The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas was a book I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. In fact, I found I could not put it down. Gracie is your average mother of two living with her husband in upstate New York with all the stresses of any average family. Except that Gracie isn’t really your average woman who deals with the stresses of life in normal ways. Gracie is a con artist who turns to cons to handle and solve the stresses of life. The story flips back and forth between the current stresses and cons Gracie finds herself involved in and her past where we learn how she learned to be a con artist and why she uses cons as her way of coping.
I found the story to be quick reading and entertaining. There were a few things that I felt were a bit rushed and some details left out that I think would have made more sense as to some of Gracie’s actions.
Gracie is a very complicated character. Some people might not like her at all but I found her totally fascinating. I found her cons fun to read about and I loved getting a behind the scenes look at how a con artist works and thinks. Gracie has done some truly awful things but I found myself rooting for her and hoping she could find happiness. I think Gracie was the reason I could not put the book down. She sucked me into the story.
My copy of The Drama Teacher was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!