Thursday, 11 December 2014

Book Review --Ignition: An Educator's Journey by Michelle Arrose

Ignition: An Educator's Journey by Michelle Arrose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around Karen Woolsworth, who lands her first teaching job. Her delight gives way to terror as she realises she has been assigned a group of the toughest kids in the school to manage. The group is made of very violent and disrespectful students, and they are least interested in making a life, leave alone learning. As Karen gets caught up in this whirlwind life, the only support she leans on is her husband. But she soon finds that the horror of her teaching life seeps into her personal life as well, taking a huge toll on her physical and emotional health. Does Karen manage to overcome her challenges, or does she succumb to the pressure? Is there a possibility she would get any help at all? The story answers all points, but with different endings.

I was impressed with the triple ending approach. The book kept me captivated with the hardships faced by Karen. Although a few instances reminded me of another popular story where the protagonist overcomes all obstacles to manage a group of rough children and mould them to be great humans, one has to admit that the resemblances seem more like coincidences. The plot is nicely handled. Karen's characterisation was extremely well done, given the manifold complexity - the turmoil, destructions to her personal life, her disappointment that she is failing at her career that she was so eagerly looking forward to.

I would recommend this book to lovers of reality dramas.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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