtual Authors Book Tours. I choose it because it seemed to be a controversial love story and, you know, that’s my thing!
The main character is Julian Sane, an English teacher in his thirties, who is very passionate about his subject but a really asshole regarding his personal life: he is arrogant towards their colleagues and superiors, and his only interest about women is to have occasional sex with them. He has no concerns about his career because he has been working in the same high school for four years and is about to get tenure there, but I think he isn’t really satisfied with his life; old writings are hidden in the wardrobe, reminding him that he once loved to tell stories.
One night at the beginning of the summer, after drinking too much, Julian finds himself being taken home by a young lady he doesn’t know. Her name is Lily Carter, and despite she is a former student at the high school where Julian works, she has never been in his classes. They began to date and Julian suddenly realizes that he is in love with an eighteen-year-old girl in a too small town.
This is an uncommon love story because Julian is a character created for the reader not to like at the beginning, to find out later – at the same time as Julian does – that he has another side. The relationship with Lily is quite surprising for everybody, even for Julian, and has a lot of funny moments since he sees himself like a teenager again, including an odd scene when he goes to Lily’s house to take her out for dinner and Lily’s father appears at the door to tell him what time she has to be at home! I really found it tender; Lily makes him be in peace with himself.
I enjoyed Julian’s transformation, but then the story leads to an extreme situation that is a little bit implausible, even for a small town; a situation which threatens Julian career and, of course, his relationship with Lily. It would be understandable if Lily was younger, but she is eighteen, already an adult, and she hasn’t actually been a student of his, so from my point of view the situation is exaggerated. Nevertheless, what happens there got me hooked on the story, and it ends up in a momentous scene that I loved.
To summarize, I would have preferred the controversial part to be more justified, but I can say this is a story I enjoyed, and it’s told from a male perspective, for a change.