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Without Looking Back

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  19 reviews
I used to be called Louis Whittaker, he thought to himself. I had a sister called Millie and a brother called Max. I used to live in a big house in Paris. I used to speak French every day. None of this is true anymore...

Louis is a young Parisian with a lot on his plate - his parents are locked in a custody battle over him and his brother and sister, Mum is always working l
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Corgi Childrens
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How do you make a new start when everything you are has to be left behind or hidden away? Could you let go of everything that made you unique in this world or made you—“you”? How do you make a decision knowing whatever you decide your family will get hurt?

Without Looking Back by Tabitha Suzuma tells the story of a family torn apart by divorce, anger, and a bitter custody battle. The children—Max, Louis, and Millie—are caught in the middle. Their father whisks them away from their lives in Paris
"If there is a small voice saying maybe this is not going to work... listen."

Setting:Paris, France and Grasmere, England; 2009

Coverly Love?:No; I can’t stand covers that have clearly photo stopped images on them. If you insist on photo stopping a cover, at least make it look half-convincing.

Plot:Louis Whittaker has a pretty good social life. He’s at the top of his class, he’s an accomplished athlete and an extraordinarily gifted dancer. His home life, however, isn’t that great. His brother Ma
The idea behind this story was a good one. Louis is 12 and from Paris. He has an older brother and younger sister and his parents are currently going through a custody battle. When things don’t turn out the way his dad wants them he takes them away for their last weekend together. However he is acting strange and the Louis especially is worried about missing out on school and his beloved dancing. They eventually make it to England and start doing up a home they believe to be their Dad’s new home ...more
Nina Higson-Sweeney
Suzuma is definitely becoming one of my favourite authors. This is the second book of hers that I have read, and although I preferred the other one a little bit more, I still utterly loved this one. The thing I really like about her books is that she deals with topics that we all know and think about, but barely ever read about - well, in teenage books, anyway. This novel was about a depressed father taking his three children away from France to Paris after he lost the custody battle with his ex ...more
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Helena Ison
This was the second book I've read from Tabitha Suzuma. While I did enjoy it, I didn't quite love it as much as “Forbidden”. I was expecting something a bit more controversial but instead it turned out to be rather tame. “Without Looking Back” is definitely for younger readers. Fortunately, Tabitha's writing is always entertaining no matter what age group it is geared towards.

My heart went out to the children in this story. I couldn’t imagine having to make a decision like they were forced to; a
Tabitha Suzuma
Oct 10, 2008 Tabitha Suzuma added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I used to be called Louis Whittaker, he thought to himself. I had a sister called Millie and a brother called Max. I used to live in a big house in Paris. I used to speak French every day. None of this is true anymore...

Louis is a young Parisian with a lot on his plate - his parents are locked in a custody battle over him and his brother and sister, Mum is always working late and Dad is rarely allowed to visit. But his passion and talent for dancing and his friends at school mean that life in Pa
This was a hard book to rate with stars because I liked it but yet I didn't love it. Usually when that happens I give the books a 3 stars even though they may deserve more then that, but obviously not too much more because I didn't "love" it....

So with that being said, "Without looking back" is about a child custody battle. Three children, Max-the oldest at 14, Louise-the middle child at 12 and Millie-the youngest at 8 live with their mother in Paris and only see their father every other weekend
Without Looking Back follows the story of three French kids Louis (12), Max (14) and Millie (8) who are taken by there father to England, deeming it a "surprise" trip.
This was in fact not the truth. There father had taken the children away from their mother who had won sole custody of them. After settling down their world tumbles apart. The book ends with Millie, Max and the father boarding a plane, with Louis staying behind to go live with his mum.

So I finished this book today, and I am disap
Shannon (leaninglights)
Loved this book, not quite as much as Forbidden, but it was almost 5-star worthy in my opinion. It tells a unique story of three siblings caught up in between two parents in a custody battle and what lengths people will go for love. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the characters. Tabitha is an amazing writer who has great style and flow. I look forward to reading even more of her books. 4.5/5 stars
Nov 03, 2012 Jemma rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A good book, but not was I expected. He in effectly kidnapped them, but the ending has no substance. Rubbish ending but the events on their new life trying to stay hidden until they are rumbled is the best bit

This book.......where to start! It was so addicting I read it in a few hours. It was sooooooo well written. The storyline was so great and I couldn't put it down.
It was very good but at the end it was very sad when he says"go I will be all alright" or wateva but to sum it up it up I loved it
Llegando al epílogo estaba casi gritando "NO." Pero por suerte las cosas terminaron (mas o menos) como quería.
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
This is the second book I've read by this author. I really enjoyed the story.
Lindsey Wallace
Absolutely amazing!! Love the end did not see it coming
TBR Reduce Challenge #19- 2011 (Stefanie)
another engrossing read
such a good book
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Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. Ag
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