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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel

My Dark Vanessa: A Novel

Escrito por Kate Elizabeth Russell

Narrado por Grace Gummer


My Dark Vanessa: A Novel

Escrito por Kate Elizabeth Russell

Narrado por Grace Gummer

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4.5/5 (1.099 notas)
Duração:
16 horas
Editora:
Lançados:
10 de mar. de 2020
ISBN:
9780062941534
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Audiolivro

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Descrição

Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa's present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era—defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

Includes a bonus conversation with Kate Elizabeth Russell, Grace Gummer, and Jessica Williams (editor of My Dark Vanessa).

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Lançados:
10 de mar. de 2020
ISBN:
9780062941534
Formato:
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Sobre o autor

Kate Elizabeth Russell is originally from eastern Maine. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MFA from Indiana University. My Dark Vanessa is her first novel.


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  • (5/5)
    This almost captures my high school and half of my university years... I wish I had received this book on my 14th birthday?
  • (5/5)
    Intimate and chilling. The narrator did a beautiful job. Highly recommended!
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely incredible!!! I love how the author helps you to understand how grooming affects a young person and shows an amazing perspective of a teenage girl and her journey. I related to character in the sense of self blaming- very common amongst victims of abuse. This book was so addictive and couldn’t stop listening to see how it turned out.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely genius! Relevant, complex, nuanced. I have a feeling that this book will be a classic of it's time and yet it is timeless because Vanessa could be any woman. Thank you
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic book! Will definitely be reading/listening to this one again.
  • (5/5)
    Lovely story that examines character motivations and looks at a topic often considered taboo. The characterization is wonderful. Some might consider the main character and support characters annoying or self-centered. I enjoy a good unreliable narrator, and Vanessa fits the bill. The literary references are fun. Maybe I’ll read Donna Tartt next.
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    Glitchy at the end chapter 5. Turning off my phone and redownloading solved nothing. Sound cuts in and out so whole words are lost. I can’t find a way to report it but you’ll need to read the end of the chapter to catch the multiple words dropped from the audio as it cuts in and out.
    Edit: I had to delete the entire app to fix the skipping audio. It was a nightmare getting back in, but it’s playing like normal now, so I’m updating my review. The audiobook is great and an enjoyable listen.
  • (4/5)
    Dark, disturbing, and filled with vivid images of teen angst that spills into adulthood.
  • (4/5)
    I don't know how to rate this book. Triggering so triggering and maybe cathartic. Sickening and beautiful and painful
  • (5/5)
    I loved this story. It was hard and it took me a while to get through it, but it was worth it.
  • (5/5)
    Gripping and disturbing. Although never suffering sexual abuse I found myself being able to relate to Vanessa. I think a lot of readers felt the same. It was so well written and performed. Best book I've completed all year and definitely one I would come back to. I couldn't stop.
  • (5/5)
    This book is brilliant. It was hard to read but it’s extremely well written, also the narrator does a fantastic job.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful writing and detailed characters. Explores a gripping, nuanced subject without being pedantic.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful well written book. Couldn't stop listening to it. Fleshed out characters and faceted. Well worth the time. Thank you Kate Russell for a wonderful book.
  • (5/5)
    Very difficult subject but written beautifully. Push through, finish.
  • (5/5)
    So many content warnings here. A great, gut-wrenching book. The narration was superb.
  • (4/5)
    I'm not so sure yet on how I feel about this book and how to rate it right now. I need to talk with someone about this one.
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    Wonderful, uncomfortable, and thought-provoking, this book really describes the conflict of the girl who was abused and what it means for her to view herself as a victim versus an accomplice. It beautifully, though disturbingly, portrays adolescence and sexuality and how that can be exploited by predators. It has helped me look at myself with more compassion. I highly recommend this book for everyone, and especially those who deal with teenagers.

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    The fiction was perfectly illustrated with a apt voice for its narration.

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    The reason this story which is as old as time works is because of the naïveté and innocence that is imparted on the protagonist while forbidding the audience to be complicit with her. The audience is treated with superior intelligence and a strong conscience while keeping a large part of the story surprisingly judgment free. Remarkably good writing, so good that this needs to be a part of creative writing courses. The way the author could maintain the universality of the story or the wideness of its setting with only a handful of characters, so few that you can’t remove any of them without altering the story in a major way is absolutely top notch. More than the story, this is a debutante author at the top of her game. I’d be eagerly waiting for her next work.

