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“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

Where You Are - J.H. Trumble Mostly enjoyed this story. I appreciated the character development and their background stories, particularly Robert's relationship with his Dad. It was a different perspective for a dying parent scenario and one that I hadn't really considered before.

My issue with this book is that it romanticised the student/teacher relationship between Robert and Andrew, whilst also making me feel uncomfortable with it. A few times, I felt Drew took advantage of his position as Robert's teacher and I felt he didn't get the seriousness of what he was doing, by starting a relationship with Robert before he graduated. He seemed more worried about the potential harm to his career, than his being involved with Robert, who was a vulnerable seventeen year old.

I get the appeal of student teacher stories, they're taboo and in this case the age difference was minimal (6 years I think). Yet Andrew crossed the line of what is acceptable behaviour from a teacher for me, and that held me back from supporting their relationship.