Teach Me by R.A. Nelson (Reflection)


The reader does not actually read novels but she is interested to try it because she is aware that it will benefit her in terms of the knowledge with vocabulary as she discovers new words as well. The critic activity gave her an opportunity to engage more on reading on purpose for it is required. Indeed, it was just her second time to finish a novel.


The reader was filled with satisfaction after finishing the novel. She finds the story really interesting even if at the very start, she is actually against with the fact of the student-teacher relationship. She can’t deny that even her, experienced to be amazed and stunned by a teacher but nothing more. In the first place, she dislikes Nine when she started to be obsessed about Mr. Mann. The reader also appreciates Schuyler more than Mr. Mann who has an annoying attitude of being coward. For her, Schuyler and Nine deserves each other more than anyone else does.


As the narrative continues, the reader begins to understand Carolina’s side and takes pity on her who supposed to be smart enough to throw out obscure reasons yet too naive to see that she is the one being victimize. The love of Carolina is so intense that Mr. Mann becomes her world so when she lose him, she lose her whole world as well.

“Why do people need other people so much? Why can’t we just do our work and go home? Why do we have to talk and touch and dream together?”

“My head is totally gone; there is nothing left but my heart.”

At last, the reader likes how the ending allows Mr. Mann to be heroic when he rescued Schuyler and Nine at the accident. It gave him a chance to penalize his own character in the eyes of the reader after he dragged Nine into chaos. She was taught how Nine managed to overcome the heart break that happened in her life.

If readers can handle dark, taboo tales of romance-gone-wrong, the novel “Teach Me” would not fail them to bring a cautionary, juicy and preachy narrative jam-packed.

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