Book Review: Forbidden

Title: Forbidden

Author: Tabitha Suzuma

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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.

My Review: As it turns out, this is actually my second time reading this book. The first time around, I found myself speechless and felt I wasn’t doing the book justice. So here I am, reading and reviewing it for the second time. To see my first review Click Here. My second time around here is what I have to say:

You are probably reading the description disgusted and hoping that tricks are being played on your eyes. Well, as a reader I too was hoping that there was some gimmick or trick and that someone would eventually jump out to tell us that they were really adopted or some similar truth that would allow this beautiful romance to be ok. Because as disgusting as it may be there is something extremely beautiful and heartbreaking about their love. As it turns out this is a book that stays with you, and I have had a tough time getting it out of my head.

Two kids who were left to be the adults- the mom and dad, to fend, to feed, to discipline, to take on every responsibility a parent is responsible for. This terrible neglect their parents inflicted upon them forced them to not only grow up too fast but also find solace in each other. With this role being forced upon them, the lines got blurred for them. It’s not that they ever forgot they were related and brother and sister. But they depended and needed each other the way a husband and wife tend to. I think they played this roles for so long that they began to see each other that way, to love each other a different way.

As crazy as it may seem, there is something absolutely beautiful and poetic about their love. I fell in love with this book and would wish it upon everyone. Although its a tough book to read and as controversial as it may be, it is one book that deserves a chance and should be read.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Forbidden

  1. Props to the author for tackling such a taboo subject in an innovative way. I’m really interested now as to how she handled the ending.

    I’m an only child, so maybe that’s why the plot summary didn’t give me the heebie-jeebies, but that kind of thing has happened a LOT in human history, especially in rural communities and royal families. I think the Ancient Egyptian King Tutenkamun (did I spell that right?) married his sister.

    Anyway, great revieew I’m hooked and following now. 🙂


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