Love and Other Subjects For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career In Love and Other Subjects Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love She s as skilled at bo

  • Title: Love and Other Subjects
  • Author: Kathleen Shoop
  • ISBN: 9781301525980
  • Page: 465
  • Format: ebook
  • For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career In Love and Other Subjects 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 wieFor every woman who wonders if she chose the right career In Love and Other Subjects 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 life she s always wanted

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    About “Kathleen Shoop

    1. Kathleen Shoop says:

      Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has than 20 years of experience in the classroom She writes historical fiction, women s fiction and romance Shoop s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer s Guide to 2013 Her work has appeared in The Tribune Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

    2 thoughts on “Love and Other Subjects

    1. “Learning and Love 101…”In this latest work of Ms. Shoop, we are introduced to Carolyn Jenkins, who has taken a position at a school on the D.C/Maryland border, which is world’s apart from her teaching experience in Pittsburgh, Pa. She now has a class comprised of half fifth graders and half sixth graders. Just because their age denotes the class to which they are assigned, does not mean they are academically prepared for its challenges. Carolyn’s class is a wild mix of personalities, [...]

    2. I LOVED this book. The beginning was a bit emotional for me, for a variety of reasons, involving an incident with a gun at a school. As the parent of school aged children, this issue always hits close to home, and I was an education major in college, and had a student bring a gun to school. Reading a book about a teacher in an underprivileged school, similar to the one I did my student teaching in, made the book quite personal for me. I loved how the author wove in the details of how many studen [...]

    3. From the first, I was attracted to the main character, Carolyn Jenkins. She’s in her mid-20s, smart (and smart-alecky!), hard-working, and as we soon learn, idealistic. All good characteristics for a new teacher. Unfortunately, like many new teachers, she has landed in a tough situation: a challenged school with a ridiculous administration. As Carolyn navigates her new career, new life and new love, we laugh and cry along with her. The book is well-written, with good dramatic tension. I was pu [...]

    4. This reminded me of the movie "Lean on Me" with Morgan Freeman. Only Carolyn has to deal with a principal that is determined to make her quit. With so many school shootings this book really shed light on what teachers feel. The way that the author opened the book was dramatic, and she finished it up with a great love story. Carolyn is a character that I could relate to. She constantly had bad luck, and was unsure of her choices. She had great character development and by the end if the book, she [...]

    5. I had mixed feelings on this book, as there were some parts I adored, thought were brilliant and clever, and some that frustrated me beyond belief. I can only imagine the difficult task an author has in combining the right proportion of storyline elements together to make a cohesive, flowing plot. Maybe it was my own fault that I enjoyed the teaching/student/school angle, but didn’t care so much for her personal relationship angle. Yet there seemed to be more focus on the latter, and I can und [...]

    6. This one has been slow-going for me. I really liked the premise for the story, but I'm getting stuck in some of the parts of the story, and having a hard time following the plot in some areas. The relationship with Jeep is probably what is really slowing me down, it seems a little implausible, and hurriedly put together. I love the parts about her teaching in the classroom.I just finished and the book really came together for me in the second half and I really ended up enjoying it quite a lot, s [...]

    7. When I started reading this book I readied myself for something light and fluffy, but it surprised me around every corner. The internal dialogue was interesting, funny, wry, ironic. But throughout Carolyn's journey of doubt and self-discovery one knows that she is growing all the time, that she is getting closer to understanding exactly who she is. Her love of teaching, and of children, shines through everything.I really enjoyed reading this book. Well done to Kathleen Shoop.

    8. She's Got Books on Her MindCarolyn has been teaching for two months and her dream of changing lives is crumpling beneath her. Her boss Mr. Klein breathes down her neck while her students constantly fight with one another. She starts wondering if becoming a teacher was a mistake. Compared to her best friends she is failing royally. Not only is her work life in shambles but her personal life too. She realizes that what her longtime boyfriend Alex wants she doesn't. She's known this for a while now [...]

    9. I just love this book! While it does have romance, it is the first year of teaching that really drew me in. Most teachers go into the profession wanting to make a big difference. It is not as easy as it looks, and there is definitely not enough pay. The first year is the hardest no matter where you are, but to be in a struggling school like Carolyn is even harder. Kathleen Shoop brings this struggle to life, not to mention showing that teaching takes over one's life. Most teachers spend hours an [...]

