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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 c
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Definitions (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.

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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

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,
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
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
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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
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
Aug 18, 2014 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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 o

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 ❤❤
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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
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

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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

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
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 Lo
Jul 02, 2011 Cory rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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
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
Natalie★for the love of TBH!★
★★★★ 4+ "there's no bottom to this pain" stars! Maya and Lochie will forever stay in my heart.

I don´t even know how to start to review this book, *sniff sniff*

I can´t describe the depth of the unbearable pain it left me in, how it shredded 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 that ending Tabitha Suzuma put us
Oh my God...

★★★★★★★★★★ 10 stars!... but...

How can I possible say that I loved this book when it 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 on the verge the moral dilemma of consensual Incest. How to define what is right from wrong? or what is wrong from right? Does it have to be one or the other? How in some cases love can be wrong in front of the eyes of a society that still has
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)
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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Jul 30, 2011 Flannery rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Flannery by: A Lot of GR friends
I was talking to Lyndsey about how it feels to have a brother and the best example I could come up with is this: It feels like that force when you try to put two similar magnetic poles together, but right at that moment when it starts to push away. The love I have for my brother is so strong but he repulses me at the same time. I mean, he’s great as an adult but he is the same kid who once filled his Skeletor action figure with urine and sprayed all 3 of his sisters with it. He is the same broth ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Oh ... goodness gracious. How on earth do I go about reviewing this book? I really don't know. This is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to review.

I'm guessing that if you've heard of this book, you know what it's about. So, let's not stall any longer.

Here's the story:

16-year-old Maya and 17-year-old Lochan are best friends. Soul mates. They're the only ones in the world who understand each other. They love each other, and they want to be together forever.

Oh, and did I mention t
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