Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
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 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.
This book isn’t for everyone. Some people will not touch it with a ten foot pole. I completely get that, but I’ve always loved to be challenged by books. I think it’s incredible if a author can take a situation that I have a strong opinion about and change my thoughts on it, even if it’s just for a little bit. Tabitha Suzuma has done that in this heartbreaking and powerful book. Forbidden is quite possibly one of the most incredible books I have ever read.
I’m going to try and keep this review as short and straightforward as possible. I could probably go on and on about it, but I’m just going to cut to the chase: Forbidden is about two siblings that fall in love. You know that much, right? What you may not know is that their story is complex. It’s just layer upon layer of emotions. It makes sense that Maya and Lochan are in love. They had to grow up at a very early age and assume responsibilities for their younger siblings. They have been the parents. To me it almost felt natural that other feelings would develop from that. I wanted them to be together. Their situation is taboo and impossible but Tabitha Suzuma does it so well that I yearned for them to find a way to make it work.
This story is dark. It’s not a easy read, but not because of the incest. I found the utter neglect of these children more horrifying. There is also lots of description of Maya and Lochan’s physical relationship. I think the book needed that though. It was very tastefully done and it brought their feelings to life. It made it so much more real. To be honest, it was utterly sexy….as weird that sounds…
Forbidden will be on my favorites of ’11 list. This book is genius. It’s beautiful, and gut wrenching. It’s about love in impossible situations. If you want to be challenged, if you want a book that’s going to leave you breathless, I urge you to read this. It’s extraordinary.