    10. It's her first year of teaching and things just aren't going well for Carolyn Jenkins. With a class full of kids who can barely read their own name and a principal who is out to get her, Carolyn is struggling. Also stuck in a relationship that should have ended long ago, Carolyn needs to make some changes. Then she meets a mysterious man and things really start to get crazy. Their relationship is filled with ups and downs, and things between her and her friends are becoming strained as well. Car [...]

    11. Carolyn is struggling during her first year as a teacher. With a boss who seems determined to put an end to her career before it’s barely begun and violence becoming commonplace in her classroom, this is not how Carolyn expected things to be. Having trained to be a teacher so that she could make her own mark on the world, Carolyn thought that she would make immediate changes to the lives of her pupils but instead she feels out of her depth in the classroom.Wondering if she’s made the wrong c [...]

    12. Carolyn Jenkins is a newly-minted teacher who’s somehow ticked off the Principal of her inner-city school, so he now uses her as his whipping post. As if that isn’t bad enough, she manages to survive a gun in her classroom, then breaks it off with her boyfriend and meets a handsome stranger – all in the same day, and not necessarily in that order…It doesn’t take Carolyn long to figure out what she’s willing to do to help her students succeed, but she’s darned if she knows what to d [...]

    13. Carolyn Jenkins is a new teacher, brimming with optimism and ready to save the world. Well, she's at least ready to save her class full of kids from a life doomed to illiteracy and menial jobs. Life, however, turns out to be more complicated and dismal than her idealistic vision. The reality of an inner-city school and a broken system threatens to ruin her dreams. Her personal life isn't doing so hot either. After breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, Alex, her BFF roommates Laura and Nina a [...]

    14. The perfect Summer read!This is the second book from the author Kathleen Shoop I have had the pleasure of reading. When I first came across the excerpt for this book I was a little iffy on whether I would be interested in this book. I am glad I followed through and finished the book completely as it turned out to be a great read.The main character Carolyn Jenkins is a teacher who fights to give her students the best education she can, even though the principal has made it almost impossible for h [...]

    15. Carolyn Jenkins only wants two simple things—to be the best teacher possible and to find love. However, she encounters a nasty principal & an armed student. Determined not to lose sight of her goals, she perseveres. Pulling herself up by her bootstraps, she determines to be a success in her chosen career. While trying to cultivate a relationship with a new man, she hits the brick wall of reality in her life. She must not only deal with him, but also with his eccentric family. An adult’s [...]

    16. I found this book interesting because I just recently completed my first year teaching. The first year teaching is exactly as described in this book. Teachers have a difficult time deciding that they should be a teacher only and not a friend to the students. It is hard to learn to demand respect and discipline. But once Carolyn has it figured out, the kids respect their teacher and the classroom, and will stand up for both. Several hilarious situations played out in the most embarrassing ways th [...]

    17. From Lilac Wolf and StuffMy first impression when I sat down to read this story was joy that it is a novel! My 2nd impression was, I love Carolyn! She is goofy, struggling with her career, and a bit socially awkward. I'm VERY socially awkward and I can't seem to figure out what I want to do with myself. Granted, she knew she wanted to be a teacher who makes a difference, but between the students and the principal, she was struggling through her first year."I made people laugh. Not because I was [...]

    18. Carolyn Jenkins wants only to find true love and be a great teacher. She struggles with both. Carolyn teaches at a school where guns and violence occur often and the students struggle in every subject. But she refuses to give-up on her students and goes above and beyond to help them learn. Carolyn’s love life seems to take off when she meets Jeep (yes, his real name), but of course it can’t be easy. When Carolyn meet.Jeep’s six sisters, all named Mary, the relationship heads towards failur [...]

    19. With recent events in the news about guns in schools, imagine my shock when the first few pages of this book were about a school shootingI almost turned off my Kindle. I'm glad I didn't. Ms. Shoop's novel is an excellent portrayal of an inner city school and the "family" of educators, their trials, failures, successes and the love most teachers feel for their students and how hard it is in today's world to teach effectively in a world of red tape, social and emotional issues. Ms. Shoop delves de [...]

    20. Love and Other subjects by Kathleen Shoop is not your average romcom. Carolyn Jenkins wants to make a difference. She really wants to give the kids she teaches a headstart in life. She’s a driven person, but also rather insecure and over-aware of her own faults. And there are some very difficult characters at school to deal with, not least of which is the Principal. Her home life isn’t much easier. She’s recently broken up with Alex and isn’t finding her friends Nina and Laura a whole lo [...]

