Unnatural Leadership: Going Against Intuition and Experience to Develop Ten New Leadership Instincts jHaracters This was definitely the book for meThe Truants provides the readers an insight to the heady mind of a nineteen year old as she first ventures into the wide world outside of the stifling confines of family life Our protagonist Jessourneys to university and experiences the sweet nectar of partial freedom that awaits her there But something much longed for also appears Lorna Clay Her idol her new English professor and her soon to be so much This was such a fascinating read that brought to mind two other dark academia favourites of mine The Secret History and If We Were Villains
THE WAY WEINBERG INTRODUCED BOTH THE way Weinberg introduced both the and the course topics covered was far accessible than the prior two and so a fast paced and inclusive read was deliveredThis was a book filled with obsessive longing unstable individuals hedonistic allure "substance abuse and ostentatious actions each ind ess "abuse and ostentatious actions Each ind Jess is middle class and about to start university She chose the university due to her obsession with the academic Lorna Clay whose book The Truants is about writers having to push themselves to reach their goals The Truants is about a clever group of misfits who yearn to break the rulesThe concept sounded ust right Young people trying to find themselves in each other The book is told from Jess s point of view There is the usual mix of campus stuff going on but some of it was not what I expected The book is well written The characters are messy I did like this book but I also found myself wanting I will read from this author in futureI would like to thank NetGalley Bloomsbury Publishing Plc UK ANZ and the author Kate Weinberg for my ARC in exchange for an honest review 2 stars This is the type of non literary book that has literary aspirationshowever its laboured attempts to imbue its story and characters with a certain dose of moral ambiguity or depth ultimately fall flat In spite of its intriguing first few chapters The Truants soon followed the well trodden path of similar campuscollege novels we have a main character who has a secret related to her past she makes a new female friend who is attractive and charming than she is she falls for an alluring man who has secrets of his own and she also finds herself drawn to her professor who also happens to have secrets of her own I could have looked past the predictable and lacklustre dynamics around which the story pivots if the writing or the characters had revealed at any point throughout the course of the novel some depth or any other spark of vitality Kate Weinberg s prose was competent enough but as the story is told through an unmemorable main character s point of view much of it felt dull The Truants reminded me a lot of The Lessons by Naomi Alderman not a good thing A nuanced
or interesting protagonistinteresting protagonist have made this into a much enjoyable novel Our MC however is the typical forgettable young girl who somehow manages to attract the attention of people who seem a lot fascinating than herI write seem as I never uite believed that her guy that s how interesting he is and her teacher were as clever or as alluring as our narrator told us And that s where the problem lies she tells us that these two are such magnetic people We are never shown exactly why they have such a powerful effect on her This sort of introspective narrative can workbut here our MC s examination of this period of her life seemed somewhat artificialI found this book engaging only when the characters discuss Agatha Christie The rest is an overdrawn love triangle that is made to be far tragic and destructive than what it is dating for a few months when you are a first year uni studentis it as all consuming as that The college aspect of the novel fades in the background giving way to the usual melodramatic succession of betrayals and shocking secrets If the characters had been than thinly drawn clich s then maybe I would have cared for this type of drama While this novel was slightly better than other cliue focused releases such as the campus novel Tell Me Everything and the artsy Fake Like Me I would recommend you skip this onemaybe you could try the very entertaining If We Were Villains or Donna Tartt s seminal The Secret History or even the hugely underrated The House of StairsRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads never have i suffered such whiplash from a story before the first half or so of this is probably worthy of 5 stars but then it shockingly plummets to like a 3 possibly even a 2 there is a really wonderful build up the students appear to be mysterious the professor seems to be allusive the plot feels like its going to be thrilling and the writing is downright beautiful at times but then there is a sudden dramatic shift and the illusion shatters the students arent mysterious they As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! just lack characterisation the professor isnt allusive sheust has no substance the plot isnt thrilling its shallow and the writing loses some of its beauty when it tries to be than what it is its a very sad turn of eventsso while i was disappointed when i turned the final page i cant get over how great the first part of the story is guess i will have to split the difference and give this a 35 rating 35 stars. N and betrayal disappearance and loss gives way to a breathless search for the truth she finds herself detective in a twisted crime of the heart Unsettling challenging surprisingly funny and beautifully written The Truants is a compulsively readable literary debut with a twist – and a dead body to bo. Ning into her uietly unfulfilled parentsFor
