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.
Forbidden had been on my TBR shelf for ages – probably from about 2011, if not 2010 – and I finally felt the urge to pick it up when I was looking for fast contemporary books to read. As you’re all probably aware, Forbidden is a story about a brother and a sister who fall in love. It’s a very uncomfortable read, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Not gonna lie, I went into Forbidden wondering if I would ship the incest. I had read and watched a few reviews for this book before reading, and the book has been known to trouble people and to cause conflicting feelings. Thankfully, I didn’t ship anything which meant that I didn’t experience any interal conflict.
Forbidden is such a great book for book clubs and discussions, because everyone has a differing opinion on the story and the characters, particularly the incest aspect which causes controversy and many arguments.
Want my opinion? Well, I think the point of Forbidden was to show that abuse and neglect from a parent can psychologically affect and impair their child or children. I think that the incest in Forbidden between Lochan and Maya came about because the two of them were thrown together to raise their siblings after their father left them and their mother suffered from undiagnosed mental illness(es), resulting in neglect and also abuse. I definitely don’t think that Tabitha Suzuma was trying to say that people should be able to love whoever they like, even their siblings. I think she was pointing out the psychological effects such behaviour can have on children. You can particularly see this with Lochan, who was rather troubled to put it lightly.
Forbidden is a really good book for those reasons, although I didn’t think the writing style was all that great. It was all very average aside from the theme, and I don’t think I will be checking out any of Suzuma’s other works. I would recommend picking up Forbidden if you’re looking for a book that will make you think. If you have already read it then you should leave a comment so we can get a discussion going!