    21. I absolutely loved this story! Loved the romance, of coursebut,what I really loved was the integration of such ameaningful, rich portrayal of a new teacher's classroom experience ina tough school with the mysterious and exciting tale of this young idealistic career woman's quest fortrue love!The conversations and dialogue were very intelligent, witty andmeaningful. I think the story showcases the realities of teaching andthe journey of self discovery that most people take after graduatingcollege [...]

    22. This book had me intrigued from the beginning. Carolyn is a teacher and she is fighting a what seems to be losing battle with her boss. Carolyn wishes to see changes and she takes control of what must be done. The principal is a no-gooder who is no help when it comes to her awful students that she has to deal with on an everyday basis. They are just so nasty to her. I think I would lose my wits about me! Oh and the story gets deeper as Carolyn truly starts to show her true colors and the humor d [...]

    23. Thank you to BookSparks PR and Kathleen Shoop for sending me this novel to share with you. Have you ever wondered about what it is like to teach in a classroom?Synopsis:Carolyn is starting her first year of teaching in a new school in the D.C. area. She shares her experiences with her good friends Nina and Laura. School is not what Carolyn thought it would be. She has no support from her boss Principal Klein. How will she reach her students? Her love life seems to be going stale with current boy [...]

    24. It's been a long time since I stayed up until 4 a.m. to read, but that's what happened when I picked up Love and Other Subjects. I couldn't put it down. Kathleen Shoop has great characters, an engaging and believable story, and a way with words. I loved this book.Carolyn is working in a high-risk public school with challenging students and the devil in disguise as a principal. Boy could I relate. Every one of Ms. Shoop's school scenes brought back memories and rang true for me. I was once twenty [...]

    25. Love and Other Subjects is one of the best books I've read in a long time. This author had me literally laughing out loud! You know that moment where you want to share what you just read with someone close to you but they wouldn't get the joke because they don't know the character? I had several moments like that. I felt like I had an inside joke with this book. I mean "blow ass"? If that doesn't make you laugh then you have no sense of humor.The main character Carolyn Jenkins is the type of per [...]

    26. Carolyn, the main character of the book, kind of reminded myself of me just a little bit. She is so very unorganized, just like me. She is unsure of herself most of the time, as am I. She wants to help people, especially her students bur she feels like she is unprepared and doesn't exactly know what to do. That is why I loved this book so much. I could relate to it so much. And I love that when I am reading a book.The relationships in the book were real and easy to relate to. I felt like this co [...]

    27. This is the story of a brand new teacher attempting to find her way in an inner city school. The principal is a guy from literally hell who really gives her a tough time. The kids-well-lets just say they are a challenge until she finally figures out how to reach them. She lives with 2 other teachers who are her best friends-and sometimes her worst enemies. Carolyn Jenkins needs to find herself!When Carolyn meets up with an older man in a bar one evening she is in love-but doesn't trust herself e [...]

    28. This book starts off with a bang (for those that have read it already, you know get it, right?) and just keeps getting better. I love that the character, Carolyn, feels so believable. I know that I would feel the same way if I were just starting out as a teacher dealing with some troubled students, a nasty piece of work for a principal. And, oh!, that secretary or receptionist, whatever she is. Now she is a real winner. She made me hate her right from the moment she walked into the room.Kathleen [...]

    29. Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop begins with Carolyn’s struggles as a teacher. Her boss makes the reader feel that he is somewhat determined to put an end to her career while in the midst of growing classroom violence. Carolyn wishes to see changes and she takes control of what must be done.I did have a few laughs when Miss FBI (Carolyn) meets Mr. Money (Jeep) (as if) Then she shows him her bullet wound to prove that she is working for the FBI. The way she felt for him was really what [...]

    30. Carolyn Jenkins has to face some harsh realities about teaching, her love life, and growing up. Starting out with a classroom incident, a tragically ruined pair of footwear, a crazy cast of colleagues and an un-love interest, Carolyn feels that she might not belong in her life. Then enters "Money". I can't say I liked him at first, but his character seemed to grow on me.Having faced young students as a new teacher, I think the beginning of the book was my worst fears come true! Struggling with t [...]

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