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Publisher's Summary

Within hours of giving birth to her sixth child, Mary Kay Letourneau had her baby daughter whisked from her arms. She was then shackled and returned to her jail cell. Just years before, the pretty, personable Seattle schoolteacher was living a life many would envy - she had a handsome husband, four beautiful children, and a beloved following of students. Then she was accused of raping one of her students, and her whole world turned upside down.
Was she a rapist or a victim? How did a 34-year-old married teacher fall in love with one of her sixth grade students? Was it a complete lapse of judgment, or - as she contends - the meeting of two soul mates? Were the two planning on running away together, before police caught them in a parked car? Did the couple have illicit sex in every room of the Letourneau house, as the teenager told the tabloids?
Listen and learn about the case that shocked the world and rocked the headlines - about the lonely life of Mary Kay Letourneau and the young object of her obsession, the boy who fathered two of her children. You may think you know the story of Mary Kay Letourneau - but you don't know the whole story until you've heard If Loving You is Wrong.
Includes interviews with Mary Kay Letourneau.
©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg Olsen
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2 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 12-03-13

Put me out of my misery!

Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Kathleen Godwin?

Yes, I would read another Gregg Olsen book even though he tends to write too much, repeat, and generally tell the temperature of the puddles out front. He really needs to scale down his books. Being paid, like a lawyer, for each word?

Never, ever Kathleen Godwin. She reads with such speed and never-changing monotone, hat I kept adjusting to"slow speed." The pace was then much better the words got slurred. Never again.

Is there someone out there with the job of screening narrators?

What was most disappointing about Gregg Olsen’s story?

Too lengthy. Lots of useless details before the actual story starts. I gave up and erased the annoying "noise."

Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Godwin’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If Loving You Is Wrong?

Probably the first third of the book. It was unnecessary and boring. I knew the basic story and kept wondering if I had the wrong book. I'd go back and read the description and had to convince myself that I had the right story.

Any additional comments?

Nope. Don't recommend.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jerrilynn on 03-22-14

Seriously Disappointing

What disappointed you about If Loving You Is Wrong?

I've never written a review of a book I did not love before. It is my position that on the whole, I can't play football, so I don't judge the players. I can't write a good story, so the same rule applies. This being said, from the title and the description it could be supposed that this book would give perhaps an insight into the minds of the two individuals most involved. At very least interviews of the players, something. This book reads like the most boring fiction novel I have ever encountered. I'm 7.5 hours in and I expect I will only be listening until this review is completed. At 7.5 hours we have not yet heard anything more than Mary Kay is a disorganized, lousy house keeper, her children loved her, and her husband may have been, but might not have been abusive. I think it took me a full 45 seconds to summarize that here. Why it took Olsen 7.5 hours to say I can't begin to guess.

What was most disappointing about Gregg Olsen’s story?

My biggest reason for indulging in true crime novels is to get insight into the psychology involved in atypical behaviors. This was not to be found here. I would have probably found more reading the news clippings of the offense.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I can hardly blame the narrator. She sounds disinterested, but then, the material didn't help.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

None. I had no reaction to any of the characters. Olsen turns them into nameless, faceless individuals with no relatable characteristics.

Any additional comments?

This is my second Gregg Olsen book. The first one I purchased was Abandoned Prayers. When I finish this review I believe I will go remove other's of his from my wish list.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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