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    ***trigger warning for sexual asalt**** I can't put to words truly how much I loved and hated this piece of art. I felt guilty reading it in the beginning because of how disgusting it was. I almost put it down forever, only to change my mind 2 hours later. A different kind of page turner.

    If you can get past how disturbing this novel is, it's worth the read. It gives a whole new perspective on the inner turmoil grooming gave Vanessa. This novel challenges readers to see all sides of her thought processes. Even the thoughts most dark and shameful to her.

    Personally, I like books often based on their verbiage. I think this novel was poetically written. Absolutely beautiful word choice. Not beautiful souly for the content, but more for THE WAY it is written. I can tell a poet made this novel.

    Still, after all I have raved about this I can't help but feel the first third of it could be child porn in the wrong hands.

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  • (5/5)
    The subject matter was tough and listening to it made me feel sick to my stomach sometimes but holy cow it was amazing overall. The ending was a big drug out, but not so much that it ruined the book. The narrator was fantastic.
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    A beautiful exploration of the complexities occasionally attached to navigating a pedophilic relationship, from the survivor's viewpoint. In no way does the novel excuse the behavior of Vanessa's teacher, but it correctly depicts the sometimes multifaceted nature of this connection--providing Vanessa agency.

    Reader was excellent.

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    As many have already said, this is often hard to listen to because of the content alone. But what a great debut novel. Grace Gummer was an amazing narrator and really brought Vanessa to life!

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    Vanessa Wye is 15 years old in 2000. She’s insecure and naïve and oh so young. She’s an easy target for her teacher, Jacob Strane, who is 42 years old and a pedophile. While Strane carefully grooms Vanessa towards his ultimate goals, Vanessa is convinced that her actions are consensual and that this is what she wants. Switch to 2017. The “Me Too” movement is in full swing. A former student has accused Strane of abuse. He’s counting on Vanessa to back him up. Vanessa assures him that she will since she has always believed that she was the instigator of their affair. As she reaches back into her memory and reads of the new allegations against Strane, her perceptions and beliefs of the past subtly start to shift.Wow, just wow. What a powerful, mesmerizingly sad book this is. My heart bled for Vanessa as I watched her heart and soul open itself to this abusive man. She just wanted to feel special, to feel beautiful, to feel loved. Strane took advantage of that desire and brought such devastation and confusion into Vanessa’s life. I’ve read reviews saying that this book looks at whether this situation should be considered abuse if it’s consensual, but I truly don’t see how anyone could believe that this was consensual on Vanessa’s part. Strane wouldn’t stop even as she lay there crying. She was manipulated into believing this was what she wanted. Every word that Strane said to her, every look he gave her, every caress he risked was to bring this young girl around to his thinking. He even used the books he was teaching to convince her of how “special” she was.Most highly recommended. This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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  • (5/5)

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    This was a very difficult book to get through, but it was so well written and very complex. I liked it despite the fact that it had me wincing once in awhile at some passages. A powerful book to read and digest.

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    I absolutely loved this book! The narration was amazing! 10/10 recommend!

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    This was an amazing read. The way the author is portraying Vanessa moving from inoccent teen crush to ptsd (throughout 32 years ) , changeing her whole understanding about herself and the world, was absolutely breathtaking. It took me on a journey of "what would have been life like if..." sorts because let's be honest, which teen will not have at a certain point a crush on a teacher (?) . Of course Harper Studios again took the best voice and narration was outstanding. This is clearly the best book i have listened to in 2021. I also enjoyed the embedded interview of the author at the end of the book, don't skip it if you listen to this book.

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  • (4/5)

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    Very troubling at times. Gives a snapshot of the vulnerability of teenage minds and how gullible they are. Good portrayal of adolescent experiences can shape us for life

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  • (5/5)

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    This book is so well written! Many people will be able to relate the very real situations in this book. Vanessas character is relatable and likable!

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  • (3/5)

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    Ok I wasn't going to rated this book because is so controversial topic to write about, but in the end: the character of Vanessa has a great work on it but as a novel it seem a little too long. I know it has her arch of transformation but at the end i was just dragging... Guess 3.5 Stars i want to praise the reading work of Grace Gummer, she is amazing on it, wich in the point kept me going to the end.

    If this was a printed book im sure i would probably DNF.

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