Anisha will also be over at The Debutante Ball grog group blog schooldd August 9th. I am no longer a teacher at Dalton, so no one can fire me. Schooled takes place during the first year in the working life of Anna Taggart, a seventh grade English teacher. This story first appeared in the July 31, issue of WWD. Our valedictorian went to Harvard, and we sent graduates to M I come from a suburban public school education from a community that sprouted from horse farms and apple orchards into a seven to seven thousand person residential development mostly for transplanted New Yorkers. He really served as a bookend aisha there was so much more to learn about him.
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Shelves: humor , adult I read this after hearing lots and reading quite a few reviews about the book, so I am not entirely sure about my reactions - how much was my enjoyment and annoyance colored by these preset expectations? And how much of my secret pleasure and overt disgust came from my having known the author and has been working in the school that this fiction is supposed to be based on? So read on, those of you who are curious to know my opinions about the book, with caution and many grains of salt!
First, I I read this after hearing lots and reading quite a few reviews about the book, so I am not entirely sure about my reactions - how much was my enjoyment and annoyance colored by these preset expectations? First, I was surprised how the book does not really feature many recognizable students and faculty from the school, nor does it develop the school as a setting fully.
In fact, most teachers do not even enter the story. In short, the setting of the school is not quite fleshed out or rich, and the supporting characters are not 3-dimensional, either. A few incidents or coincidences are probably not identifiable by those who are not intimately connected to the school, either. So much, so much of the story is extremely exaggerated: the characters complete caricatures, and the whole world distorted with the kind of hyper-reality one can only find in Gossip Girls and Sex in the City.
Of course also in the highly manipulated Real Housewives "reality" shows Suffice to say that I have encountered scores of most brilliant human beings: readers, writers, thinkers, activists, artists, mathematicians, scientists, all kinds of people -- both from its faculty pool and the student body, to feel privileged and proud to be part of this incredible institution.
The biggest weakness of the book, to my eyes, is how bland the writing is Just a few examples here: page Anna wonders "if Shakespeare would be Missing punctuation marks, continuity errors, and misused words, such as "My ears were ringing.
The one saving grace is that the readers do not admire Anna oh, maybe a little bit toward the end of the story when she suddenly has a courageous enlightment moment , and that adds some flavor to the tale of a small fry lost in the world of greasy glitz.