Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publish date: May 2010
"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." (from Goodreads)
This book was intense; no doubt about it. The author, Tabitha Suzuma, took a taboo subject and created this intense, passionate story that I could not put down. I would definitely only recommend this for mature readers, as the subject matter is obviously controversial. There are people out there who do not/will not understand why Ms. Suzuma chose to write a book about incest, but Forbidden is about much more than that: the main themes are of love and the importance of family.
Lochan and Maya are essentially the parents in their family of 5. Their mother is frequently absent and an alcoholic on top of that, so they cannot rely on her, plus their father is gone. That dynamic pulled me in from the start and as the story continues, Lochan and Maya get closer and closer until they finally recognize their feelings. This is the kind of novel where you just want to keep reading and reading to find out what happens to them and their families. I liked all of the characters, especially Lochan's teacher, although I wish Ms. Suzuma would have included more about her.
The whole time I was reading, I kept wondering how the book would end. How do you end a story about two siblings who get so close that they fall in love? Well, my friends, the ending does not disappoint. If you are looking for a happy, peppy book, don't read Forbidden, but if you are looking for a great, unlike anything you've read before kind of book, read it!