THE MOST PART MY SEEMEDmost part my parents seemed me neither noticeably happy nor unhappy but behaved with each other much as of my friends parents behaved like two adults without much in common who happened to be thrown together on a long car ourney Drawn out conversations about logistics silences filled by the welcome distraction of other voices on the radio and the recurrent niggle that things would be better if they had taken a slightly different route beguiled by a book of literary criticism called The Truants by dr lorna clay she enrolls in the university of east anglia to study under this woman she so admires ending up in lorna s agatha christie seminar Murdered by the Campus once there she uickly befriends georgie a buxom socialite as careless and wealthy as any fitzgerald character whose excesses *IN BOTH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PAIR WELL WITH HER *both drugs and alcohol pair well with her dramatic emotional excesses georgie begins dating alec a hearse driving south african post grad ournalist whose work freuently puts him in dangerous situations ess mistrusts him as much as she is intrigued by him even as she begins dating geology student nick and the four become surface level inseparable despite all the cracks in the foundation of their friendship lorna s teaching style is one that blurs the boundaries between classroom and personal space a practice which forced her to leave her last position the details of which are murky and scandalously titillating lorna sees something in ess raw clay or in her naked adoration of her that is appealing enough to befriend and mentor her intensifying ess covetous regard bad things happen as they must as ess is led into the selfish irresponsibility of youthful folly and when everything begins falling apart lorna shuttles The Book of Air jess away to her italian island hideaway where many shattering seeeecrets will come out this is a coming of age story about conseuences pedestal syndrome and the loss of illusionsess is the narrator looking back over these experiences six years later and as such it is her story and her insights even though she is the least interesting character in the book although nick s you are what you study emotional rock steadiness is also pretty undramatic compared to the magnetic personalities of lorna georgie and alec ess is an emotionally immature blank slate a uiet observer ust starting to come into her own test driving her emerging self in the shadowy proximity of these larger than life personalities upon whom she is pinning her unhealthy fascinations others see depth and promise in her than the reader encounters on the page which might be down to her self effacement and insecurity in the thrall of grandiose personalities her role here is almost voyeuristic in nature a position made literal by her first encounter with nick making eye contact with him as he intercourses a woman who is not georgie in the back of his hearse but continues in figurative echoes throughout a girl attracted to confident charismatic people an outsider yearning to be what they are watching and admiring blind to the flaws beneath their shine weinberg writes about this tender developmental stage beautifully all the testing of wings pushing of boundaries the self destructive habits of newly felt independence the vitality of college friendships and the manifestations of love in all its different forms there are so many great lines here she captures the pain of heartbreak perfectly not ust the icepick immediacy of one s own personal heartbreak but also in a academic remove during a lecture about christie s mysterious eleven day disappearance after learning of her husband s infidelity The whole country was looking for her Five hundred police officers and fifteen thousand volunteers But what she wanted desperately was the attention of one person Lorna looked at us her eyes very shiny Agatha wasn t breaking down or seeking revenge She ust wanted him to be thinking about her All the time like he used to as far as campus novels go and i ve read than a few this one m I had been saving this for a sunny day and I read it on a sunny day and it was perfect my memories of it will forever be infused with a sort of glow that could ve come from the weather or from the story perhaps a combination of both The Truants is another Secret History esue campus novel this one set at the University of East Anglia where deliberately bland protagonist Jess gets close to a lecturer she idolises and becomes embroiled in a thorny love triangle You know the drill and you probably know from that sentence whether you ll want to read this or not It s a formula that rarely fails to engage me and this is a good treatment of it following the tried and tested beats and adding The Seduction of Miranda Prosper just enough spikes of excitement to keep you guessing Reading it in one long glorious gulp is the best way to go it s difficult to believe in some of the characters and their behaviour but for a few engrossing hours I was able to set all that aside andust soak up the fantastic storytellingI received an advance review copy of The Truants from the publisher through EdelweissTinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr Dark academia Multiple mysteries Untrustworthy cast of E the other Lorna a charismatic literature professor Starting out under the flat grey skies of an east Anglian university campus and ending up on an idyllic Mediterranean island The Truants is about a group of clever and eccentric misfits who yearn to break the rules As Jess’ experience of infatuatio.