Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Whole Golden World - Book Review

Honor student Morgan Monetti is looking forward to graduation and the day she can head off to college. Morgan is tired of watching her best friend's new romance with Morgan's ex-boyfriend and she's embarrassed by her attempts at love with her crush. Mr. Hill, her calculus teacher, is the only person who seems to understand her frustrations. Handsome and funny, Mr. Hill is the only person she can really talk to. Surely, this is love.

Morgan's mother Dinah and Mr. Hill's wife Rain are both devastated when the relationship between Morgan and TJ Hill is discovered. Now facing a trial for exploiting a student, TJ tries to clear his name and Morgan shocks her parents by standing by the man she loves.

Readable and skillfully developed, The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle tells the story that we hear in the news all too often--that of a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student. Accurately portraying the fallout and consequences, Riggle is honest about the havoc and ruin left by these inappropriate relationships. The characters in this novel are flawed but very real in their desires and hopes.

A thoughtful discussion of responsibility and childhood, Riggle also tells a well-plotted story in her novel The Whole Golden World. After reading a few books that had inappropriate relationships between adults and children this last year, I really appreciated the way it was handled in Riggle's novel.

The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle was published by William Morrow in November 2013.

**I received a complimentary copy of The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and no additional compensation was received.**

1 comment:

Melinda Ott said...

Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for the review!