I do a lot of book recommendations. You know this if we are friends on Goodreads. I love to read a good book and suggest it to others and hope they like it too. Now a lot of those books are “mainstream books” like Pivot Point, Divergent, Delirium, Anna and the French Kiss, Second Chance Summer. They are books that most, if not all YA readers and book bloggers alike have already read. Now an underappreciated book, that is a little harder to recommend. I mean what is the definition of underappreciated? That is really the key to this post.
Well after giving it some serious thought I kept going back to #11 on my 15 Books related confessions post and I’m going to do the one thing I haven’t really done. I’m going to suggest Tabitha Suzuma’s book Forbidden.
This book is a hard sell. I’m the first to admit that. When I first read the description and saw some of the shelves it is on on Goodreads I was wary. Straight up, the subject is taboo and makes myself and I’m sure many others very squeamish. Because it is a story about a brother and sister that fall in love. Now I’m not talking about a Clueless kind of love where there is no blood relation, I’m talking about biological brother and sister. But with that said, this book is really so much more than that. It was my first Suzuma book(she is a British author and her stuff isn’t readily available in the states) and I was wowed with her ability to tell such a heartbreakingly beautiful story even through the taboo subject of incest. I kid you not my heart was broken for these two kids and the end…OH MY GOODNESS that end!
Like I said, I don’t really like to recommend this book because it takes a lot of guts to read it and it isn’t for everyone. But I really do think it is an amazing story that is wildly underappreciated because of the subject. Suzuma is an awesome story teller and everyone that is adventurous in their reading should pick this up and give it a chance. It was worst it for me.
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