Heart, You Bully, You Punk

Heart, You Bully, You Punk
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May 12, 2003
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Great writing, poor story
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This is the first book where I have truly enjoyed the style of writing, but disliked the story. Esker is a teacher and one of her students, Ann, jumps/falls off the bleachers at school and breaks her ankles, so Esker starts tutoring her at home. She and Ann are very much the same in alot of ways and when Esker meets Ann's dad, Wally, they start to fall in love with eachother. Ann is very troubled, but the book doesn't portray that as well as it should. Also the Esker character does and says things that make hardly any sense at times, even though Wally (a little unbelievably) gets her. You never feel "close" to the Esker character, Ann is better portrayed and written, and you feel as though Wally and Esker are in a kind of private blissfullness. It would have been more effective to allow the reader to feel that more, instead of just reading that that is the way it was. The style of writing, how it was written, was beautiful at times. It's too bad the story lacked the substance to make this a really wonderful book.
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