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"Hidden was terrifying, triggering and without a doubt one of the best novels I've read in very long time ... A stunning debut novel."
- LAMBDA Literary Review
- American Library Association
"Hidden" is an easy book to get caught up in. Author Tomas Mournian switches gears by adding a tiniest amount of malevolence to the discomfort of a dozen varied personalities packed in a small area for an unspecified time. This only ratchets up the tension, making "Hidden" a heart-pounder. It's only a book. Those are the words you'll want to remember while reading this pulse-racing novel."
- Washington Blade
"In this bold, heart-wrenching coming-of-age novel, 15-year-old Ahmed confines the truth about his homosexuality to the pages of his notebook. Mournian vividly depicts the toll of Ahmed's sexual repression, "I wasn't just an outsider, I was an outsider among outsiders. Alone."
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Top Customer Reviews
Although the synopsis shows the story focusing around Ahmed, and it does, there are so many more vivid characters that are presented to the reader. Ahmed, or Ben as he is known throughout most of the book, is wrenched out of his "normal" existence and placed into a treatment center for queer teens. His parents have one thought. To get him out of their lives until a "cure" for what he is can be found. When he finally finds the means of escape, he is thrown into an underground world full of people who understand him, even if they don't quite understand themselves. These characters, and their dark pasts, become a sense of introspection for Ben as he navigates his way through his new found "freedom".
Yes, this book is gritty. It's realistic. Reading it was like watching a documentary unfold. I began to believe in the characters between the pages. I rooted for them. I felt for them and wanted to understand them. I wish I could say more, but honestly Hidden is such a complex and masterful piece of work that nothing I say can truly do it justice. To say that this book touched me is an understatement of the deepest kind.Read more ›
I can't remember the last time a novel had me so transfixed; after I bought it, I started, then stopped because I wasn't sure I could handle any more of the story right then. And then I had to read more, and then I stopped, repeated this for several days. Mr. Mournian has created characters you care about and allows you to share the pain and the reality that they experience. The pain, the inability to distinguish between reality and fantasy (not very pleasant fantasy, scarcely better reality), is all too vividly portrayed.
I want to thank the author for writing and eye-opening book that stays with you. Don't let the subject matter put you off; if you care about gay teens. You owe it to yourself and others to read it...and then get involved, whether it's with a project like "It Gets Better" or a more local organization. You'll be glad you did....And then get involved, whether it's with a project like "It Gets Better" or a local organization that tries to promote a safe environment for gay teens.
If this novel doesn't make you think and care, nothing will.
You know that so warn out phrase that starts with, "Once I picked it up," and ends with, "I couldn't put it down?" Yup, that one. Well, get ready to live it! It's been a while since I wanted to read a 380 page novel in less than 32 hours. This is not one of those "time filler" books; it's one of those "just one more chapter, just one more, just one more," reads!
You're going to be introduced to a part of life often neglected; the "Teenager"; complete with hormones, confusions and suspicions. Thomas Mournian actually had me re-living parts of my adolescence. Join Ahmed, J.D., et. Al., as they "escape", "hide", "question", "feel" when they really wish not to. Prepare yourself for a thrill ride; ups, downs, twists, turns - a host of carnival rides for the price of a paperback. The only thing optional about this novel is whether or not you chose to cry!
One final note: Please! PLEASE! Let there be a sequel. I absolutely have to know what happens to Ahmed! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this as a gift. A very problematic and unoriginal story. I expected to read a narrative that really spoke to the challenges of culture and society for gay teens however... Read morePublished 2 days ago by AHG
I have a complicated relationship with this book. It’s about a kid that gets shipped off to a mental hospital to cure his gayness. Read morePublished 18 months ago by sandiegokevin
The book was recommend in my book club. I was disappointed because the story was so specific to a young readership. There were some fairly interesting social and cultural issues. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by James W Fisher
As long as parents can "admit" their GLBT kids to treatment facilities for so-called "reparative therapy" there will be compelling stories to tell. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Phallix
First off let me tell you that I stopped half way through. Perhaps it got better but i couldn't bear reading any further. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by CMp
This book was dark , and depressing to read , I kept on reading thinking there must be some thing interesting coming up in the story but it never happened! Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Fasha
I found this book in my local library and was simply impressed by the cover. I just love how the face of this boy shows you nothing and everything, it's just a great photograph and... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Anna Heer
Reading some of the other reviews that talk about the main character's haze, I'm guessing these aren't people who have been to the edge. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by E.B.d.M. e C.
I purchased this book for my kindle and it was delivered in a timely fashion, as usual. The book itself was not my favorite. It was difficult to read sometimes. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Colleen