Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Published May 27th 2010 by Definitions
432 pages | goodreads-badge-add-black-38px
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.

Book Review: 4 stars black

~This review does contain spoilers and sensitive subject matter ~

“As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.”
Forbidden | Tabitha Suzuma

This book isn’t for everybody. I guess in that regard it isn’t really that different from any other book that has ever been written. Not all books are meant to be loved by every reader, because each reader brings something different to the table and sometimes subject matter doesn’t align with the readers beliefs. It is ok if our choice in books differ. Differences are what make the world more interesting and on a much larger scale, change the world. 

Forbidden has been floating around the blog-a-sphere and the youtube-a-sphere for a while now. I was aware about the sensitive subject manner going into it, but I wanted to see why everyone was saying how amazing it was given how you would most likely thing such a book would be received. I have been trying to branch out my reading list, to try new books that make me contemplate larger issues than a love triangle and paranormal entities (not that I still don’t enjoy those books), and this one most definitely does that.

Forbidden focuses on teenage siblings Maya and Lochan who are raising their younger brothers and sister due to the fleeting presence of their alcoholic mother. The story heavily focuses on their relationship as it crosses over several lines, whilst trying to keep their family together under all of the pressures such a situation would bring. 

Suzuma has set up the story incredibly well. Just to get it out of the way, in regards to the incest laden relationship it was written a lot of heart. In all honestly I forgot that they were related, as a reader I didn’t fully comprehend their genetic ties due to how their feelings and thoughts were written about each other. Which gives a gigantic cudo’s to Suzuma’s writing abilities, which are rather mesmerising and quotable. 

All elements of such a situation, or all sides and feelings towards such an occurrence, were embedded in this story. This created a much more detailed story, where you as a reader were able to bond further with this world and see the realism within it. You were able to feel the backlash from an absentee mother and how this affected the older siblings who were desperately trying to keep their family together. Some of the conversations between Lochan and their mother honestly broke my heart. 

The characters were incredibly well developed, and although at times Maya’s perspective blurred with Lochan’s in terms of determining who was actually speaking, I think the actual cohesion of these two minds made for an ever richer and tragic tale. 

The ending is what truly gutted me, and it is something I didn’t even see happening in the realm of all of the possibilities I had conjured up for the finale of this book. I am truly tormented in a sense by this ending, just tragic.

This review was a difficult one to write, because sensitive subject matter does that to you. This review does not discuss my opinions on the subject matter, it discusses my opinion on the story written by Tabitha Suzuma.



3 thoughts on “Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

  1. I read this one a few years ago and remember being touched really deeply by the subject. This one definitely has an icky subject but the author handled it so nicely and effectively and it just ended up really working for me.

    • I agree! I think it was written with such realism and honesty that you didn’t feel as distorted by the subject matter as you could imagine being, but you were definitely destroyed by the ending

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