Prey by Lurlene McDaniel


A teacher is supposed to impart a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. It’s a bit different with Ms. Lori Settles. All the kids are talking about how hot she is–and she is especially interested in Ryan Piccoli. When she starts giving Ryan extra attention, he’s feeling more than happy–at first. He’s used to being the class clown, but really he’s a loner. One day after school, the friendship with Lori Settles goes farther than he ever expected. She’s his teacher. She’s at least twice his age. Intimacy with a teacher is wrong, yet it feels so good in every way. Soon, Lori is making demands and Ryan begins to feel overwhelmed, but Ryan refuses to even admit anything is going on. Something immoral is going on and before too long the choices made will change lives forever.
(from Amazon)


was a thought provoking novel that kept me wondering throughout. In Prey a teacher goes past what she is expected to do and forms a relationship with a student. This is something that is happening in society ever day, but never had I read a book about it. In Prey, the boy is mislead by his teacher into thinking that their relationship is the real deal. Though in reality it's far from it ,and when he begins to realize it he's already in to deep, not being able to come back up for air. I felt sorry for Ryan's character at times ,because of what Lori was trying to pull him into, though he had all the chances in the world to get out in the beginning and never got got out. My favorite character and the gem of the story was Honey, Ryan's best friend. She was the most realistic one and her sections went by the most fast out of Ryan's, Lori's and hers. I eventually came to understand why Ryan did what he did, because he's a teenage boy and they tend to think with their you know what. Lori was a totally different story. She was annoying and needy, never being totally appealing. I sometimes even felt like hitting her of the head for being so demanding.

This story was alluring and a fast paced read, but I had a couple of problems with it. First off, the dialogue between the characters was so unrealistic, flowed terribly ,and sometimes sounded like a 80 year old was saying it instead of a 15 year old boy. Plus, the ending left something to be desired. Since for one Lori should have not been left off so easily. **** spoiler. don't read if you haven't read the book. Also, during the last chapter I couldn't believe what I was reading. It felt like I was back at the beginning. After that, I kind of lost have the respect I had for this book. ******* end of spoiler.

In all, I suggest Prey if your looking for a quick book to read in between books. It's definitely not a must read, though.

Grade: D

( Switching to a grade instead of a number out of 5)


  1. Hmm, the concept sounds awesome! I know this happens a lot in real life and I've never heard of a book with this as the subject. I have to have good endings though so I probably won't read this.

  2. I actually really loved this book. I've been a fan of Lurlene Daniel forever (I went through a stage where I only read sad, depressing books :p) but I see where your coming from about the ending. I wasn't really a fan of it, either.

  3. ive seen this book before, and i considered picking it up to read. it seems like a page turner. its sad that this actually happens, though. good review! since you rated it a D, i think ill pass it upp.

  4. Sounds kind of interesting, but I probably won't check it out after your grade.


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