As a voice-actor, I wish to dabble in all things related to it, so that means audio-book narration! This was my very first audio-book so in order for me to perform the narration well, I had to get invested into the story and this definitely sucked me in! You'll get no spoilers from me but I'll supply the summary and tell you what I got from this book while reading it.
"Teach Me to Prey" is about a teacher named Rebecca Stewart and how she is emotionally and mentally abused by a few of her students. One of them even tries to make advances on her but through sheer will and dedication to her work, she turns him down and proceeds to graduation day! But it doesn't end there...oh no. One of her tormentors is found murdered and so she's hauled in for questioning...while pregnant. That's all you get from me, hehe!
This was an extremely enlightening read for me as it gave me a glimpse of the drama teachers have to go through all the time...What's worse? The situations that occur in this book are probably just a few examples of what educators have to deal with on a day to day basis. It made me think back to when I was in middle school and how often some of the students would give our teachers a bunch of grief. I will admit that sometimes I had to tell one of the other students to 'shut up' so the teacher could talk because some teachers are just SO nice. Because I was narrating this book, I've had many talks with the author and she's shared some stories with me on how she and other teachers she knew didn't get much respect from not only some students but from the administration. The story really opened my eyes to how underappreciated and devoted teachers are. Many of them put their own money into helping young ones learn! If you ask me, their job is one of the most important professions out there because they help shape young folk's futures. For some, they're like another parent or a really good friend, someone to aspire to or even simply talk to.
I hope that one day, we can give educators the respect, appreciation, and security they deserve!
(Book brushes/stamps used in decorative image at the top were created by the talented Lileya. All credit goes to her for those!)