elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Teacher's Pet by G.A. Hauser

Jeremy is a 22 years old college student. From a middle class family, handsome and friendly, he is like thousands of other students. But Jeremy has a secret: he likes men. Born in a conservative family, he has always thought that his being gay is a drama, something he needs to hide to no lose all his friends and the love of his family. Plus, told be truth, his family is not at all the supportive american family you see in television fiction: a spoilt sister, a father who borders on alcoholism and a mother who not loses a chance to make him feeling ungrateful.

But when Jeremy sees his art teacher, Peter, he is taken. Peter is a 34 years old successful artist who accepted a work as college professor to prove to his family that he has a worthy work. Not that like an artist he isn't doing good money, but being an artist is not a "real" work. Plus Peter is a divorced man, newly wedded to a too young bitch: a woman he has married in a drunken night in a fast marriage chapel in Las Vegas.

Both Jeremy or Peter haven't noble reasons to do what they done. Jeremy is a horny young man who has the hots when he sees his professor; when he learns that the object of his desires is married, he feels a bit of pain, but not regret and this little fact means nothing to his intention to seduce the handsome professor. And Peter doesn't think twice to engage in a relationship with a much younger man, one of his student. And the fact that he is married seems not important since the wife is a spoilt bitch who deserves only to be thrown out of his bed.

Reading this you could rightly think that I don't like Jeremy or Peter... and you are wrong! I like them both, cause they are "real", they are not the fake perfect heros of an usual romance. And also the supporting characters, in their exasperated characterization, are perfect. Everything in this romance is amplified to excess, but it's only a means to underline how the characters are "normal" and "day-to-day": don't miss the family's quarrels of Jeremy, or the jealousy's scenes of Peter's wife.

I like very much G.A. Hauser's style, all her characters are so full of faults: when Jeremy is asked to go home to support his father in a difficult moment, he regrets the lost chance to have a weekend of sex with his lover; when Peter has to face an inequity treatment, not only toward him, but also toward him being gay, he doesn't raise his head in an impetus of rightful indignation, but simple turn his shoulders and go away... Peter and Jeremy are not heros, they are like the men you cross on the street every day, maybe only a little more handsome!

Amazon: Teacher's Pet
Amazon Kindle: Teacher's Pet
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475132980
ISBN-13: 978-1475132984

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Tags: author: g.a. hauser, genre: contemporary, length: novel, review, theme: art world, theme: college, theme: may december
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