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Hurt Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782300201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782300205
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"it was better than I ever thought it could be! I will definitely be recommending this to friends!" (Young reviewer on Guardian Children's Books)

"Hurt is a emotionally draining rollercoaster with amazing characters, shocking revelations, a beautiful love story and a phenomenal and heart-stopping ending . . . a thrilling masterpiece that will leave you breathless." (The Reader Lines blog)

"This book is so intense it almost hurts to read . . . It has a genuine feel of Sylvia Plath's mental health classic The Bell Jar." (Jill Murphy, The Bookbag)

"I was blown away by the emotion in Tabitha Suzuma’s writing." (So Many Books, So Little Time)

"A turbulent and affecting read that will linger long in the minds and imaginations of readers." (Jake Hope, Droplets of Ink)

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A new thrilling, emotional novel for teenagers from award-winning author, Tabitha Suzuma.

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I had no idea what to Hurt was about before I started reading it but it definitely wasn't what I was expecting. Hurt is the story of Matheo Walsh, Britain's top teen diver, who wins competition after competition and is on track to compete in the Olympics in Rio. Matheo's pretty happy with life - he's in love with a great girl and a very successful diver; his pushy, rich parents don't make things easy but he's learn to deal with that. The weekend of the National Diving Championship changes everything. Matheo wakes up after becoming Britain's top diver in his bedroom which has been well and truly trashed, his clothes are torn and there's blood on his clothes. He can't remember what exactly happened to him but he knows it wasn't anything good. From that day forward, Matheo's life has changed forever and he struggles with the weight of his secret. Unsure whether or not to tell those that he loves, Matheo starts to act strangely, unable to keep up the facade that everything is okay. What happened to him has ruined his life and if he doesn't tell anyone then he's going to crazy, but if he does, he could ruin Lola's life too. Dilemma.

The first 50 pages and the last 50 pages of 'Hurt' are brilliant. There's a lot of things going on, a lot of mystery and intrigue and I ploughed through these pages like nobody's business. The middle three hundred pages weren't quite as interesting as I would've liked. I was incredibly confused during a lot of passages as we are kept in the dark about Matheo's secret and there really isn't any indication as to what has befallen him. This was incredibly frustrating as Mattie's routine of acting out and then apologising didn't feel like a build up, but a sort of endless repetition.
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I was so lucky to win 'Hurt' by Tabitha Suzuma in a Goodreads giveaway and to say I was excited would probably be the understatement of the century. I've never read anything by this author before although 'Hurt' had been on my to-read shelf for a long time- mainly due to the beautiful front cover.

Without giving too much away, Mathéo is the troubled protagonist who knows something terrible happened to him after a diving competition but he can't remember what. He slowly becomes more and more distant to his friends and family- lashing out to those who love him most. As the story progresses he realise he has to make a choice between his girlfriend, Lola, or telling the truth about what happened that night.

There were lots of thing I really loved about the book. Matt's little brother Loïc was my favourite character. He was only eight and yet he was the first person to guess there was something wrong with his big brother. He also provided some innocence in what would otherwise be a very dark book.

The plot twists in this book were incredible. I frequently found my mouth hanging open and myself exclaiming 'Tabitha how could you do this to me?!' Bare in mind I don't know Tabitha Suzuma so talking to her like an old friend was probably a little odd but not as weird as me talking to the book like she could somehow hear me though it. My sister looked at me with genuine worry and explained that I was holding a book not a telephone.

And the ending... oh golly the ending was superb. I finished the book at three in the morning (once I got into the story I HAD to find out what happened) and when I had finished it had a little cry... or a big cry... Don't tell anyone...
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I received a pre-release copy of Hurt in return for an honest review. It arrived on the weekend, and I read it in just a couple of days.

This is a YA contemporary novel from British author Tabitha Suzuma, who I admit I hadn't come across before, though now I've discovered that she's known for her powerful and touching works of fiction. If I'd known that before hand, maybe I would have been more prepared for this!

I'm finding it really hard to describe the experience of reading this book and do it any justice. I've tried telling my friends about it, but just end up falling over my words because it's one of those stories that has you thinking about it for days afterwards. But, I'll do my best to be coherent!

There will be No Spoilers in this review, because even the smallest one will destroy the experience of reading it. If you're interested in reading it, PLEASE avoid any spoilers if you can.

I'll start with a brief outline of the plot. 17 year old Matheo is Britain's most promising diving champion, tipped to win gold at the Olympics the following year. He trains hard, does well at school, has a close group of friends and a girlfriend, Lola, with whom he's deeply in love. He lives a privileged life, the future looks rosy and every thing's great.

Then, one weekend he travels with his team-mates to a competition and his world starts to fall apart. He doesn't remember what happened exactly, but he knows it was devastating, he can't enjoy anything any more, doesn't even want to continue diving.

This is set up in the prologue, where Matheo wakes up in his trashed bedroom bruised and bleeding. Then we go back in time to the events before that weekend, through to his memory returning and the consequences of that.
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