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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,865 ratings  ·  393 reviews
At seventeen, Mathéo Walsh appears to have it all. He is a champion diver and a hot prospect for the upcoming Olympics. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great friends and is the envy of many around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Random House
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Emily May
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok

There are now three years and over five hundred books between me and my completion of Suzuma's Forbidden. The last three years have seen my reading tastes change a lot; books I used to love often start to pale in comparison to newer treasures who do similar things but do them far better. So I don't know how I would feel if I read Forbidden now but, going on memory alone, I recall liking it a lot. I thought the author was brave to tackle such a controversial and edgy subject. And I thought it
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maybe I'll read it another time :((




Jan 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
No exact date of release for this book???! just 2013???!

I need this book like right NOW!

Ash Wednesday

Only because it was not a 2-star read for me, but the disappointment level was pretty high.

Since this book was heavy on the metaphors of guilt, insanity and loving on the edge of pain I'll start with a metaphor of my own.

Reading this book felt like seeing a beautifully framed photo, in some picturesque place somewhere with two strangers in it and something poetic scribbled artfully in the scene.

But you're still in your house. Wearing your pajamas at 2 in the afternoon. Eating empty ca
Noha Badawi
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

I'm all over the place right now, so this review might not make any sense to you at all

First of all, this is NOT a happy book. It was so consuming, I started crying from chapter 1. No ! No ! From the Prologue.

The way Tabitha Suzuma wrote this story was so beautiful and excellently done. I felt myself falling into the words and being wholly consumed by the emotions and feelings in them. OH MY GOD ! It was a roller coaster. It was like i was experiencing every
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I literally have no idea where to begin with this review nor am I sure I have the words to do it justice. What follows is probably going to be a ramble about what I think since I have read this glorious book.

Hurt is the story of Mattie. Mattie wakes up one day with his room smashed to pieces and no memory of why it is so or why from that day on he no longer feels anything and is so sad he is crying himself to sleep most evenings. On the face of it he has it all. A shot at gold at the Olympics a
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok

The book started out really great, the prologue left me with hundred questions of what happened and when its going to happen. In the first chapters we were introduced to Mathéo's life before the event that-ultimetly-changed-his-life, and at first it was interesting, his relationships with his friends and how others saw him etc., though I found myself bored really fast with all the detailed descriptions of how his house looks like and how many rooms he has, and how Lola looks like when she smiles
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 04, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
One week and counting. Another book is added to the did-not-finish pile. The will to read has left the building. Need intervention, STAT.
Annie Brewer
Okay, I'm still dying here...waiting for this book to come out. I desperately, DESPERATELY need this book! Like seriously, I've been obsessing over it. I. Need. This. Book. I found a badass trailer and holy hell, the intensity. Gah! So, below is the link. Only FOUR weeks and this bitch is in my hands and ruling my life. Can't wait!!!!!!!

If this book is anything like Forbidden(which, from the looks of it, it is I'm sure), I'm screwed, but I don't care. I'm
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Tabitha Suzuma is one of those authors that can break your heart with her books and it'll linger with you even years later when you think of the story. She did that to me with Forbidden (which is currently sitting on my favourites shelf), and I'm pretty sure she's just done it again with Hurt (although not quite in the same way).

This isn't the easiest book to review, because I need to do it without spoilers. Not just because it would be horrible of me to spoil a book for someone, but because the
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-bests
Intense is too feeble a word to describe this book. RAW would be better.

"Forbidden" already amazed and distressed me deeply. It's one book staying with me, even months after reading. Well "Hurt" didn't disappoint me in the least.

Tabitha Suzuma's writing is raw, intense, open, gripping, haert wrenching, I could go on and on... Her characters are deep, emotional, in the throes of tragedy. Each time I deeply connect with them, experience their feelings and it's exhausting.

I read Hurt in one sitting
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's not much I can say about this book without giving away too much, just that the title is perfect. Is better if you start reading it without reading reviews, or details, but know that your heart will end up broken and you will cry.
I admit that at first, I wasn't really into the story, but I ended up devouring it, I didn't sleep last night because I wanted to know how it ended.
I recommend it, please read it knowing it addresses difficult and sad subjects, but that are important t
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tabitha Suzuma tends to gravitate toward taboo and sensitive subject matter. Often heart-breaking and hauntingly sad, her stories aren't always the easiest to take in. When I finished reading Forbidden, I remember crying myself to sleep and then feeling down and empty for the next several days. I felt that way with Hurt too, however I have to agree with the growing consensus that Forbidden is the better novel. That said, I think Hurt is beautifully written. Lots of pretty words it's like reading ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Reflecting on this since the weekend I finished it, I have to admit it doesn't deserve the full load of stars I first gave it. There's something about reading angsty, life-gone-wrong fiction that deprives you of an HEA that sometimes blinds you to the flaws in the narration and side characters, which is the case with Hurt. There's some great character development and I really liked Matheo and Lola's relationship at the start of the timeline, but at the same time a lot of unnecessary melodrama an ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underrated-books
The author CLEARLY had her reasons -not to mention hurtful and painful ones- choosing such a title. This book is wonderful, beautiful and extremely painful.

