Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Love and Other Subjects, by Kathleen Shoop - My Review

For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things–to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is.

The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?

My Review:
Carolyn Jenkins has to face some harsh realities about teaching, her love life, and growing up. Starting out with a classroom incident, a tragically ruined pair of footwear, a crazy cast of colleagues and an un-love interest, Carolyn feels that she might not belong in her life. Then enters "Money". I can't say I liked him at first, but his character seemed to grow on me.

Having faced young students as a new teacher, I think the beginning of the book was my worst fears come true! Struggling with the realities of hardened kids, a tough boss juxtaposed with teaching ideals, Kathleen Shoop created a character we can't help but want to root for. Albeit socially clumsy, Carolyn has her heart in the right place. I so wanted her to take her talents to another school where he enthusiasm would have been appreciated.

Overall Love and Other Subjects wasn't just about Mr. Right... or Mr. Right Now. It also extended to Carolyn's passion for making a difference in her students' lives and ultimately in living her own life as well.

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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


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