The name on the screen was “Absinthe.”
I knew her as the sultry voice blowing up my phone for late night chats about Proust and Hemingway interspersed between the best phone sex I never knew I could have.
We’d never met.
Until the day she walked into my office, her cherry lips wrapped around a candy apple sucker and an all too familiar voice that said, “They said you wanted to see me, Principal Hawthorne?”
n o u n
and formerly forbidden
. . . until now.
This is Taboo. This is so wrong it’s right. And oh my god did I enjoy this forbidden love story. I was a bit unsure when I read the blurb. A high school student and a professor? I don’t know. . . but now I do know. And. Holy. Shit.
Absinthe is the story about a young girl and a man who meet each other online, creating an unbreakable bond. Halston have had it rough. She grew up in an unstable family environment and it has made her strong. She’s now living with her Uncle and his family. Halston is a bit older and wiser than the other students in her grade.
Ford is new to town. He’s the new principal at the high school Halston attends. They both meet on a dating app, Karma. Both having no idea who the other person is and only knowing each other by their usernames, Absinthe and Kerouac. This dating app let’s their users have complete anonymity. Only till you reach an amount of points do you get to see their profile pic, email adress and phone number.
When Absinthe and Kerouac start chatting there’s instant sparks. They’re so different yet so much alike. They build a unique friendship, sharing and caring about each other, still not knowing who the other person really is. But the moment they find out about who they’re really chatting with, things get interesting.
They can’t be together, it’s against the rules, it’s not right, but yet they find it hard to let each other go. They’ve become so attached through their constant chatting and talking on the phone that it is impossible to ignore the obvious connection they have with each other. I loved the pace of the story, it wasn’t slow and neither was it too fast. This is the real kind of taboo. If you love forbidden lovers books, this one is for you.