Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: Sweetest Taboo

Sweetest Taboo By Eva Marquez 
(Novel # 1)

Sweetest Taboo

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart.

This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world.

Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance.

My Opinion

I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down once I started it.
It is all about the FORBIDDEN LOVE, of a teacher and his student. The author does a wonderful job telling the story through Izzy's emotions and thoughts. My only complaint would be, that I would have loved to know more of Tom's side of the story and what he was thinking/feeling.

The book provokes you to think about the age old adage of "Age is Just a Number", or is it? Is there a point when the difference in age is too much? Can you control how your heart feels? Honestly I believe age is only a number, my husband is 5 years my senior. I once dated  a man that was 10 years  my senior (with my parents knowledge), and I was 18 at the time. As long as both people in the relationship are committed and respect  each other there really isn't an issue for me. My biggest problem was that Tom was betraying his wife & family to be with Isabel.

The book also makes you wonder about how often does this type of relationship occur and nobody ever knows about it? 
A quote from the epilogue explains this very well,  
 "These love affairs may end well, or become tragic, but they all share a common theme: when they become public, the shock the world".  
The author also explains in the epilogue that the Teacher/Adult is always "judged guilty of a range of crimes, from sexual molestation to outright rape, sometimes without the benefit of an impartial jury." Where as the "student finds them selves  [...] coddled and treated like victims". 
 But if both parties are aware of what they are doing, aren't they both guilty no matter what their age? Aren't they both victims of their feelings?

About the Author:

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from college, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa with her young daughter.

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I was given a Copy of the book by the Author to Read & Review

1 comment:

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