Monday, March 30, 2015

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Published: May 27, 2010
Publisher: Definitions

Synopsis: 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 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.

Forbidden! Where to start? This novel isn’t like any other novel I have ever read--from the plot to the characters. When I first read the synopsis, to be honest, I was disgusted. My second thought was, interesting, because I have never read anything on incest. Still, this novel is outstanding and that’s what I love about it. 

Reading Forbidden was an emotional roller coaster. Seriously. This novel covers tough topics like family struggle, incest and the consequences that come with it. As a character, I loved Lochan and Maya, especially Lochan because he shouldered many responsibilities in the household. Lochan is an interesting and memorable character with more depth than we get to see from guys in YA books or, dare I say it, in reality. Even though the idea is revolting, you can’t help it but wish happy ending for Lochan and Maya. Truthfully, this novel would break your heart: by the end of the book I was sobbing, and I’ve never cried like this for a novel. You’ll definitely need a box of tissue when you read this book.

Overall, Tabitha’s writing was brilliant and I recommend this book for everyone over the age of 16 and up. (Be warned: There are parts in the novel that aren’t recommended for children to read.)

Rating: 4/5 (Recommend it)

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh, I've seen this around a couple of times and it sounds good, but the synopsis kind of scares me with the whole incest thing. I've been reading alot of screwed up romances lately, though. Maybe I should pick this one up and give it a try. Awesome review!

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