REVIEW: Violent Delights, Victoria Namkung

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

At Windemere School for Girls, one of America’s elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. With the help of an investigative journalist, and two additional Windemere alumnae who had relationships with Copeland as students, the unlikely quartet unites to take him down.

DNF @ 47%
Another day, another DNF...
Despite its incredibly important subject matter, I just couldn't force myself to continue to push through this book. The sexual assault of teenagers by their teachers is an horrendous area of our society that we, as a wider community, need to educate ourselves more on, but I wouldn't at all recommend that people do so through the blunders of These Violent Delights. It is incredibly badly-written, the dialogue is just filled to the brim with phrases that actual people would never ever say and the characters are far too self-aware that, at most points, the book reads more like a terrible cacophony of both non-fiction and manifesto than an attempt at a novel.
Also - I get that the teacher in-question is the head of the English department or whatever, but I definitely feel as though the title is more than a little inappropriate for the subject the book talks about. I mean, Romeo and Juliet, really?
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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