"I really enjoyed this book, but I must say, for a book that's classified as YA, in my opinion it shouldn't be read by anyone under say 17 or so. It's all about a 15 year old boy who is in a relationship with his 33 year old teacher. And while to an adult mind you can see where this is wrong, I don't think it is written in a way where a teen would get that point. It almost made it out to be that they didn't get alot of punishment and it wasn't all that bad. So for anyone who might pick this up for their teen you may want to read it first and use your own judgment on whether your teen is mature enough to read this book."
Contrary to her name, Ms. Settles is actually rather unsettling. Ryans new world history teacher leaves all the guys in his school yearning for private lessons. Ryan knows his chances at scoring with the teacher are slim, but that doesnt stop his hopes from soaring the day she keeps him after class.
From the very first day she saw him, Lori Settles knew she wanted the charming and handsome Ryan Piccoli. It didnt bother her in the least that he was just fifteen-years-old. Why should it?
Honey Fowler has been Ryans best friend since the fourth grade. She tries to keep her feelings in check as she waits on the sidelines for him to notice her as more than a buddy. In the meantime, she watches every move he makes, and something is definitely different in Ryans life.
Certainly, this love triangle of girl/boy/teacher is a fascinating subject to study and the characters had great potential. However, I think a longer story with more time to develop and explore individual character motives would have benefited the book. As it is, I thought it felt too rushed, with simple, textbook explanations assigned to a very complex situation. It didnt help that a two-part author note spelled out how the teacher predator is never in the right. True, but it felt patronizing and contrived to this reader.
The underlying authors message was so strong, it was hard for me to relax into the story and enjoy the effect she was so obviously striving for with the alternating points of view. It came across loud and clear that the teacher predator was sick and the student naÃ¯ve. Both very true, but the same conclusion could have been drawn without the paint-by-numbers approach.
All in all, the short length of the book didnt make it any easier to read, and I put it down repeatedly in favor of something less didactic.
I don't dislike books. Ever. Sometimes I won't enjoy a book, but every novel is a reflection and expression of someone's thoughts. Although "Prey" was not of my particular taste, it was still a good book. Switching from character, the author made this book catchy and definatly a page-turner.
This book, although for teens, is definatly for older audiences. It covers a topic that is not commonly written about amongst teen authors: a students affair with his teacher. This book definatly explains the emotional aspect to something many people only see on the news and never understand.
I am glad that this book was bold and captivating, make of it what you will.
Prey is the newly anticipated novel by author Lurlene McDaniel. McDaniel is a veteran of young adult issues and has written over forty books! Prey is the first novel by McDaniel that I have read, but I am sure that it wont be the last.
Ryan is like any other high school freshman. Trying to fit in to the high school social scene and avoiding the seniors. He has his two best friends Joel and Honey to keep him sane. Joel keeps Ryan occupied with his friendship and video games while his dad is constantly out of town. Then of course there is Honey, the basketball superstar. She has had a crush on Ryan forever, but of course like most teenage boys he is oblivious.
Ryan's normal high school life changes when he steps into his new World History class and he sees his new teacher Ms. Lori Settles, as do every other male in the student and faculty population!
Ryan and Ms. Settles develop a relationship out of the classroom after Ryan helps her move in to her new apartment. As the relationship progresses so do Lori's demands. Ryan's friends wonder where he is and Honey notices the change in Ryan's persona. Will their relationship be able to remain secret?
The topic of Prey is very relevant and very real. You hear more about student/teacher relationships in the media then ever before. It has even happened in my small town high school. It is apparent that Lurlene researched her topic thoroughly. Her complex characters and interesting twists keep you enthralled in the story. A compelling read!
Will you be able to decide who is the predator and who is the prey?
Prey, written by Lurlene McDaniel, who is popular for her numerous books that deal with illness, death, and their effects on relationships, is a total 180 from her normal books. Ryan, a freshmen in high school, is the class comedian, if only to cover up his insecurities about his home life. He is overwhelmed and yet ecstatic about his teacher Lori Settles's more than platonic friendship with him. But soon he can't keep up with her demands. His friend Honey knows there is something up...how long can everyone live like this?
Prey was a complex and multilayered read that I am not entirely sure whether or not I enjoyed. It fascinated me on many levels, but left me frustrated many a times too. It is evident to the reader how Ryan is drawn in, and the ending left me wondering if there were another solution, and if it would have been a better one, or if there were indeed no perfect endings.
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