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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  33,254 ratings  ·  6,105 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be “normal” teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a l ...more
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by RHCB Digital (first published January 1st 2010)
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Eugenia i think that even people who hate incest will feel something while reading this book (not just hatred). i mean the story is really hard, it will make…morei think that even people who hate incest will feel something while reading this book (not just hatred). i mean the story is really hard, it will make you think a lot about life and the things we do and say.. reading forbidden really changed my mind (even when i didn't like the main characters as a couple). i don't know, i think that despite you like the love story or not, this book have a lot of other things that makes it worth reading.

sorry for my english i dont know if you understood what i tried to say lol... greeting from argentina(less)
Mel Honestly, I don't know how you might react to this. I am terribly sorry about what happened to you when you were younger. This book is two siblings…moreHonestly, I don't know how you might react to this. I am terribly sorry about what happened to you when you were younger. This book is two siblings who fall in love and I feel like that situation might be entirely different than what you went through. I will say, there is a sex scene at the end of the book, however, it's more of a loving sex scene. I didn't see any abusive topics in their relationship but if you feel like it might be something you can't handle then I would say just don't force it :) (less)

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So... *awkward pause*

How many of you little sisters out there have come to a point in your life when you look at your older brother and think "Yeah, I'd hit that," and not in the punch-you-in-the-arm kind of way?

Raise your hand. No one? Oh - you haven't?! Really? Are you sure?!

Well, maybe it's for the best that you've never thought about your sibling like that. And maybe you wouldn't be interested in this book. Or maybe you still would... Let's see, shall we?

Now, I'm going to be very blunt about

I hate this book!!

I hate,hate,hate it!!

I thought I was prepared.And I was,to deal with a story depicting a forbidden and taboo relationship.


But I was not prepared for this!!

I was NOT prepared to encounter something so pure,so beautiful,so tormented....something so stunning!!

I was not prepared for him.



Hello Readers!!

I find myself utterly captivated by terrible beauty this book possesses.

I was disgusted.I was exploited.I wept
Emily May

After reading recent comments, I feel the need to stress an important point about this book: it is not about accepting incest. It's not a book like Flowers in the Attic or How I Live Now where incest is romanticised. It is a sad story about the danger of dysfunctional families and should never be regarded as another angsty tale of forbidden love, even though the title suggests otherwise.

So, first let me say that this was a very brave book to tackle such a controversial subject matter and the au
Wendy Darling
This is the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love. Lochan and Maya are best friends who have known each other their entire lives and have helped each other and fiercely loved one another through the many brutally painful experiences of growing up.

The thing is, they also happen to be brother and sister, and the unholy mess of the repercussions from their choices looms over this entire story.

No one who picks up a book like this can be unaware of the potential pitfalls. It's all too easy for a

So Wrong It's Right...

Shit. This book was... Shit. I’m at a loss of words, so emotionally drained that I am actually cursing. And I never Curse. Period. So shit.

This book reminds me of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher; not in the story, they are total and complete opposites, but the same feeling afterwards. A hollow in me, at the pit of my stomach, hands shaking and my heart nowhere in sight. It was an Amazing book. Not the kind of amazing where I’m jumping up and down begging you to read it,
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
This is a review I've put off writing for over 3 years now.

It's always hard finding the words for a book I loved so much. I feel like everything that can be said about this book already has been said, and far more eloquently. As verbose I can be sometimes, it's so difficult to find the words to write in favor of a book I truly love.

To put it simply, I will just reiterate what so many other reviewers have said before about it: This book broke me, completely and utterly. In the very worst ways, in
So, About Taboo Subjects in YA Literature
Or: Do Teenagers Really Use the Word “Ensconced”?

Somewhere deep in the world of technical things I don’t really understand, there is an algorithm that persisted in listing Forbidden in almost every shelf of personalised recommendations. Based on my previous reading and shelving habits, it insisted that I should read this book. But I dug my heels in: “Stop trying to make Forbidden happen, Goodreads. It’s Not. Going. To. Happen.” (Because I have a pretty go
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If you are starting this book or are planing to, put this song on your player and have it as a theme song for the book. Believe me. It helps when you get to the crying part :)

First of all I have to tell you that what I am going to write will not please a lot of people.
So don't ag
Aug 18, 2014 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Tina... pass the tissue please...
Rating Clarification 10 stars
Or rather… the highest rating I can ever imagine giving a book

As an avid reader you come across dozens and dozens of books hoping the next one you pick up will either move you to uncontrollable tears, challenge your belief system, take you on an emotional rollercoaster, show you love, make you feel hate, sigh with happiness, leave you with a sense of longing, or simply just close the book when you're done and say to yourseslf "wow, that was absolute perfection." This
This story is forbidden...Their love will have devastating consequences...
“I mean, at the end of the day, what the hell does it matter who I end up with if it can't be you?”

“Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have.”

I dont want to review this book!I just cant!I've only slept three hours today because I HAD TO finish it!I needed to know how it ends and when that moment arrived I cried my eyes out.

Lochie's and Maya's
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“How could something so wrong feel so right?”

This book reduced me to a inconsolable, uncontrollably sobbing, shaking, and wailing WRECK!! My heart is utterly SHATTERED !!!!!! Why? Why?? WHY????

I have no idea how to write anything that describes the depths to which my heart ACHES! Its like a physical pain. The ending of this book was “heart-shattering”. Pure, gut-wrenching, PAIN.

It takes the concept of a “forbidden love” to a whole new level. It does not have a HEA and the end

"How can something so wrong feel so right?"






Forbidden was not an easy story to read.

In fact, reading it was a real struggle at times.

It made my heart ache and my eyes hurt with unshed tears. Until the very end, when the tears eventually did flow freely.

But in the end, it was all worth it, because Forbidden was such a thoughtprovoking, powerful and emotional story and despite all the anguish and heartbreak in it, it's easily one

Marie Lu
The second book this year to make me bawl my eyes out (the first was Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein). I've never seen such a taboo topic like sibling incest handled in such a poignant and heartwrenching way. It's a testament to Ms. Suzuma's skill that I found myself desperately wishing for Maya and Lochan to be together. Simply amazing.
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

At what point do you give up - decide enough is enough? There is only one answer really. Never

This is a story about Forbidden love...

When I say this is about Forbidden love I mean it. I am kinda tired of reading about contemporary "forbidden" stories as I always find a way for the characters to be together, I never feel their love is really that forbidden but this book tells us a story about something really forbidden by the society, by the world we live in... I think this is the book I've bee
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
Monday buddy reading with Rosa,Melissa and Meli :D


This book broke my heart into pieces and I am still trying to recover from this emotionally intense and chocking reading!!!
I struggle for words to describe a book that put me the dilemma of fobidden love between two sibblings....This is one very special book.
It is not a book that will give you the happy ending!

You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.


three stars is indicative of my personal enjoyment of the book, but that does not change the fact that this author has done something extraordinary, and this book should probably be read by most people. let's call this 3 3/4 stars for fun.

why did i read this?? duh, obviously, i wanted to see what kind of writing chops this lady had to think she could write a Y/A book about brother-sister incest. how do you market the taboo to the teen set? this is the same impulse that made me read living dead g
Jul 06, 2011 Nomes rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of daytime "soapies" and melodrama, curious peeps
I am out on my own little limb here in saying I did not care for this book *waves to all my goodreads buds who love it to the max*

It is not the subject matter that irked me but rather the heavy-handed and melodramatic way in which it was handled.

This book, IMO, is the equivalent to a daytime drama* ~ complete with sappy character names (Lochan, Maya, Kit, Tiffin and Willa are the children), over-wrought "true love" sentiments, parental issues of alcoholism, abandonment and abuse, and an oh-my-g
Juliana Zapata
Estoy en shock, estoy impresionada, estoy emocionada, estoy destrozada, tengo todos los sentimientos a flor de piel.

Una historia trágica, triste, desgarradora, increíble. Un libro que se debe leer con la mente muy abierta

Reseña Completa:

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My second time reading this one was no easier than the first, in fact... it may have been more difficult. I would like to say I would never read this again, its too hard, but I know I will. One of my favorite books ever, it’s not an easy read, and it’s not for everyone, but I still stand by this: The most beautiful book I have ever read. LOVE IT! Lochie and Maya are unforgettable characters. This is an incredible and unforgettable story.

