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Publication date: March 28th, 2014
My rating: 2 stars
"It started with a game - seduce the new teacher.
Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Laurent is living the American Dream. Born into a wealthy, socialite family with more opulent surroundings and material things than any girl could even fathom, Kaitlyn is the fresh, young face amidst a sea of morally-amiss Manhattan Debutantes. She is educated, poised, and on the outside - entirely virtuous. Her life, in short, is perfect.
Or so it would seem.
Inside the walls of her Upper East Side mansion, Kaitlyn is struggling. After her parents' divorce and her father's remarriage to a beautiful but otherwise utterly vapid woman, Kaitlyn quickly finds herself living in a realm of self-created fantasy, completely detached and entirely clashing with her new family – particularly, her classmate-turned-stepbrother, Marius. Arrogant and with a penchant for playing games, he is intrigued and infatuated by Kaitlyn's faux-chaste outer facade that she uses to cover an otherwise calloused heart.
When the two of them enter into into their final semester at Trinity Prep, and the buzz around campus is that a gorgeous new teacher has set foot in the classroom, Marius makes Kaitlyn a bet: seduce the man who is now her Literature teacher.
If she wins, she gets his trust fund. Money that she can use to finally escape a life that she has come to loathe.
If Marius wins...he gets her virginity.
When an initial spark turns into full-blown obsession, and her affections are inevitably returned – Kaitlyn learns that there are no actions without consequence, and some affairs are simply star-crossed."
I didn't expect much, but it still managed to disappoint me. Star-Crossed, a debut novel by Luna Lacour got interesting reviews in the community, some readers loved it while others even gave up on reading it half way trough. I am always curious when I find books with focus on affairs between student and teacher, and I keep hoping I'd finally stumble upon one that gives a well thought trough and more serious approach to the subject. Not much luck so far.
Why Star-Crossed didn't work out for me?
First of all, it reminded me to much of a lot of already seen storylines - Gossip Girl, Cruel Intentions (movie with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair in main roles)... Second, writing was so weird. I had to re-read some of the sentences to figure out their meaning. Third, plot has so many inconsistencies and character development is really superficial. I felt as if certain things were picked up because of scandalous and melodramatic effect with no actual intention to explain reasoning of actions, thoughts or why things happen the way they did. I couldn't connect with Kaitlyn at all - actually, she annoyed me. To be completely honest with you, I am not even sure why I didn't DNFed this book.
Who should read it? Fans of taboo themes and a lot of drama. But if you want to read a really good book about this topic with all of those things, I recommend Taming the Beast by Emily Maguire.
***Copy of this book was provided by author, Luna Lacour, in exchange for an honest review.***