My Teacher's PASSWORD

By Hannan-Mandel, Marie | Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, Spring 2012 | Go to article overview

My Teacher's PASSWORD


Hannan-Mandel, Marie, Research & Teaching in Developmental Education


My Teacher's PASSWORD LaBate, Jim. (201 1). My Teacher 's PASSWORD. Clifton Park, NY: Mohawk River Press.

Many fictional works have been set in colleges and universities. From Kingsley Am is 's Lucky Jim to the Kate Pansier series of mysteries by Amanda Cross, the mystique of the academe has long held reader's attention. Jim LaBate has joined this oeuvre with his "contemporary novel," My Teacher's PASSWORD. In this novel, LaBate poses the question - much beloved in our current reality television world - what would you do? What would you do if your teacher, whom you have a crush on, accidentally writes her password where you can see it? Tom Sullivan, a junior at a fictional New York college, finds himself in this situation, and what he does with this information is at the heart of this novel.

The author attempts, in an entertaining way, to explore the virtual world in which we, as educators, now operate and how this impacts how relationships are formed and fostered. Tom Sullivan finds himself with his teacher's password and proceeds to make use of this knowledge to intrude where he knows he doesn't belong. His attempts to manipulate the teacher's social life lead to problems which Tom is unable to fix. When he tells someone what he has done... well, let's just say that he's not the only one who knows how to manipulate things.

Written in the first person, through journal entries, Tom's voice is that of a well-educated, middle class young man who uses curses and slang words sparingly. …

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