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Me and Mr. Booker❰EPUB❯ ✼ Me and Mr. Booker Author Cory Taylor – Varanus.us Looking back, Martha could ve said no when Mr Booker first tried to kiss her That would ve been the sensible thing to do But Martha s sixteen, she lives in a small dull town a cemetery with lights her Looking back, Martha could ve said no when Mr Booker first tried to kiss her That would ve been the sensible thing to do But Martha s sixteen, she lives in a small dull town a cemetery with lights her father s mad, her home s stifling and she s waiting for the rest of her life to begin Of course Martha would kiss the charming Englishman who brightened her world with style, adventure, whisky, cigarettes and the promise of sex But Martha didn t count on the consequences Me and Mr Booker is a story Me and Kindle - about feeling old whenyou re young and acting young when you re not.

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  1. says:

    Such a treat to hear an authentic Aussie voice tell a universal story What teen aged girl hasn t imagined attracting the attentions of a handsome older man and escaping And what older man only early 30s, so not older to many readers , hasn t fantasized about seducing a ripe for the picking young student Cory Taylor stretches out Martha s boring days in a hot, dusty small town without ever dragging us into a classroom or shopping with Martha s friends, or any of the things Martha must be doi Such a treat to hear an authentic Aussie voice tell a universal story What teen aged girl hasn t imagined attracting the attentions of a handsome older man and escaping And what older man only early 30s, so not older to many readers , hasn t fantasized about seducing a ripe for the picking young student Cory Taylor stretches out Martha s boring days in a hot, dusty small town without ever dragging us into a classroom or shopping with Martha s friends, or any of the things Martha must be doing to fill her days Instead, we hear from Martha, a fairly typical 16 year old, bored with her life, her family, and where she lives And then, the exotic Bookers arrive from England An odd, colourful pair, Mr Booker flirts with pretty much everyone, while Mrs Booker drinks to oblivion They adopt Martha and regularly shop and lunch or dine out as a threesome, which is fine with Martha s mum But most times, Mrs B overindulges and is taken home to be tucked in bed, leaving Mr B and Martha alone probably not fine with her mum, if she knew We re never entirely sure who knows or suspects what.There are languid, lazy afternoons under the trees in the country and occasional steamy assignations in kind of seedy motel rooms Although sex punctuates the story, it s not the focus, and the occasional graphic phrase or scene can appear suddenly Which is kind of the point, I think Little is planned.The author captures the transition from girlhood to would be siren as Martha begins to sense men noticing her That s the real coming of age story Beautifully written and very satisfying I loved it


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    3 stars It was good.Such a strange and raw novel, full of despicable characters and set during a time that is so different from today, despite not being that far away from the present It kept my interest throughout and would provide a plethora of discussion points for a book club First Sentence Everything I am about to tell you happened because I was waiting for it, or something like it.


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    Moving, refreshing, suprising, at times disturbing, sexy and funny All of these words can be used to describe Ozzie author Cory Taylor s debut novel At the heart is the story of a young girl dissatisfied with her life, her family and her surroundings.There is no suprise with Martha falling for the suave and much older Mr Booker But what was refreshing was the frank way in wich there relationship is described All the while Martha deals with her emotions for her new found love, her parents bre Moving, refreshing, suprising, at times disturbing, sexy and funny All of these words can be used to describe Ozzie author Cory Taylor s debut novel At the heart is the story of a young girl dissatisfied with her life, her family and her surroundings.There is no suprise with Martha falling for the suave and much older Mr Booker But what was refreshing was the frank way in wich there relationship is described All the while Martha deals with her emotions for her new found love, her parents breakup and her brothers departure Wich leaves Martha and her mother who fights her own battle trying to free herself of her ex husbands hold on her.Taylor does a wonderful job of portraying the story from that of Martha as if she is narrating a movie and expertly creates a sense of boredom living in a small country town.If you go into this with an open mind you ll be rewarded with what is a fantastic read Taylor has done a superb job with her first novel and i cant wait to see what she comes up with next


