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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 hand-made 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 the, could it?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Great story, shame for the skips

I loved this story when I was growing up and wanted to re-listen for nostaligia, unfortunately this audio recording seems to have multiple short skips where the story jumps forward, sometimes halfway through a word. A real shame that let's down the book

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Good book, good narration

Jacqueline Wilson is the queen of writing about taboo topics in a beautiful, heartwarming, wise way. Love Lessons was a fascinating yet tragic story but one that I still think about since the first time I read it when I was a teen. This version in Audible, read by Finty Williams is quite good and immersive and I would recommend it.

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Well written but unrealistic

Hello, actual real life 14 year old here. The writing is good, as always from Jacqueline but I didn’t feel any sort of rooting for the main character. Prue is annoying, rude and judgemental. The plot is unrealistic- innocent, ugly girl pulling the hottest boy and the hottest teacher?? Nah.

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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