r.a. nelson


"blew me away"

-publishers weekly galley talk

"spine chilling"


"gorgeous love story"



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"There is not a name for what I'm feeling. There is no description for it. To call it yearning would be like calling the ocean water. Whatever this thing is, it shoves you inside itself and you can't measure its boundaries because they go too far and you don't have enough time. Or you move toward the boundaries and they move away. There has been an earthquake in my life.”

Teach Me is a powerful debut novel that readers will not be able to put down. From the very first page, Nine speaks in a voice that is at once raw, honest, direct, and unusually eloquent, inviting you inside an experience that fascinates everyone—an affair between teacher and student—and giving a personal answer to the question: How does this happen? R. A. Nelson's strong writing is paired with a story about a love so intense that the person you're with becomes your world, and when you lose that person, you lose your world.


“forbidden and fascinating”
- kirkus

“standout debut...not to be missed”
- voya

“blew me away”
- publishers weekly

galley talk

“tornado of a book”
- teenreads.com best of 2005

“exhilarating and terrifying...nelson's vivid, hypnotic prose never falters”
- horn book newcomer’s pick

“highly recommended”
- booksense fall kid’s picks 2005

- the bulletin of the center for children's books

- bookworm reading advocate

“impeccably drawn”
- avengingsybil.com

“prose on fire”
- curled up with a good kid's book

“first chapter alone is worth the price”
- miami herald

“mouth-hanging-open-catching-flies climax”
- hip librarians bookblog

“raw and dazzling”
- holly black, bestselling author of tithe and valiant

“poetic and majestic...powerful and enchanting...immensely difficult to put down”
- hot lava pelepub reviews

“mania and obsession...snippets of emily dickinson's poetry are included”
- librarianne

“wonderfully eloquent...juicy and cautionary”
- school library journal

“nelson treads new territory”
- booklist

“high-drama...fatal-attraction-like hysteria”
- teenvogue

“a revenge that john waters and stephen king might envy….must-read”
- denver post