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    Martha is a 16 year old girl stuck in a boring little town with a family that is slowly destroying her Then one day she meets and falls in love with a married man that will change everything for her Mr Booker At first I thought this movie would be like Lolita or An Education, but this took a completely different turn It turns out this wasa story about Martha discovering who she is and what she needs to do to make her life better.Me and Mr Booker is a sexy and yet very disturbing novel, Martha is a 16 year old girl stuck in a boring little town with a family that is slowly destroying her Then one day she meets and falls in love with a married man that will change everything for her Mr Booker At first I thought this movie would be like Lolita or An Education, but this took a completely different turn It turns out this wasa story about Martha discovering who she is and what she needs to do to make her life better.Me and Mr Booker is a sexy and yet very disturbing novel, with a great sense of pacing Cory Taylor did an excellent job at describing the boredom of living in a small town, the emotions behind being alone and having an uncontrollable love towards someone you know you shouldn t and know would end up hurting you This debut novel was a quick and easy read which is well worth taking the time to read The whole relationship between Martha and Mr Booker may be hard to take so I can t recommend it to everyone, but if you think it wouldn t affect you, then this book is worth reading


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    www.shelfnotes.com reviewDear Reader,This was definitely a book I m not sure if I enjoyed it or what but I kept reading, so that s something This has been compared to Lolita, and while I can definitely see why I didn t have that same feeling of disgust Martha, sixteen and bored with her small town life, meets the Bookers through one of her mother s parties Lacking a father with any good qualities, it s hardly a surprise that Martha is taken with Mr Booker This couple is all glam especi www.shelfnotes.com reviewDear Reader,This was definitely a book I m not sure if I enjoyed it or what but I kept reading, so that s something This has been compared to Lolita, and while I can definitely see why I didn t have that same feeling of disgust Martha, sixteen and bored with her small town life, meets the Bookers through one of her mother s parties Lacking a father with any good qualities, it s hardly a surprise that Martha is taken with Mr Booker This couple is all glam especially to a sixteen year old , with a keen interest in Martha, taking her out with them on a regular basis.I didn t exactly have anything to gripe about but I wasn t exactly wowed either Cory Taylor writes a great page, and you definitely get a great feel of who the cast is I just don t have much to say about anything else It was a book It was a book that I read start to finish It was a book that kept my interest It was a book Happy Reading,AmberBug


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    Narrated by a 16 year old girl, Martha tells her story of life in a small country town, living with her dysfunctional family and her affair with an older married English man Mr Booker.Her father is a twisted individual who often abuses his wife physically and mentally He is cold hearted, lazy and can t seem to hold down a job Her mother had a history of giving in to her interfering ex husband, and his lame excuses for things he was responsible for For some reason she still felt obligated and Narrated by a 16 year old girl, Martha tells her story of life in a small country town, living with her dysfunctional family and her affair with an older married English man Mr Booker.Her father is a twisted individual who often abuses his wife physically and mentally He is cold hearted, lazy and can t seem to hold down a job Her mother had a history of giving in to her interfering ex husband, and his lame excuses for things he was responsible for For some reason she still felt obligated and couldn t seem to let him go.When Martha met the Booker s she was a lonely teenage girl who didn t have any friends or someone to talk too, so the Booker s were an escape from her family life She was fascinated by the English couple as they showed an interest in her, and really seem to enjoy her company Initially an innocent friendship was formed between the Booker s and Martha It was when Mr Booker kissed Martha for the first time that their relationship took a different angle This stirred up feeling s that Martha had never experienced before and for Mr Booker it became an obsession What developed was an intense sexual relationship that was terribly risky I was holding my breath the whole time, just waiting for a disaster to happen Toward the second half I could see that Martha had grown up She becameaware how this was affecting Mr Booker, the people around her, and an understanding where this relationship was headed I found this book very difficult to put down It was additive, daring, and at times humorous I loved it


