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Good (Too Good) Paperback – August 26, 2013
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S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.
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I must begin by expressing my undying devotion to S. Walden. She's officially one of my all time favorite authors EVER. And I can say that without a doubt, even though this is only the second book I've ever read by this author. Slap her name on the phone book and I'll read it word for word. Some authors just nail it... And she knocked it out of the park with this book.
This book was amazing. Like forgo sleep, abandon all parental responsibility, don't eat, sleep, bathe until the last page kind of GOOD. Amazing.
I love a good story about forbidden taboo relationships. Teacher student relationships are right up my ally. And this one did not disappoint. This book was perfectly written, perfectly told, perfectly perfect perfect in every way.
I adored these characters. Mark had me at Converse and skinny jeans. Cadence was awesome. The dialogue was humorous and smart. I mean SMART. The characters and this story line were so well developed, so layered... the Christianity component to the plot added both complexity to Cadence's personality and an underlying theme of what we think is right and wrong to the whole plot.
I could go on and on about how much I loved this book. The dynamic between cadence and her family, cadence and Avery, cadence and Mark, Mark and his class... not a single criticism can I find. It was all so pitch perfect, spot on.
I laughed. I felt fear for where this could all go. And where it went, I never expected. I loved the build between cadence and Mark. I loved the twists and turns, the heartbreak and the romance and the heat... ooooooh, the heat!
Basically you must read this. And do it now. I want more. I want it yesterday. And I never want it to stop.
"this was more than a silly schoolgirl crush. This was a deeply disturbing infatuation"
this quote couldn't be more true. This book was definitely about a disturbing relationship between a teacher and his student. The book felt more Lolita-ish than steamy teacher/ student.
Maybe it would have felt less sexual predator-ish if the POV of Mark was given as well? Nevertheless the tale is told through the eyes of the prey.
The story begins with Cadence starting her senior year of high school after spending ten months in juvie for getting high on cocaine and robbing a convince store. Needless to say Cadence is very immature and her immaturity shines throughout the book. She comes out of juvie and is upset about her living situation because after doing time with the state she has to come home and do more time with her parents. They are untrustworthy of her and thus don't let her drive her car or go on social outings, because of this cadence rebels.She lies to her parents, she lashes out impulsively, and she is constantly struggling with decisions she makes in relation to her "good girl" status.
Cadence isn't a good girl and she made a BIG mistake.
Cadence met Mark and instantly clung to him because he was 'nice' to her and I do feel like Mark took advantage of her broken demeanor. She was an emotionally vulnerable person and Mark used that to his advantage to enter into a relationship he could control. Until it became uncontrollable and he bolted because THINGS got too real. Cadence wasn't mature enough for a relationship with her teacher. She lashed out emotionally and physically throughout the book to proove thus.
I do enjoy stories of this nature but this one was off in regards to NA romance.
reads I'd suggest instead would be
Colleen Hoover- Slammed
Sylvain Reynard - Gabriel's Inferno
Tammara Webber - Easy