WARNING: SEXUAL CONTENT, SEX WITH A CONSENTED MINOR, DEPRESSION
Synopsis by Goodreads:
Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated by the elite world of prep schools, having secretly longed to attend one since she was a girl in Buffalo, New York. So, shortly after her college graduation, when she’s offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys.
When Imogene meets handsome, popular Adam Kipling a few weeks into her tenure there, a student who exudes charm and status and ease, she’s immediately drawn to him. Who is this boy who flirts with her without fear of being caught? Who is this boy who seems immune to consequences and worry; a boy for whom the world will always provide?
As an obsessive, illicit affair begins between them, Imogene is so lost in the haze of first love that she’s unable to recognize the danger she’s in. The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent.
Exploring issues of class, sex, and gender, this smart, sexy debut by Corinne Sullivan shatters the black-and- white nature of victimhood, taking a close look at blame and moral ambiguity.
Student-Teacher stories always divide people’s opinions, especially when the student is under 18. Still, I jumped at the occasion to read this book, because who’s the person that hadn’t got a bit of a crush on one of their teachers growing up? No one? Just me then.
Indecent by Corinne Sullivan deals with a student-teacher relationship, which I can imagine to be disturbing for anyone who doesn’t like this kind of theme. Imogene it’s a 22 year old teacher apprentice, but she really doesn’t sound older than 16/17 years old. Perhaps it’s her history of anxiety and depression or the fact that she has an unhealthy expectation for relationships that make her look so young.
Not long after arriving at the school, Imogene gets in a sexual relationship with one of the students at the boarding school. At the beginning it’s just sex, but as they get to know each other her feelings start to change too. Due to her lack of experience around boys, she see Adam’s actions as something more than it is.
I believe that she found in Adam what she hoped to get when she was in high school, but never did. At times, Adam himself sounds much more mature than her, which can be showed later in the book when the relationship hits an impasse. Imogene is the adult here, but she is in no way a responsible one. Putting all the blame onto a kid that already has too much on his plate.
Sullivan’s writing style gives you a sense of unease and anxiety, mixed with the expectation that things will work out in the end. As is written in the first person, this writing style does makes you feel exactly how Imogene is feeling. Just like her, you are so focused on her feelings about this relationship, that you forget that the kid here is Adam. He is literally falling apart in front of her, and she is too worried about herself to help him.
Even though I wanted to read the book for the romance, I feel that I got much more out of it. There is a reason why this type of relationships should stay only a fantasy, and Sullivan’s show us exactly why.
The title of this book pretty much sums it all up, it’s all very Indecent.
Indecent by Corinne Sullivan will be out in the 31st of May in paperback and is available for pre-order on Amazon(affiliated link).
Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a paperback copy of Indecent in exchange for my honest review.