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My original review posted 12.5.12:

You can close your eye
Abbi Glines
I don't know how to rate this book so therefore I'm not going to. I can say that it is very well written. The author is incredibly talented. To draw such emotion through an extremely taboo topic takes pure talent. I couldn't do it because I'm just not that good. The children in this story have such a sad but unfortunately real situation. The fact the two eldest of the five kids fall in love does bother me. I couldn't accept it. BUT that doesn't mean it wasn't a heart wrenching story. If you like ...more
Forbidden was a book I thought would be easily forgettable, and I have never been so wrong. Throw out your moral compass and pick up this book

When I read what this story was about I was weirded out beyond belief... Brother and Sister get it on... No thank you, but after reading the reviews I finally put on my big girl panties and bought it. This book is like the show Shameless but with incest... Yeah I know still sounds insane! The character of this book couldn't have been written better. Maya
Jul 02, 2011 Cory rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of VC Andrews and Emo Boys
Recommended to Cory by: Dinjolina
Shelves: galleygrab
EDIT: As of 5/16/2011, I have re-read this book and realized that my four star rating was because of the sex scenes. I still maintain the content of my review, but I do not think this book holds the same value as my other four star books. Anyway, thanks for reading. Also, my spoiler tag comes off because I doubt that I'm really spoiling anything you wouldn't have figured out from the blurb.

I really don't know how to feel about this book. In some ways it's better than Flowers in the Attic. In oth

I read somewhere that Forbidden is to become required reading for high school students somewhere or other in Canada.


Well, in my day, (because I went to high school back when dinosaurs roamed the planet...

... Ok, ok. Granted. I am a spry thing of only 26 but I work in the wedding industry which is a cesspool of embryos who tipe lyk ths and don’t know who the Addams Family are, so you understand my attitude and why I feel like a geriatric after a day at the office).

So, as I was saying befor
Nov 25, 2015 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

! -"there's no bottom to this pain" stars! Maya and Lochie will forever stay in my heart.

I dont even know how to start to review this book, *sobbing like I'm dying*

I cant describe the depth of the unbearable pain it left me in, how FORBIDDEN by TABITHA SUZUMAshredded my soul or how it ripped my heart out of my chest - over and over. It left me a crying mess and at the end I just wanted to crawl up in a fetal position and die in piece. Nothing, and I mean nothing could have been worse then tha
Let's not beat around the bush - the "forbidden" of the title refers to incest. Between teenagers. The taboo that normally results in the immediate knee-jerk horrified reaction. In this way, it reminded me of Lolita - another book meant to disturb the reader, which is the point. And its sadness reminded me of another story of a consensual but doomed love - Brokeback Mountain.
"Yet that’s who we’ve become. Two people in love."
The doomed love between 16-year-old Maya and her 17-year-old brother L
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Wow. Even knowing that this story could not end well, I wasn't expecting it to go the way that it did. Yes, a couple of tears threatened to fall. I dare you to read this book and not feel at least a twinge of emotion at how it all ends. To say that this book is a mind f*ck would be an understatement.

I have a weakness for books which push the boundaries of the norm. Whether it be polygamy, incest, student-teacher relationships, etc. there is something fascinating about getting to see what makes o
Annie Brewer
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So I first read this book about 2 years ago. I was so skeptical on the subject matter. Like I'm sure most people are. However, this book opened my eyes to the wrongness that society teaches us about how we should feel. What we should do, what's right, what's wrong, what's sick and who we should love. God my beliefs were changed, not that I condone incest, like I said in my initial review. But to look before you judge, to place ourselves in other people's shoes. What would we do in that situati
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Incest Stars

"“But its the whole world,” he says in an anguished whisper. “How – how can we make it against the whole world?”


Well it's confirmed incest books are not my jam (I was totally skeeved out even with liking the hero and heroine) but the writing was wonderful as were the characters. This is a well done read that left me uncomfortably wishing things for this family went differently.

"She loves me too much. She loves me too much. I so wanted her love, all of it. I got my wish... and
Love is right, incest is wrong. But can the two exist within the same relationship?

I love books that make me think, and I love books that make me feel. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma made me do both. It's an incredibly powerful story about Lochan and Maya, siblings born only thirteen months apart. Though they are only seventeen and sixteen respectively, they act as the adults of their household: taking care of three younger siblings, managing financial affairs, all on top of completing their school
Tabitha Suzuma
Jul 29, 2010 Tabitha Suzuma added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal' teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love.

But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences . . .

'How can something so wrong feel so right?'

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