Happy Monday Savvy Readers! March has been good to us bookworms, with some amazing new releases that will have me binge-reading all month and this week’s featured read is no exception! An absolute page-turner, I present for your reading pleasure: My Dark Vanessa.
One of the buzziest debuts in quite some time, My Dark Vanessa explores the relationship dynamics of Vanessa Wye, a precocious yet naive teenage girl and her magnetic yet simultaneously manipulative teacher. At times hard to read, and even harder to put down, this is one featured read you don’t want to miss!
Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, the story begins in 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.
But seventeen years later, in 2017, a reckoning is due, especially as the #MeToo era sees a rising wave of allegations against powerful men. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, and 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.
Juxtaposing memory and trauma with the excitement of a teen girl’s first brush with love and intimacy, My Dark Vanessa is a though-provoking portrayal of adolescence that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Brilliantly reflecting the shifting cultural mores that transform our relationships and society itself it’s safe to say that this novel is absolutely era-defining. Don’t just take our word for it, though… Check out the trailer below!
Officially hitting shelves TOMORROW, My Dark Vanessa is going to have everyone talking. Don’t miss out! And make sure to keep your eyes peeled on our social channels, as we might just have some special tricks up our sleeve! Add it to your My Book Pledge shelf today!