Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Definitions
Pages: 432
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Dark


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 de-facto 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 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 heart warming 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 each other. The whole story revolves around fighting for their love yet trying to suppress it as best they could. Unsurprisingly suppressing 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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