Title: Me and Mr J
Author: Rachel McIntyre
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Fifteen-year-old Lara finds her soulmate. There’s just one problem – he’s her teacher.
Lara’s life has changed radically since her father lost his job. As the eldest, Lara tries to keep upbeat, and the one outlet for all her problems is her diary where she can be open about how dire everything is at home, and worse, the fact that she’s being horrifically bullied at school.
And then a shining light comes out of the darkness – the new young and MALE teacher, Mr Jagger. The one person who takes Lara seriously and notices her potential. The one person who is kind to her. The one person who she falls madly and hopelessly in love with. The one person who cannot reciprocate her feelings … can he?
REVIEW BY MOLLY 8:8
In my opinion Me and Mr J is a romantic but dangerous book suitable for 13-16 year olds.
Me and Mr J is based on, fictional character, Lara Titlis’ diary. In Lara’s diary she writes about her school life which is not ideal for a teenaged girl … until Mr J comes along. Lara is a smart and intelligent young woman but it seems that other pupils in her school -especially the tormenting trio: Molly, Mikaela and former best friend Chloe- seem to be jealous of her brains. Lara may be clever however, the girls have no trouble finding ways to pick on Lara. They call her names because she is ginger and insult her embarrassing surname, on some occasions they would even use the fact that her family is having struggles and going through a rough time as a way to taunt her. Lara finds it very hard to cope with the bullying she faces at school she even tries to avoid the bus. There is only one person who helps Lara through the intimidation and mistreatment that she faces every day and that person is Mr J (Lara’s form tutor and English teacher). Mr Jagger is the only person Lara can talk to about everything and mistakenly falls for him. Lara is convinced that the way Mr J cares for Lara is not just because he is her teacher and it is his job to make things right. Even though Lara has fallen in love with Mr J is it possible that he could feel the same way? Or is Lara just interpreting his actions the wrong way?
Lara writes all of her thoughts and feeling in the diary her parents got her for Christmas, which no other characters in the book would know about. Lara is a very independent person and it shows in the way that Rachel McIntyre has written her diary. Lara has to be mentally strong and resilient to be able to put up with the grief and stress she gets from her so called friends. I get the feeling from this book that Lara knows how to look after herself because of past experiences in school. Lara is my favourite character because from reading her diary you can tell that she is a comical person and can always see a funny or positive side to the stuff she has to put up with at her school. She is the type of person who will just take out her anger on her diary and it is quite amusing to read. Lara’s witty sense of humour makes the book easier to read under all of the stress and unkindness which is carried through out Me and Mr J.
My favourite part of the book is the ending as Lara finally can be happy although the ending is probably not what you would expect. The book has a twist and it comes as a surprise, I certainly didn’t predict it. I would recommend the book because it is worth reading to find out the ending. The book was very enjoyable to start off with and it didn’t get boring however towards the end of the book it became quite repetitive and I just wanted to get to the end. I would most undoubtedly read books written by Rachel McIntyre again as the book was definitely my type of genre. Unfortunately, I do not consider reading as a hobby because when I read I feel as if I am forcing myself to. For anybody who struggles to enjoy reading should consider reading Me and Mr J because I found it comfortable to read as it was humorous and easy-going.
I would rate the book 4/5 stars.