Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Goodreads rating: 4.07 out of 5.00 (12, 230+ ratings)
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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.
Review by Chantelle
Sigh, I'm sitting here, (in agony) as I write an essay due in 12 hours, 8 of which I hope will include sleep, and my mood is slowly declining in a manner reminiscent of my frantic yet much-delayed exam cramming a few weeks ago. In fact, it was this naive, melodramatic depression that brought on the crazy desire to read something that would match how black I was feeling (not that logical in hindsight).
Let me set the context: after a day of studying, I decided to read If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin even though I'm absolutely terrible with sad books, but surprisingly, I cried but wasn't destroyed. It gave me a glowing sense of invincibility where I thought, fuck it!, I'm going to read a really sad book because I'm so incredibly tough.
Yeah... more like delusional! Nevertheless, enter: Forbidden. I remember having read the blurb for this taboo baby in early 2012. I'm not sure about you, but my first reaction was OH MY GOODNESS EW EW EW EW EW *closes window* *runs away screaming*.
Call me crazy but there's something about incest that just does not light my fire.
It didn't even make my generous to-read list.
But something about my blinding exam depression made me think I could tackle this one. And let me tell you, I'm glad I did, because it was nothing like I expected, and yet still everything that was promised.
If you want gut-wrenching emotion, a story line that will mess with your mind, and star-crossed lovers, this is the book. If you haven't had a book hangover, this is the book.
Originally when I finished, I shelved it as #amazing, #highschool, #stillshocked, #uncontrollablesobbing, #wtf-ending. And then the next day, I realised I couldn't stop thinking about Lochan and Maya, and certain parts, so I reread it again. #favourites. And then I stalked Tabitha Suzuma, and watched a book trailer for Forbidden that gave me feels and tears just from putting certain quotes to music and realised, yep, #Panaceacandidate. READ THIS! You might love it, hate it, be on the fence, either way, this book should be read because the language is powerful and the subject controversial.
Now for the discussion, things will be spoiled, I wasn't joking when I shelved this as #wtf-ending, proceed ONLY if you have read this book.
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