Learning Curves by Catherine Robinson
Genre: True Life, Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary
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Carolyn Reardon loved being a full-time mom, but after enrolling her children in preschool, she wanted to do more than just wait for them at home every day. Becoming a high school teacher seemed like the perfect career.
At first, Carolyn found meaning as an educator, helping students who grew to appreciate her enthusiasm and passion for learning. Carolyn’s caring and dedicated co-workers also became her closest friends. But she noticed a disturbing trend. Many teachers turned to drugs in order to deal with the stress of low pay and impossibly high demands. Others lost themselves in illicit affairs, conducted in unused or empty classrooms, and a few risked it all by seducing their own students.
Carolyn tried to ignore the sexually-charged atmosphere and cling to her happy marriage, but when an attractive and flirtatious teacher pursued her, Carolyn got swept up in a scandal of her own.
Learning Curves is a humorous, frightening, and semi-true tale about teaching, temptation, and the sometimes disastrous results – both in and out of the classroom.
What they're saying about it:
"Learning Curves reminds us of what we already know, that well meaning teachers are underpaid, overworked, and generally trapped a thankless and unforgiving profession. That said, the writer tells her story with her tongue fully placed in her cheek. The humor is dry, and the writing is honest. The supporting cast of characters are her colleagues - other teachers beaten down by the public school system. They are hilarious, and at the same time, not unrealistic. It's a fun read. Don't miss it."--Amazon Reviewer
"I took a copy of Catherine Robinson's 'Learning Curves'on vacation with me and was glad I did.
Robinson's heroine, Carolyn, takes on a High school in Florida in her second career as a school teacher. Her story is, at various times, touching, witty, sad and erotic. Carolyn is forced to deal with a stalker, and temptation - in the form of a fellow teacher - despite the fact that she is very much in love with her husband. The book is well plotted, has interesting characters and is fairly fast paced."--Amazon Reviewer