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.
This review is terribly hard for me to write. Forbidden is a book unlike any I have read; in both good and bad ways. I am glad I finally read it but I have to say it is one that I will most likely never read again.
Lochan and Maya are brother and sister but they are more than that. They are parents to their three younger siblings, students trying to make it through school, best friends, and even more than that: they love each other. They know their relationship is doomed from the start but they keep coming back to each other. Their relationship was wrong but even more than that, it was unhealthy. It was almost like they couldn’t function when they were apart. They were very obsessed with each other. It made their relationship even harder to read about.
While it was hard to read about it was almost easy to see why they were together. Their mother was a worthless drunk and they had three children to look after, one of which was an obnoxious 13-year-old. They had to have someone to rely on and with Lochan’s speech issues, Maya was his only friend. I definitely don’t condone their relationship but never having been in their situation, I can’t judge them.
The writing though was absolutely stunning. It’s really why I kept reading even when I was uncomfortable. Tabitha Suzuma has a way with words that will keep you hooked. Her writing was just beautiful.
I am going to include a warning here: there are some explicit scenes in Forbidden. This book is not one I would recommend for young teens.
Overall, if it wasn’t for the subject matter I would have loved Forbidden. I did like it though. There were times when I laughed and times when I cried. It is a very powerful book and one that I think a lot of people will enjoy.