If&Then Thursdays

Hello my fellow bibliophiles,

Time for another If&Then Thursday!

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format:

“If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”

Here’s my recommendation for this week:


It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 



Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

WHY? These books really don’t have anything similar in terms of the plot, but they are similar in the sense that they both deal with extremely sensitive and controversial subject matter. It Ends With Us [see my review here!]made me an emotional mess and Forbidden [Review here] was equally devastating and uncomfortable, even if I didn’t feel quite as attached to the characters. If you want to read an emotional, dark book that makes you challenge the way you think about controversial subjects, you should read Forbidden. I highly recommend both of these books!

Let me know if you have any recommendations to share!

Check out these other If&Then Thursdays:

Renuka @Past Bedtime Blog |Book Princess Reviews |Darnell @Darnellouis | Darcy’s Book Blog



17 thoughts on “If&Then Thursdays”

  1. Huh. Very intriguing, Alex. I never thought about it in that same way, but you’re right about how it could be interesting to see the whole forbidden love in that aspect. I’ve seen Forbidden a bit around the book world, but I’m so going to have to go read your review now! Very interesting choices!! 😀

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    1. Thanks! They’re not necessarily similar in the premise…but both books made me so uncomfortable to read (in a good way) and gave me lots of conflicting feelings. I personally like books that make me think about a new perspective like that.


  2. Oh this looks like a fun meme! I think I’d like to start doing this! Also, I’ll have to check both those books out! I have yet to read a Colleen Hoover book, but I’ve heard mostly good things about her books. These two seem like tough reads but definitely worth it 🙂

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  3. At times I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to feel when I read Forbidden, because it’s so wrong but so sad too. It definitely shattered my heart as well as It Ends With Us Did too.

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