Author: R. A. Nelson
Year of Publication: 2005
Genre: Young Adult
First Line: "Welcome to my head."
Summary: Carolina "Nine" Livingston is immediately drawn to her new English teacher, Mr. Mann, to his brilliant exploration of poetry in class, and the way he talks to her like an equal. What began as a friendship soon becomes more, as the two willfully tumble into a passionate romance that goes against every notion of right and wrong.
(Source: Back of book)
Review: This book was fantastic. Well-written, and thought-provoking, the story wasn't a disappointment. It was a fast read, but Nine's interesting tone and voice made me wish it was longer. The story, though seemingly common in real life, was rather original and done in a way I hadn't expected. I definitely reccomend this, especially if you've ever crushed on a teacher!
Worst part: I was slightly annoyed with how smoothly things were resolved at the end, but it didn't ruin the book for me.
Best part: Mr. Mann's character was absolutely fantastic. I loved him. I loved that the author didn't make him out to be some sleazebag just lookin' for some lovin'. It was clear that he had feelings for Nine, and this caused it to set the book apart from other books and situations like it.
Other Books by This Author: Breathe My Name.