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    I m not sure what it was about this book but I really felt there was something lacking Overall I would say that it is a well written book with some interesting devices used throughout but it still felt slightly empty and left me with a sense of detachment at the end.All the characters are to some extent lonely Taylor describes this very well and you can see how loneliness can affect the characters in different ways Martha s mother tries to cope with her loneliness by throwing regular parties I m not sure what it was about this book but I really felt there was something lacking Overall I would say that it is a well written book with some interesting devices used throughout but it still felt slightly empty and left me with a sense of detachment at the end.All the characters are to some extent lonely Taylor describes this very well and you can see how loneliness can affect the characters in different ways Martha s mother tries to cope with her loneliness by throwing regular parties but this still is not satisfying Mrs Booker turns to alcohol and cigarettes to cope with any pain Victor is wonderfully described and was the character that most came to life for me Taylor brought some humour out through his character, providing some relief from the serious content However whilst she describes people s loneliness and flaws brilliantly, when it came to love, I felt she was lacking.I never really believed that Martha and Mr Booker loved each other, and as the narrative progresses it comes to be that maybe this is the point They wereusing each other to escape from their problems Her escaping the boredom of living in such an isolated place, her problems with her parents split and her father s actions Him trying to escape a marriage that on the surface looks good but deeper has many problems beset as it is by drinking and pregnancy problems As a result though because of this lack of love I felt detached from the whole relationship and wasn t bothered whether they ended up together or not However I did enjoy the development of Martha and her journey from being a girl to a woman and it s very clear that in the later chapters of the book, she has really grown into herself, she understoodwhere the relationship was going.I was waiting for something big to actually happen, which didn t and the ending just felt bland and so the storyline felt like it dragged Once again perhaps this is the point of the story, with Mr Booker giving a lecture at one point during the book on how experimental films often leave the ending purposefully at a loose end giving the audience a sense of un fulfilment and something to discuss It seems that Taylor was aiming for this and in a way showing that whilst Martha had grown she still had the rest of her life ahead of her and the story for her didn t simply stop.However it was very quick and easy to read and is a good book if you just want to kill a few hours


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    Although I didn t realise it way back then, it was a minefield I was married, probably innately conservative, maybe even naive, but the thought never occurred to me They were forward, but I never felt anything like the attraction as obviously those who succumbed did There was still something very much unformed about them, despite, in many cases, mature curves and there was, to me, something necessarily inviolate A few didn t see it that way and certainly not Mr Booker The world was so mu Although I didn t realise it way back then, it was a minefield I was married, probably innately conservative, maybe even naive, but the thought never occurred to me They were forward, but I never felt anything like the attraction as obviously those who succumbed did There was still something very much unformed about them, despite, in many cases, mature curves and there was, to me, something necessarily inviolate A few didn t see it that way and certainly not Mr Booker The world was so much different then, and, of course, in their eyes, I very soon became old so, if it ever was, it was no longer an issue.In my first year of teaching, so close to where I live now in the island s south, it was tough going in the classroom I had no time to consider anything else, only to survive By the end of that year I was on top it all in that small school on the rurban fringe of Hobart, and in 1975 I was transferred to a large provincial high That was a very different beast indeed That s where I encountered them, those Marthas of my experience, and, in reality, there were very few years between them and me, a callow young man out front of their classroom Martha types while not exactly abounding, they were there.To me, having taught so many of them over the forty years of my career, Cory Taylor s heroine is totally believable Worldly and brazen, outwardly already a woman, but only sixteen, she was ready for the louche, alcoholic Mr Booker, a married teacher, but at least not at her place of education He presented himself, was obviously much taken by her youthful attributes, and she was definitely not backward in committing to the affair, even if the results were not quite as disastrous as the back cover blurb may have the reader believe.In the time setting of Me and Mr Booker , and when I was simultaneously operating in schools, there was less reserve between teacher and senior student than exists today Of course the line was still there that was not to be crossed, but the hand s off mantra so stringently enforced in this century, was a fuzzier notion, and rumours of overfamiliarisation were rampant In my early years, one teacher was quietly shifted away when it became apparent he was enticing senior girls to pose artistically for his camera, and another was known to be entertaining some female students in his own abode Two male colleagues were seemingly very enamoured with the same young lady, to the extent they were engaged in spatting over her, and a starting out female teacher was rumoured to be throwing parties for her senior lads But all of that was when I too was a novice, and as the profession became hoarier and guidelinesrigidly enforced, issues of that ilk diminished So there were no Marthas for this teacher, thankfully, and that was the case for the vast number of my fellow professionals I do remember one young lady from my early years in a vocation that was so much younger back then, and she came floating back as I perused Mr Booker not that she behaved in any way resembling Taylor s sexually overt fictional character I took a shine to her and her to me, in a platonic fashion Articulate, academically capable, elfin, with wonderfully twinkling eyes, she had several of the younger brigade of male teachers in a spin, as there were issues in her background that required much counselling There was no hint of fuzzy lines being crossed and she was delightful company, seeminglyat home around adults than her peers I remember feeling quite chuffed when she chose me as a partner for a dance at socials It wasn t uncool or sinister back then for staff to gyrate with pupils In the end, it was my senior master and mentor who, realising her vulnerability, took her under his wing and saw her safely through her senior years, butof him anon All things come to an end, and the last I remember of her was a chaste kiss on my cheek and a whispered thank you in my ear as she bade me farewell me at her leavers dinner I wonder now how her life panned out, if she made good use of her rich talents There were others I vaguely remember who had crushes , gave me small tokens of friendship, and endearments in Christmas cards, but it was her face, rightly or wrongly, I recalled when I read this book.In relating all this, and knowing what I know, I would never take the higher moral ground when it comes to Taylor s Mr B if we learn his first name I missed it and his actions with Martha The fact remains, and I repeat, she was only sixteen Cory Taylor handles the subject matter very well, and a highlight for me of the book was the screwball repartee between the two leading characters, covering up any inner turmoil present The author s fluid style captures the tenor of those times perfectly, of lives suffered away from, and mostly lusting for, big cities, where the action was Mr and Mrs Booker s domestic world of booze and marital emptiness, presumably pining for a child that could not be, saw them befriend Martha and her put upon mother Mr B goes one step further and carries on his not so clandestine affair, a relationship that the reader knows will have to eventually unravel, presumably big time, and unravel it does For Martha, losing her virginity to the Englishman is her escape from tedium into aadult world, and she handles it all with aplomb, even if she half knows it is all doomed There is not a decent male to be had in the novel, with Martha s estranged father being deeply flawed and odd, the brother only marginally less so At least the women have excuses for being the way they were Mostly, it seemed, they were ambivalent to the goings on, till Mrs B spits it volcanically Nasty possibilities rear their head as to possible outcomes for the two affairees as the narrative progresses, but spoiler alert none are forthcoming, and the novel ends withof a whimper than a bang, so to speak It is decidedly a better work of fiction for that It was not happy ever afters though.And for a happy ending in similar circumstances, let s go back to the man who shepherded the aforementioned non fictional young lady, the one who shone so brightly in my memory during my reading of this fine debut He too fell in love with one of his senior girls during his early years of teaching but, unlike Mr B, he waited for her to reach aacceptable age When I knew them they were happily married and devoted She was gorgeous, and he went on to a long and successful principalship at one of my island s prestigious schools for girls and that s the way it should be.Cory Taylor with this, for me, has proven her chops and I avidly await the arrival of her sopho effort, My Beautiful Enemy , due for release in April 13 a book that also deals with matters of the heart, but in very different circumstances It s in my diary


