Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma



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.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published May 27th 2010)

(My Thoughts)      5   STARS!!!!!
The only way I know to begin this review is with a beautiful quote. Tabitha Suzuma
starts her book with:

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” ~Anonymous

I went into this book, probably like everyone else did, seeing only black and white, right or wrong. But after reading Forbidden, I have to say, in some circumstances, you have to see gray. And by that, I don't mean incest is okay. Gray means compassion, understanding, and wisdom to know how deal with a situation correctly. It’s safe to say none of the parents, police, or social services had any of these qualities to see this way. I can see how this situation could happen—Lochan and Maya born in to life they did not choose, but had to deal with the best way they could. Life was against Lochan from the time his mom conceived him, and she never let him forget that. Lochan became a father instead of a brother at the age of 13 when his own father left. And with their mom drinking, and her neglect, Lochan wanted to keep the rest of his family together. Maya, who’s sixteen, became Lochan’s helpmate to share this reasonability since they were the oldest. They became Dad and Mom. I would love to say more on Lochan to give understanding about him, but I don't want to give any spoilers. I will say Lochan’s character was amazing. You can see what an admirable young man he is. The story plot was definitely strong, emotional, and intense. You'll need a large box of Kleenex with this book. Forbidden tore my heart to pieces. Tabitha Suzuma is an awesome author. She took a taboo subject no one wants to think about—let alone talk about, and gave understanding to how it could happen with compassion for the forbidden. This is a definite must read!!         

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I can read this. Sounds horribly depressing and a bit gross. A daring book but I think I better stay away.


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