Dismissed by Kirsty McManus

Posted August 30, 2015 by Erica || 3 Comments

Dismissed by Kirsty McManusDismissed by Kirsty McManus
Published by Createspace on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 166
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

The second Lizzie White lays eyes on her new English teacher Brandon Thomas, she is hooked. Brandon is young, cool and sexy - and nothing like the other teachers at her school. But of course he is forbidden from fraternising with the students or forming any sort out of outside hours relationship. And combined with the fact that Lizzie's best friend Taylor declared her feelings for Brandon first (and has therefore claimed theoretical ownership), Lizzie decides it's all too hard and focuses on a budding relationship with fellow student and class clown Gabe instead. But then Jason shows up. Jason is Brandon's trouble-making twin brother who seems to have no qualms about flirting with students or leaving a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. Before she knows it, Lizzie is dragged into a confusing world of blurred lines and lustful thoughts, where loyalties are tested and true feelings are explored.


So, I was really disappointed with this one. I probably could have DNF’d it, but it was only like 166 pages so I pushed through and read the whole thing. Not a smart decision. I guess part of the disappointment was the fact that I had very high hopes going into this one. I love forbidden love, especially the teacher/student type deal. With that being said, there wasn’t much to this book.

The main character, Lizzie, was an okay character. I could deal with her and I feel like she did have some development throughout. But, she will not be a very memorable character. Her relationships that she had were very bland and kind of pissed me off. The relationship that she had that pissed me off the most was with her best friend. Like, what the hell…she was annoying. Lizzie seems like such a down to earth person and her best friend, Taylor, was the total opposite. Her ego was out the window and she was very into herself and the way she appeared to others. I have yet to find a book when a best friend is a good best friend.

Back to the relationships…I mean this is a romance book…but this one was just…yikes. There were so many things going on and it was just too confusing. Usually when romance is thrown into my face I’m all for it, but this was ridiculous. I felt like no one even clicked in this book and it was all just forced.

What do you guys think about best friends in YA books? Have you found any that are actually there for the MC? Do you guys have any teacher/student forbidden love recommendations?

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3 responses to “Dismissed by Kirsty McManus

  1. Teacher/Student is my favourite forbidden love ones too, but it does have to be done right. But ugh, right? There’s not many good friendships around YA, there usually there for necessity or just…there and nothing else. Yeah, the romance since all over the place, and I need the chemistry and sounds like there was…none. 
    I haven’t actually read many (if any, can’t remember the names) with a teacher/student romance. 

  2. Yikes… it sounds like this book was a dud. The only teacher/student forbidden love story I’ve read personally is Unteachable, which I honestly ended up DNF’ing at first, then went back to it at a later point and ended up really enjoying it. Have you read that one? I think it’s worth a read. 🙂

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