Lurlene McDaniel, Author . Delacorte $10.99 (196p) ISBN 978-0-385-73453-0

McDaniel (Don't Die, My Love ) forsakes her typical weeper for a cautionary tale about a high school freshman seduced by his history teacher. On the first day of class, Ryan “locks eyes” with the stiletto-wearing, cleavage-baring Ms. Settles (“I feel heat”) and watches her bend over a desk drawer (“The sweaterdress hugs her backside, and I want to do the same”). Describing the same encounter, the teacher says, “I stare at him and the room seems to recede. A halo of light encircles him and suddenly, I know... he'll be the One.” The two become sexually involved and mutually obsessed, arousing the suspicions (and jealousy) of Ryan's longtime friend Honey, who wishes she were his girlfriend. McDaniel furnishes the souped-up drama her fans crave, and even the denouement has its soapy excess (Ryan, about to be reunited with the now-vilified and convicted Ms. Settles, asks, “Which of us is the predator and which the prey?”). Readers interested in a more sophisticated, psychologically astute treatment of the same subject should see last fall's Boy Toy by Barry Lyga (Reviews, Sept. 3, 2007). Ages 12-up. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 02/11/2008
Release date: 02/01/2008
Prebound-Glued - 196 pages - 978-0-606-14414-8
Library Binding - 196 pages - 978-0-385-90457-5
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-0-307-49736-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 196 pages - 978-0-440-24015-0
MP3 CD - 978-1-5366-4868-3
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