Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things–to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.
Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is.
The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?
I really, really enjoyed this book. From the beginning it caught me, since my younger self wanted to be a teacher. I can totally see myself in Carolyn, a teacher who believes she can change the world by teaching and finds herself struggling just to survive each day. She's both tormented and ignored by her students, and the Principal makes her life completely miserable. She's drifting from her best friends and she meets a man (the Love part of the title).
Honestly, while I enjoyed the romantic angle of the story, it was the quirky, bumbling life of Carolyn that caught me and kept me. It's a great read, and it will make you look at your own life with a little more humor.
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A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011. The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.