I’m trying to think of a word besides sweet. Charming? Touching? Uplifting?
Sweet, it turns out, is the best word I can find for Must’ve Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory that combines a coming-of-age story with romance, The Sound of Music and Pride and Prejudice.
A scary plane ride convinces 25-year-old Sylvie O’Rourke to quit her boring job as a newspaper reporter and do something “good” with her life, which leads to becoming an English teacher at St. Matthew’s, a financially strapped Catholic high school. The book title is taken from a song in the Sound of Music, the favorite movie of Sylvie and her two sisters.
Sylvie’s trials as a first-year teacher are entertaining with her witty narration. She becomes friends with Ben, another young teacher, but doesn’t understand why she is snubbed by the attractive fellow English teacher Evan Danes. Trying to figure out who she can trust in the school environment leaves her very confused. Discussions with her students sometimes energize her, while grading papers is deflating.
The relationships that develop between Sylvie and her students as they all try to understand themselves is truly wonderful. Sylvie’s realistic appraisal of herself and her teaching skills are both funny and uplifting.
At times, the interaction between the teachers seemed more suited for young teens than for adults and I had trouble seeing character development in anyone beside Sylvie and a few students. There were also a few times when the story hinted at other developments, but didn’t follow through. There were several times, though, that the story really pulled through with some sweet surprises than made it very worthwhile.
Must’ve Done Something Good is a good read for adults and I would highly recommend it for young adults, who would gain a lot of insight into their teachers. Today the book is selling for only $2.99.

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