- Mass Market Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099466368
- ISBN-13: 978-0099466369
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,660,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Learning Curve Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, August 1, 2006
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"Funny, tender and sharp, The Learning Curve is for anyone who has been inside a school - or, indeed, for anyone who has been in love" The Times "Book of the Month - The Learning Curve: A hilarious novel ... you can sit back and enjoy the ride with all the fab ups, heart-rending downs, cruel realities and (eventually) that wonderful heart-felt surety which every great romance should create" handbag.com "Chick-lit at its best" Eve "A captivating comedy" Red "Light-hearted fun" Heat --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Melissa Nathan was born and raised in Hertfordshire and now lives in North London with her husband and young son. She was a journalist for twelve years before writing novels full-time. She is also the author of Pride and Prejudice and Jasmin Field, Persuading Annie, The Nanny and, most recently, The Waitress.
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At the beginning of the school year, Nicky instantly takes a liking to Oscar, one of her students, whose workaholic father is often absent from the picture. Oscar's father, Mark, believes he is doing his best to provide for his son; what he learns from his son about his teacher disturbs him - he believes Nicky to be a meddling busybody and is ready to give her a piece of his mind. Instead, during a confrontation at Parents' Night, it is Nicky who gives him a piece of her mind and helps Mark to see that some things have to change. To complicate matters even further, they develop a mutual crush on each other but can't reveal their feelings to each other. As Nicky applies to become headmaster at the school, she finds herself in competition with a Rob, a fellow teacher (and her college boyfriend), who suddenly is very interested in starting things all over again - or is he? Nicky finds herself questioning the motives behind both of the men in her life, while trying to determine exactly what she wants out of life, and what she is able to have in this world.
"The Learning Curve" is sadly Melissa Nathan's last, as she passed away two months after finishing this book from breast cancer. This last novel is full of her trademark wit and her uncanny ability to write about real life and the mix-ups that always happen in the name of love. While technically what the literary world would term "chick lit", Nathan's five novels have constantly risen above the sordid vapidness that the genre title often encompasses: she brought a warmth and intelligence that is lacking from most of this genre's formulaic plots and fabrications. Indeed, "The Learning Curve" examines the idea of women having to choose between career or children; why can't she have both and be successful at both? And it is debated marvelously under Melissa Nathan's sure hands. She will truly be missed.
A very large, long book that had a lot happening all the time. The beginning of the book took a very long time (about 100 pages) to get to the point. Normally I like back story and `more information', but this one almost had more than necessary. While I enjoyed the romance of the main characters (Nicky, Mark and Oscar) that part seemed rushed at the end. It was a complicated romance with a lot of working parts all the way around. Once I was able to get into the story, it was fun and sometimes funny with all of the misdirection.