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Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop

For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career, 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?

My Review of Love and Other Subjects

As we grow and mature, the relationships that we are in go through some changes.  Sometimes those we thought we would be the best of friends with forever and a day slowly (or sometimes quickly) drift away.  There are times when we have an “ah-ha” moment and have to ask ourselves, “Why in the world am I in this relationship / friendship?”

That seemed to be a resounding theme in Love and Other Subjects.  The main character, Carolyn, and her duo of friends all grow and learn things about themselves during their first year as teachers in an inner-city school.  Taking into consideration that her first school is led by a principal who clearly has his own set of internal issues and is far from capable of leading a school or a staff, Carolyn has a lot on her plate during this stage of growth and change in her life.

Of course, love plays a big part in Love and Other Subjects.  The characters all learn important lessons about love – the sacrifices and compromises we make, letting go and growing together.

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About the Author

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.



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Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

Tuesday 21st of January 2014

This book sounds good! I will share with my book club.

sharon martin

Friday 17th of January 2014

Yeap I totally agree, you definitely become wiser with age, its just the getting older part I'm not keen on.

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