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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Tabitha Suzuma

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

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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (2010)



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I was surprised at how much I was affected by this book, and these characters. I was expecting just another taboo story of incest, but found myself rooting for these characters and their love. I had to keep putting the book down because I was afraid to find out what was going to happen, but had to press on because I NEEDED to know! I was left in tears and heartbroken when I reached the end. This is one I will keep and share with others if I can. Not everyone is down for this type of read. But I highly recommend it. ( )
  Roquetfyre | Mar 26, 2016 |
Just finished this book and now I have no words. Well let's try and let me tell you how I read this book.

Started it and at first I thought it was okay, but then I got bored of all the chapters filled with them liking each other but not giving in to it, or all their arguments. So at 50% of the book I thought shall I quit and pick another book to read? (again geez. has been happening too many times this year!)

So I flicked through the book. (By the way,I did love the characters of the children. They were very real to me.) Then all of a sudden they had sex (Oops! Not the children) and I started to read a bit slower, wondering what would happen to them. Well I did like the ending. it even made me shed a tear, which I think is quite good for a book I rushed through at some parts.

So yes. I now wonder what the author was after. Did she mean that incest when both parties want it, should be okay?

Or was it to show how we all judge and that it might not be as bad as we think?
I can't give it 2 stars cause she did manage to move me in the end. Can't give it 4 stars cause she bored me for nearly half of the book so 3 it will be. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Mar 12, 2016 |
This book was surprisingly emotional.

I thought that I would be grossed out by the story, I mean how could exploring the topic of incest not make anyone feel rather queasy; but it was a tragic heartwarming story.

Lochan and Maya have pretty depressing lives, their absent mother forces them to be the sole caregivers for their 3 younger siblings and daily life is a struggle. Perhaps because of being forced into a father/mother role, Lochan and Maya do the unspeakable - develop romantic feelings for eachother. The whole story revolves around fighting for their love yet trying to supress it as best they could. Unsurprisingly supressing feelings doesn't turn out well.

There are many moral questions the reader is faced with after reading this book. Is it truly the right of law and government to dictate who a person can love and who they cannot? If two people consent, is it still criminal? Many more questions like these bubbled to the surface of my mind and it was bloody uncomfortable to think about. I think that is what makes books like these interesting; taking the reader through a journey exploring a controversial topic (that most people have a very black and white mindset about) and turning the issue into varying shades of grey. Brilliant.

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  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
I have read most of Suzuma's books and I must say she is not afraid to tackle challenging topics - incest in this case. Told from alternating points of view I felt sorry for both Maya and Lochan, and their predicament, but I couldn't get past the fact they were brother and sister. As for the ending, it felt rushed and too contrived for my liking. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
Forbidden takes the reader into the lives of Lochan and Maya Whitely. They are brother and sister and are forced to take care of their little brothers and sister since their father abandoned them and their mother turned into a drunk who lives more with her current boyfriend than anything. Together they raise Kit, Tiffin and little 5-year old Willa, and do their very best to keep their family together despite many challenges. Bills need to be paid, dinner has to be made and the younger children need to be taken care of and all of these tasks fall upon the shoulders of 17-year old Lochan and 16-year old Maya. They always pull each other through and they are more than siblings, they have been best friends since they can remember and have always seen each other as equals. And now, drawn together by circumstances, their loneliness and desolation in their life pushes them even further together… The book is told in alternating POVs between Lochan and Maya. Their feelings of doubt, pain, and passion are so realistic and raw that you can’t help but root for them. Ms. Suzuma picks a taboo subject and turns it into a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. You know when you pick up this book that it’s about a brother and sister falling for each other and you think no, no and again no! but she really manages to make it seem so right and not once did I forget they were brother and sister. Their relationship didn’t feel weird or wrong. She explains it so well and you can’t help it but you have to understand. It’s just amazing how she pulls this off. It makes your heart ache in the end, be warned. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
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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.

But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences ...

'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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