Young Teacher by Bobbi Ruggiero
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Challenges: #2016NewRelease, #CleanSweep
Control freak Julia Powers hates surprises. With the skills of a ninja, she keeps her ad business and personal life in perfect order. Matthew Gordon wants nothing more than for his band Joyride to go national. While he waits for his big break, he spends his days working in a sandwich ship--a job he loathes--and teaching guitar on the side--a job he loves. His days get a bit more interesting when a mysterious woman comes in for lunch. Imagine his surprise when she shows up at his door for guitar lessons. Unfortunately, Julia can't play guitar to save her life, and her frustration threatens to ruin any chance of her finding happiness. Will he ever be able to tech her that she's perfect just as she is?
Young Teacher first appeared in the 80s Mix Tape anthology published by Pink Kayak Press.
Young Teacher was a quick, sweet read. It's Ruggiero's debut and shows the promise of good things to come!
Julia is a 35 year old woman who's driven, smart, and talented. She's spent may years making a name for herself in the advertising world but seems to have forgotten that a little fun every now and then makes life worth living. Enter her best friend and assistant, Katie, who finally gets Julia to agree to a concert night out. Imagine Julia's surprise at seeing the guy from the sandwich shop - the one she's been flirting with - on stage. Imagine her further surprise, when, weeks later she accepts the gift of guitar lessons from Katie, and sandwich guy is her teacher!
What follows is a delightful story about self-discovery, learning to let go, and maybe allowing fate to take the wheel. And music! The way Julia and Matthew spoke to each other through music was clever. The integral role Ruggiero had music play in the story was also a pleasure. I felt the pacing was good and the story flowed well. I think my main issue was that, since this is a novella, I was left wanting more. If the story had been longer, the character development would have been more in-depth, and my connection with Julia and Matthew would have been stronger.
As for how the title relates, well you'll have to read to get the answer to that. I will say it's an answer worth getting as you'll enjoy spending time with Julia and Matthew. In fact, my main regret is not getting to spend more time with them.