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    Me and Mr Booker, Cory Taylor s first novel, has been described as a coming of age novel Martha is sixteen and tells people she is emotionally scarred from her parents marriage break up She considers her unemployed and seemingly unemployable father, Victor, mad, and in a frightening rather than an amusing way Her mother, Jessica, a teacher, throws parties every weekend to ward off the boredom and loneliness of weekends, and her older brother Eddie is away in New Guinea In this dysfunction Me and Mr Booker, Cory Taylor s first novel, has been described as a coming of age novel Martha is sixteen and tells people she is emotionally scarred from her parents marriage break up She considers her unemployed and seemingly unemployable father, Victor, mad, and in a frightening rather than an amusing way Her mother, Jessica, a teacher, throws parties every weekend to ward off the boredom and loneliness of weekends, and her older brother Eddie is away in New Guinea In this dysfunctional atmosphere, Martha finds herself waiting for something to happen in her life As luck will have it, that something is Mr Booker English, sophisticated, charming and impossible to resist, despite the fact that he comes complete with a wife Very little is learned about Mr Booker and never his first name until the last chapter the very last line of the book reveals much Taylor expertly captures the feel of the dull country town, the sense of boredom and even hopelessness She lets us inside the mind of a sixteen year old girl, one who feels old because of her parents attitude and the way men have started to look at her Her affair with Mr Booker seems inevitable, and Taylor builds the tension throughout the book, giving the reader a sense of this can t end well This tension is regularly eased by the witty repartee between the characters As well as this, Victor s delusions and his letters to Jessica, full of inappropriately grandiloquent language, are quite a source of humour Some of his later letters are, unintentionally, truly hilarious Taylor gives us believable characters and authentic dialogue As we join Martha s journey towards adulthood and maturity, it is hard not to hope she finds her way without too much heartbreak The last page, a touching ending, has the reader wondering who really has the power over whom Me and Mr Booker is funny, sexy, moving altogether a great read Let us hope Cory Taylor haslike this one to share with her readers


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    I was pretty disappointed with this book, I had to force myself to finish it I found it quite dull, not much of a story line, and none of the characters were particularly likeable There was not much suspense or drama, they were sleeping together then they weren t, then they were, then they weren t And I didn t particularly care too much one way or the other.

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