A Season of Eden
When I found out that this book was based on a teacher/student relationship, I initially balked a bit. Yes I have read (and still do read) many a controversial piece of literature, but I wondered how J.M. was going to deal with this specifically. I'm not a big romance novel fan for the simple fact that I can't deal with trashy scenes. Can I please say...I had nothing to worry about.
The way this story is written is true perfection. Eden and James Christian have a tantalizingly electric relationship that keeps you on the edge of your seat so to speak. However their relationship never goes over the top. There are scenes in this book that will make your toes curl and your head spin. All without the aforementioned trash. Thank you J.M.!
Although the taboo between them is mentioned, it isn't what the story is focused on. Instead the reader is granted a look into how this new relationship causes Eden to grow as a person. By seeing herself through James' eyes, she realizes what a shallow and hurtful person she's been. James teaches Eden that we don't always get what we want. Not without work.
I can't say too much more without spoilers so I will end it here! If you love romance or novels about change, this is a book for you.
Eden always gets what she wants; And she wants the new music teacher.
Eden is the popluar girl, the gorgeous girl, the girl that has everything. People look at her and see that she has the perfect life. But she doesn't. Mr. James Christian is young, talented, and beautiful. All of the girls at school are drawn to him. Eden is no exception. But as she draws him into a secret romance they both see things in eachother that complicate matters a bit. As they try to overcome these, they continue to walk the fine line of their relationship. Both of them know that if anybody suspects more than a teacher student connection they could be in trouble.
Within the first few chapters of this story Eden has matured. She's already met the new chorus teacher, Mr. Cristian, and thoughts of him fill her head constantly. She's no longer interested in the petty dramas of high school, and mindless partying disgusts her, knowing that these things wouldnt even cross James's mind. He, too, is drawn to her though he's afraid to admit it. It's a story of forbidden love, as both are drawn to each other, knowing that they shouldn't want what they do. I loved the pace of the book, nothing was ever slow going. I read it in one night because I wanted to see what happened next. I highly suggest this book to any fan of romance. It's a great read!