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...more
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...more
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.
I find myself utterly captivated by terrible beauty this book possesses.
I was disgusted.I was exploited.I wept...more
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...more
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,...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
“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...more
“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...more
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...more
"How can something so wrong feel so right?"
AND SAD. SO, SO SAD...
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
5+ STARS FOR MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE, MOST HEART WRENCHING, AND UNIQUE YA
At the end of the day, it’s all about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves ~ Maya
I had no idea what to expect when I started to read Forbidden. It is a tragic story of love, an unconventional love, an adult love between teenagers, a brother and sister in love....more
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.
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...more
To give some perspective before I launch into my review, I want to say that this book left me with many of the same feelings that I had after finishing Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Forbidden is just that kind of book to slowly carve out your heart, possess it for a short while, and then hand it back to you right after you finish the final page.
The plot blurb lays it on the table straight: Forbidden is about incest. Now, the only books I can recall reading that dealt with...more
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...more
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...more
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.
My original review posted 12.5.12:
You can close your eye...more
I really don't know how to feel about this book. In some ways it's better than Flowers in the Attic. In oth...more
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...more
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...more
"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...more
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...more
★★★★★★★★★★ 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...more
“You've always been my best friend, my soul mate, and now I've fallen in love with you too. Why is that such a crime?”
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 t...more
Let me get one thing straight. I am not marking this book down because of the subject matter. Yes, incest is disturbing and seems plain unnatural to people like you and me. But I was willing to judge it for the characters.
Did Tabitha Suzuma win me over?
Well, yes and no.
I would have INFINITELY preferred this book if it was in one POV. Maya and Lochan were always so incredibly similar in their narratives that it confused and deeply annoyed me. T...more
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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Forbidden is a very powerful and unnerving novel about a brother and sister who tries to raise their three other siblings and pick up the pieces from their abandoned father and drunken mother.
Lochan and Maya have a hard reality, and are barely making it in their world. With there mother slutting ways and always drunk, they have to be the responsible ones and make sure the kids go to school, feed them, do homework and basically be the parents they so depressi...more
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Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. Ag...more