P.S: remind me to never read anything by Tabitha Suzuma ever again, because i can't remember the last time i cried that hard while reading a book.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everything has a price no matter what it is
Tabitha is a dangerous writer ;you won't close the book and just go and live your life like before started reading ;actually this story is not easy to read ,for it will touch a nerve inside your life and make you feel something deep something hurting

Shall we take a look at the characters?
we have Mathèo who has a beautiful name ;) but had a misery inner conflict inside his own mind Mathèo loves Lola like so much I wonder where is he going to leave he
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, tbd-buddy-read
I found this style of writing to be over-indulgent on the author's part, keeping me at arm's length from the story, never really allowing me to connect with any of the characters, including the MC, Matt.

The writing is overly detailed, descriptive and filled with so many metaphors that I constantly found myself skimming and losing interest in the plot. Many interactions between characters and recurring events in the book felt contrived, purposefully trying to manipulate an emotional reaction fro
Holy hell I devoured this in one sitting. Just sat and read this for 4 hours straight. Most powerful book I've read on this subject by far. Tabitha Suzuma is now one of my favorite authors. She knows how to write and fully express the emotions and turmoil of characters. And handle these very sensitive, prevalent, and overlooked real life subjects. This book deals with an issue that is horribly overlooked not just in books but in society. This book can be a powerful eyeopener to a lot of people.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Tabitha Suzuma has an affinity for tragedies. It's understandable. Tragedies are exciting, and people are drawn to them.

There's so few writers like her. And it makes me wish she wrote so many more stories that others could indefinitely read. I can testify that her style and flair have the capability of drawing out saturated emotion from a reader without being sensationalised.

There's a mainstream fetish for abused characters, with "dark" pasts, or "violent" tendencies that leave me feeling apath
Having read and enjoyed the powerful, heartbreaking and controversial Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma last year, I was looking forward to trying out some more of her works. I decided upon this, her newest book, after reading numerous good reviews about it over the past few months. All I can say is, wow! Although very different from 'Forbidden', Hurt is just as compelling, just as heartbreaking and just as well written as its predecessor. It isn't an easy read by any means due to its own difficult su ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angst
I've gone over and over how to even go about reviewing this book and the words have escaped me.

I went in blind and I wasn't sure what to expect when I started Hurt. I ran through several scenarios in my head after reading the first chapter, thinking I had it all figured out. I was wrong.

The first half of the book the author leaves small truths in words and phrases casually left behind, that at first seem unimportant, easy clues that can be applied to all sorts of scenarios. Later after I was fi
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Finally have this book to read, after all the waiting and wanting, but I know it's gonna break my heart *lip-wibbles* ...
Thomas Khoo
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
According to my calendar, 1205 days ago, I finished reading Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden. It feels like last night; I can still remember as clearly as ever finishing the last page, having steadily read for most of the day when I received the book in the mail, and well into the early hours of the following day. At the time, I didn’t think it possible to feel, after reading a novel, any more anguish, any more pain or any more sheer desperation for things to be somehow different. I remember sitting ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
I was so, do disappointed in this book. At 42% I almost dnf'ed, but wanting to know Mathéo's 'big secret' is what kept me going.

I don't know what happened in this book to make me dislike it so much, but it really just didn't work for me. Earlier this year I read Forbidden and it was one of my favourite reads, ever. So, automatically I thought to myself that as Tabitha Suzuma was writing something new, I would love it. That was my first mistake. These books are worlds apart and should not be comp
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I’m struggling to separate HURT from her FORBIDDEN, but it’s hard especially since a good bulk of this felt similar, yet sadly, not once as "big" in impact the latter. It’s a shadow of the first, I suppose. There’s also a touchy subject that I wasn’t quite sure I wanted revealed, yet it’s a reveal that had me thinking so many things: Did he do it? He did what? Was it bad? Then feeling like it was probably something bad… or not because I just wasn’t sure. Eventually, I’d switch to my more a more ...more
Sarah Churchill
EDIT 5/8/13: Full video review

I received an advance copy of this book for review thanks to Goodreads First Reads, and read it in 2 days, finishing just seconds ago.

I almost don't know what to say, or certainly where to start. So, until I get my thoughts together coherently enough to film a video review, I will just say that this is one of - if not THE - most powerful books I have ever read. I honestly didn't know where it was going, but then when it got there the rug
Beáta Fox
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was great, you should read it.
Wait, why it is so underrated? I think that people wouldn't notice good written book even if it slapped them with pages.
Wow. Just the beautiful cover makes me want to read this book, and it sounds amazing...I am just terryfied it will have a heartbreaking end....i smell tragedy...

You can now read the prolouge on the author's website...
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On the cover we see Mattheo with his head lowered as if he were in his thoughts. A catchphrase summarizes the book I find: "Matthéo loves Lola, but the terrible secret he keeps can destroy everything forever"

It all starts when Matthéo loses his memory, but he has his body filled with wounds. He will remember what happened and when the author reveals that it happened and why, I fell naked. In the end I did not expect that.

A moving book read almost in one go. We find the feather of Tabitha Suzuma
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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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