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Forbidden (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Tabitha Suzuma

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Title:Forbidden
Authors:Tabitha Suzuma
Info:Simon Pulse (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:audiobooks, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:dark&twisted, YA

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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (2010)

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“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.”

It's been over a year since I read this book and although I feel prepared to now write one, it's still a tough book to review.

Initially, I gave it a three stars. Considering I follow the GR rating system literally and three stars means 'liked it', it was fitting. However, after careful consideration, I gave it four stars because although I didn't 'really like it', it deserves a higher rating.

Before continuing, I would like to say that I highly doubt Ms Suzuma was trying to sell the idea of incest to readers, or even romanticising incest. It's a twisted love story, one of survival and growing up, one that is so believable, it will give you goosebumps.

I went into this book with an open mind. After reading several YA stories where incest is romanticised *coughCityofBonescough*, I gave this one a shot. The blurb clearly states it won't have a happy ending, so if you're going into reading this thinking it will, you're wrong and I suggest you look elsewhere.

Maya and Lochan are best friends, soul mates, the love of each other's lives. They're inseparable and know each better than anyone. They're the epitome of a perfect couple... with a twist.

They're siblings.

Growing up in a dysfunctional home with a mother who could care less, Lochan and Maya rely on each other to look after their younger siblings. They're a tight knit family, and they love each other dearly.

This book ripped me to shreds. I have never cried this much when reading a book (with maybe the exception of My Sister's Keeper) and I felt emotionally drained for days after reading it. So drained, in fact, that it's taken me a year to write a review and even now I can't find the right words.

This is not a book about accepting incest. It's not a book about accepting what life throws at you and going with the flow. It's about two people trying their hardest to survive and depending on each other too much, to the point of falling in love. In today's society, incest is not only illegal but regarded with disgust and horror and I won't lie, I felt horrified and disgusted whilst reading Forbidden. It's a very visual book and Suzuma goes all out with her scenes.

With the way it was written though, you can almost forget they're brother and sister. Suzuma's writing is lyrical and poetic without coming across as pretentious and snooty. She did an incredibly job with portraying life in Lochan's and Maya's household. It comes to the point where you feel so sick and sorry for those poor kids, you just beg for a happy ending.

Newsflash: this shit happens, more often than you realise. When a paternal figure disappears from the picture and children rely on each other too much, it happens. In the UK alone, there have been over a 1000 reported cases of incest in the past two to three years. 95% of these cases, the children were from a highly dysfunctional family and didn't realise what they were doing was wrong. The difference between these kids and Maya and Lochan is that the latter knew what they were doing and knew that it was wrong but didn't know how to stop.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I'm going to say one last thing before leaving. This is a beautifully written story about love and heartbreak. It doesn't have a happy ending and it might tear you to shreds like it did me. It's not a book for everyone's taste, but it's a book I'd recommend to anyone who is willing to be open minded about it. ( )
  Aly_Locatelli | Jan 26, 2015 |
So, I didn't really care for this one. I don't think it's a bad book or anything. And the subject matter wasn't an issue. The writing didn't pull me in, and I didn't find myself draw to or feeling much for any of the characters. For me, what should have been an interesting, engaging read just wasn't. ( )
  Kelly_Mills | Dec 13, 2014 |
Five minutes since I finished this book, I can't let go of it. I have cried and I have screamed and begged. This is probably the first time a book has inspired such a reaction out of me. I feel lost.

This is a harrowing tale about an incest relationship between a brother and sister who have been forced to care for their younger siblings, for their mother is an unreliable alcoholic who spends more time out with her boyfriend, and their father gave up on the family, remarried and forgot his five children.

Having six siblings, possiby more on my unknown father's side, and being the oldest of the lot, I never would have condoned an incest relationship. Ever. But Tabitha Suzama writes Maya and Lochie's story with so much care and devotion that you can't help but want them to be together. You're asked to ignore the taboo side of the relationship and see that these two people love each other. You begin to wonder whether, taboo or not, we should, as a society, allow any kind of relationship between two people over sixteen as long as it is consensual.

Forbidden is a powerful novel, and I will never forget it. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 2014 |
Ever read a book that you knew was going to break your heart? This is one of them. It tells the story of 2 teenagers Lochan and Maya, that grow up in such a bad situation. Mom is a piece-o-crap and dad has remarried and completely taken off. Lochan and Maya are responsible for their 3 younger siblings and the thing is you love both characters.

The author writes this story amazingly. I know what was happening with them was wrong and my heart just broke the whole time. These two characters were just doomed by life. I do not think this book was just about incest-and incest is not the main thing about the story. I can see myself thinking about this book for such a long time. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 and I can't really explain why. It's a book that will weave itself into your heart.

I do NOT believe in book banning in any form, however I do not think I would like my teenage daughter reading this book. It's marketed as young adult. Whoever was the brainchild behind that one probably needs smacked. This is an ADULT book. I never really have censored anything my kids have wanted to read. I mean they are reading so I am happy with that. The emotions and story with this book though are completely adult.
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  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
**No spoilers or rehash.

I'm gonna need some time to process this book...


Ok, it's 5 days and 2 books later and I feel I can now come back and review this. What a strange book. I simultaneously like and dislike it. If I had to choose one word to describe it, I'd choose "riveting". I was glued to the book, though, truth be told, I knew what was coming and my morbid curiosity and I couldn't wait to get there.

I was intrigued by how the author was going to present the ... "unpresentable?" and sell us on it. I'd have to say that overall, I was impressed. It wasn't just a free-for-all, but rather a buildup, a slow simmer if you will. Mainly, the focus was on the siblings’ home life and it stirred a lot of sympathy and emotion in me.

I will say that when the time came, it made me squirm. I knew it was coming, but I still sat there with my mouth hanging open. It’s just so ingrained in me how wrong it is, but it’s interesting that even in my squeamishness, I rooted for them. That’s what this book does. It blurs the line between right and wrong and though you know where you’re firmly planted, it throws you at times.

As much as I enjoyed it, I also had some issues with it. Waaaay too much angst. Waaaay too melodramatic. Lochan, especially, was just too much for me. I found myself skimming through paragraph after paragraph of his despair and woe & bullshit. It was too much for my taste.

Overall, it’s a good book. While the majority of people would be aghast to get it on with their bro or sis, we all know there are people out there that are willing to cross that line. This book is well worth reading if only to see things from a different perspective. That being said, I’d rather scratch my eyes out than get it on with my bro and we weren’t even raised together. Blecch.








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  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
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Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal' teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love.

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'How can something so wrong feel so right?'
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She is pretty and talented, 16 and never been kissed. He is 17, gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. Only one problem, they're brother and sister. 'Forbidden' will take readers on an extraordinary emotional journey.… (more)

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