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Monday, October 1, 2012

review: sweetest taboo by Eva Marquez

You give me the sweetest taboo That's why I'm in love with you - Sade, Sweetest Taboo

Sweetest Taboo
Isabel Cruz is fifteen when she sets her sights on Tom Stevens, a teacher/coach at her school who is also married and has children. sparks fly and soon, Isabel and Tom engage in a passionate, forbidden affair...
author Eva Marquez's novel deals with a relationship between a student and her teacher. it is edgy, intense and controversial. 
from the get go, i approached this book with trepidation and curiosity at the same time. as my reading progressed, i felt a myriad of emotions ranging from disgust to disbelief, from anger to sympathy. it was only when Isabel turned eighteen that what i was feeling negatively finally gave way to understanding and relief. 
emotions are fragile things but they are also natural and each of us carry them within us the minute we are born until we breathe our last. we are also endowed with an intellect that guides the choices and decisions we make. for Tom and especially for Isabel, displaying their emotions and using their intellect respectively waged a constant battle for supremacy. in the end, love won out but at such a high cost. 
whichever way one looks at it and for whatever reasons there may be, society treats any form of intimacy between minors and adults as scandalous and illegal but it happens and it cannot be simply dismissed. 
i have to admire Ms. Marquez, though, for the courage it took her to zero in on a delicate subject matter and write about it with sensitivity and without mincing words. 
Isabel's story is a cautionary tale and that is the reason why i think this book is a significant contribution to young adult literature.  it looks at us - young and adult readers - directly in the eye and speaks the truth straight to our faces. love just happens in the most unexpected places and between people of different generations. 
what we do with this truth is left for us to ponder on rationally and to choose a course of action that is acceptable and beneficial for everyone involved. 
*The Sweetest Taboo will be released on October 2, 2012. for more information about Eva Marquez and her work, please visit http://sweetesttaboobook.com/ 
my personal rating is:
Sweetest Taboo contains material not suitable for younger readers 13 and below.


Disclosure of Material Connection: i received an eARC from the author. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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