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Sixteen, Sixty-One Author Natalie Lucas pulls no punches in this tremendously original, sophisticated, and potentially inspirational or cathartic memoir Sixteen, Sixty One describes the author s experience in a sexual relationship with a 61 year old man when she was only you guessed it 16 years of age herself She doesn t spare the man in question or the reader from the nasty details of her liaison I respect this unforgiving truth telling Moreover, as the book moves forward Lucas engages with wholly novel ways to unpack her feelings and experience the book is ultimately in dialogue with the tradition of the epistolary novel and literary criticism of the same Lucas is no slouch as a literary critic, so to go through her dissections of e mails from Mr 61 if you will is awesome and, I found, empowering just to read The power was contagious Lucas s analyses are never trite or otherwise boring, I found You could say the topic of this book includes Disclaimer I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I attempted reading this book five times, and failed ever single time It didn t help that I struggled with trying to get the file to even load into my reader, but ultimately it wasn t technical problems that lead me to not finish this book I can t say it was the direct fault of the book either I think the big road block for me was the combination of writing style and premise This is book is about real events that happened to the author, but there is a distinctive literary style to how it s written that felt very forced to me There s a difference between someone reliving their past and someone telling you about them This was very much telling over show, to the point that I felt the author was trying too hard and it kept pulling me out of the story I also struggled to connect with the main character, who is a real person, to even care about what was happening That s a big sign that I m going to struggle to stay Natalie Lucas Was Just 15 When She Began A Close Relationship With A Man In His Early Sixties Matthew Opened Natalie S Mind And Heart To Philosophy And Literature Within Months They Had Entered Into The Intense, Erotic Affair That They Would Disguise As An Innocent Intergenerational Friendship For Several Years Together They Mocked The Small Town Busybodies Around Them, Laughing At Plebs Like Her Parents And His In Laws, Who Were All Too Blinkered By Convention To Live Pure Lives Only Natalie And Matthew Were Truly Free.Or So She Believed But When Natalie Left Her Hometown For University And Decided She Wanted To Try To Live A Normal Life, Matthew S Affection Soon Turned Into A Consuming Obsession.Written With Remarkable Candor And Grace, Sixteen, Sixty One Is Than An Account Of Suburban Grooming It Is The Gripping Story Of A Young Girl S Sexual Awakening And Journey Into Womanhood. I didn t like this book I read this out of morbid curiosity the idea of a sixteen year old girl having a relationship with a sixty year old man is insane to me I figured this was a case of twisted sexual grooming and got on with the book I get this was a memoir but straight away i realised this was very repetitive And whilst I don t feel right saying I wanted to be entertained by this I found it nb I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley It s an interesting coincidence that I was IM ing with a friend earlier This young woman is a sweet soul, and I love her to pieces, but she has empirically deplorable taste in men In our entire two million person metropolis, she will pick the worst possible guy to date Seriously, when she tells me she s met a new guy, I always ask her, What was this one in prison for It s a legitimate question, sadly Often, with the benefit of distance, we can see how bad a relationship will be for our friends, even if we can t always see it for our own dalliances.I felt this dread for Natalie, the narrator in Sixteen, Sixty One, when she involved herself romantically with her self aggrandizing sixty one year old neighbor, Matthew They lived in a small English town, so young Natalie was perhaps less than worldly Matthew seduced her with his scorn for the uneducated masses, filling Natalie s head with Leonard Cohen lyrics and existentialist authors His intellectual tutorials, naturally, included taking her virginity when she was sixteen Matthew was a one man cult.Natalie didn t see anything wrong with this at first she d bought into Matthew s we re smarter and better than everybody else thing When she went off Only managed to read the first 22 pages Could not get into this book at all Very poorly written Firstly, I would like to thank Netgalley for allowing me to get my hands on this extremely intriguing, tragic, horrifying and inspiring memoir So far out all of the books I ve read this year, this is the one I ve had the most trouble putting down Natalie is a fifteen year old teenager when she first meets Matthew, a sixty year old man At this point in Natalie s life she is feeling some of the emotional turmoils and insecurities that come with being a teenager, and like so many teenagers, Natalie wants to know where she fits in and who is While Natalie s family life is normal and healthy she is not close to her father, who was divorced from her mother and is distant at best Matthew starts to become this sort of father figure in a loose sense of the word for her He offers her the comfort of fatherly advice, love and the direction that she has been craving, along with philosophy, ambition, purpose and sense of belonging and understanding He makes her feel special Who wouldn t want that They re interactions at this point, while appearing innocent, were peculiar right from the beginning and it didn t stay innocent for long Matthew emails her often and has too much Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.Sixteen Sixty One is the recollection of the author s sordid three year affair with a man forty five years her senior I m a fan of taboo May December romances in fiction, however reading a memoir of an event in real life, especially considering the author was a minor, was uncomfortable at best.Matthew, a friend of the family is sixty one years old and takes an interest in Natalie, a then fifteen year old social misfit Natalie is having trouble finding her place in the social hierarchy of school She questions her sexuality, finding attraction to both boys and girls, yet failing to capture the attention of either sex Soon, Matthew shows interest in Natalie, and frequent visits in his home under the guise of part time employment shelving his books begins They talk about poetry and art, he speaks to Natalie as an adult, showing her respect and taking a genuine interest in her.Their relationship starts out platonic and innocent enough, but in hindsight, Natalie realize that he is grooming her and earning her trust in order to begin a sexual relationship with her Finally, she relents and surrenders her virginity, and sets a course for years of lies and deceit She must k Read all my reviews on I m usually not really into reading memoirs but I decided to read this one out of morbid curiosity I ve never understood why people would start a relationship with someone thrice their age I hoped this might give me some insight.I started reading and after a few chapters I already started thinking, how can this be interesting for a whole book And indeed, I felt there was a lot of repetition and the story could have been a lot shorter I find it hard to actually remark on the story itself because as a memoir it s at least supposed to be non fiction, but sometimes I was thinking can you really believe this or that Their relationship she s sixteen, he sixty one felt extremely creepy right from the start even before it turned into a sexual relationship.Perhaps it s just because I don t really like memoirs, but I didn t enjoy reading it and w This is another one of those memoirs where you just don t know how to rate it or write about Take a look at the synopsis again Its a relationship with a 44 year age difference Let that sink in This book isn t about the romantic side of things at all Its about an OLD man abusing his authority and persuading an innocent girl into this relationship Natalie was technically in the wrong place at the wrong time, with normal teenage issues Matthew honed in on that and helped her through these difficult times, being her friend Someone they could bullshit about literature with each other Then romance and love into the picture It should be noted that it was never forced and that it did seem like they were truly in love But, age does and should play a big red flag in a lot of relationships.This memoir is basically a coming of age story Natalie grew up, went to university, studied and travelled abroad All the while questioning her sexuality Her self Her worth And I did think that her going to America is what potentially saved her She

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