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Love Lessons

By: Jacqueline Wilson
Narrated by: Finty Williams
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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister, Grace, have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. Forced to wear Mum's odd handmade garments and forbidden from reading teenage magazines, they know they're very different to 'normal' girls. But when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue suddenly discovers what it's like to have a little freedom.

Sent to a real school for the first time, Prue struggles to fit in. The only person she can talk to is her kindly, young, and handsome art teacher, Rax. They quickly bond, and Prue feels more and more drawn to him. As her feelings grow stronger, she begins to realise that he might feel the same way about her. But nothing could ever happen between them, could it?

©2008 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Jacqueline Wilson at her very best." ( Publishing News)
"Sensitive and insightful story ... Demonstrates perfectly why this author is adored by her legions of fans."
( The Bookseller)
"Deserves three cheers ... The most richly enjoyable Wilson novel for years." ( The Times)

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An excellent story with excellent narration

I have listened to Love Lessons at least ten times and each time I have read it I have enjoyed myself enormously.
The main character is so interesting and relatable. I, myself am a huge fan of Jacqueline Wilson and Finty Williams is my all-time favourite narrator. I really recommend this audiobook, it’s amazing

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  • anjali
  • 02-06-17

Good but..

I think it is good but the story can sometimes be uncomfortable to listen to, but my sister loves it.

I think this book is probably for young adults and teens, as it contains a bit of mature content.

Overall it is not bad .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-21

A good audio book not for younger fans

I really liked this audio book, its easy to listen to and the narrator was great at making the characters believable. I'd definitely say the story on the otherhand, is for older teenagers. It has a lot of adult themes including a child in love with an adult teacher. It is written from the teenager's perspective so some of these themes aren't addressed as negatively as an adult would see them, but it's a thoroughly captivating story and brings up a lot of questions about first loves.

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  • ClaireCalderstones
  • 05-31-20

This book is in the middle

2 star because it was a bit unsusual

I mean it was quite. A good book but it could’ve been a bit better

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  • Sally Holden
  • 05-08-20

Teen book

This is definitely a book for older kids around 11-14. It’s a good story line, if a little odd, but enjoyable all the same

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  • Zara Nolan
  • 11-24-19

Well written but disturbing.

I loved Jacqueline Wilson as a child and have recently been listening to the audiobooks as a bit of nostalgia. I've never read this one before. I think it's commendable that JW challenged such a difficult topic taking into account the way a young person might actually feel i.e. she believes it's a romance rather than abuse because at that age you think you know everything, and are mature even though you really aren't. However, be prepared to feel physically sick at times, I certainly did. I'm not really sure how I feel about this. I think it's good it exists from an educational standpoint but perhaps it needs something explicit at the front or in the blurb explaining that the story is about abuse. Both so that people with trauma can avoid it, but also so that young people reading/listening to it understand that whilst it is the protagonist's perspective that there's nothing wrong with the relationship she is mistaken and when she is older she will likely realise that she is a victim. Otherwise I fear it might make young people reading it feel that pursuing a relationship with an adult is a good thing in some way. This is similar to the Whitney storyline in Eastenders, she believed she was in love with her step-dad, but in fact he was abusing her. I think it's good to be honest about the topic, that victims don't always feel like victims at the time as it helps people to understand the victims position. But I do think as this is a book for young people it needs to be more explicitly stated that something feeling 'right' doesn't mean it is.

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  • Julia D London
  • 03-13-17

Love lessons

Love lessons in an amazing book it makes you have so much empathy for Prudence. The only thing is it could of gone longer like Prudence and TOBY could have fallen in love with each other I don't know.

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  • sarah
  • 03-01-16

fairly good

Would you try another book written by Jacqueline Wilson or narrated by Finty Williams?

I love Jacqueline Wilson and if your also a fan of hers than I suggest reading/listening to it, if you don't enjoy her so much than I would choose something else, it was read pretty well. They did voices, which is a bonus.

If you’ve listened to books by Jacqueline Wilson before, how does this one compare?

Jacqueline Wilson's other books are a lot better, definitely try another if you enjoy, or like the look of this, and if you don't try another one of hers their great.

Could you see Love Lessons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I can't see it being made into a successful one because it is for children 10 and above and I don't see people finding it that interesting.

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  • Gina
  • 04-13-13

Mixed Feelings

I listened to this story with my teenage daughter who is a long standing Jacqueline Wilson fan. The narration by Finty Williams is excellent and allowed the story to be a pleasurable listening experience for both of us. Love Lessons is a typical Jacqueline Wilson novel in that it deals with difficult life situations and emotions from a young person's viewpoint. Whereas this is commendable, neither of us enjoyed or appreciated the way in which the plot developed in this particular story. The gritty realism of a schoolgirl crush sadly descended into silly fantasy with the reciprocal feelings and behaviour of the teacher. I have mixed feelings about this title - overall it is very good but with a silly and disappointing ending.

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  • charlotte
  • 04-03-20

Love lessons

I loved this book as some of the problems in these are actual situations and I love Jacqueline Wilson 😊😊😊😊😜😜😜

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  • Cj
  • 11-28-18

Nostalgia with mixed thoughts...

I loved this book when I was younger and the idea of that kind of wild forbidden romance, but now listening to it and re reading it I realise it was a lot darker than I first realised. The progression of the relationship between the characters and knowing what I know now I’m older...still an amazing sorry and really well read. Will be re listened to for sure

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  • Idoya
  • 08-13-22

Weird. It I love it 💞

This story in the long run is wrong and illegal but Jaqueline tells it so I want them to be together!!!!!!! WITCH is ILLEGAL!!!
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  • Julia
  • 08-04-22

bit strange but great

rereading/listening to jacqueline wilson books at different times in my life is now my fav hobby. Not sure if i would reccomend for a young audience i’d suggest 12+