Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alc ...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
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 ...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
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 i ...more
Lochan and Maya have been forced to grow up too quickly. As the oldest, these two siblings have had to take on the responsibility of raising their three younger siblings. Their drunken, deadbeat mother breezes in and out of ...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
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 ...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 agree ...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
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
I have NO idea who allowed this to get published in the YA genre. It's risky, disturbing, and altogether, a masterpiece. It's not inappropriate just to be obscene; there's a moral behind it. It's so hard to describe. Lochan and Maya are self-aware, trapped in this miserable lifestyle that is so impossible yet I found myself absurdly empathizing with them. A book that tugs on the heart strings, and definitely veered in a direction I wasn't expecting.
The reason I took off half a star is b ...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 yo ...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
"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 eas
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
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.
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 be ...more
I truly enjoyed this book.
It is tragic, painful and beautiful. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND IT. It is a fantastic book, it makes you HURT, it makes you THINK, QUESTION; and I am sure it causes controversies for many people.
I know that is classified as a young-adult book, but despite the fact that the main characters are teenagers I don’t really think that young-adults are the best audience, in fact I believe this book can be better understood, savored and felt if the readers ...more
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It's been a while since I was able to finish a book properly. I've been so busy with work that when I get home, instead of reading, I just go to sleep instead. FORBIDDEN isn't really the type of book that keeps you coming back for more and leaves you with sweet dreams, anyway. It's one of those melodramatic tearjerkers that feels an awful lot like watching a train wreck happen in real time.
The plot of this story could basically be summ ...more
5 stars multiplied by a gazillion more!!!!
I have finished reading the book but not done crying yet...
It ends incredibly painfully and I am writing these sentences in full bloody tears.
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Would I recommend it?
Oh definitely, that was an epic read!
You should read it if you can handle "pain" to the boundaries of “self-torture".
It is heartwrenchingly beautiful and maybe the beauty of it is in its unbearable s ...more
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 ...more
“How can something so wrong feel so right?”
Don’t bring children to the world if you don’t want them, or won't take good care of them!
* For both mothers and fathers.
3.5 stars because I predicted things that would happen along the last 20% of the book.
Buddy read with my fav, Amira! (Click if you want to check out her review).
TRIGGER-WARNING: Abuse (emotional) and incest.
This book has an interesting and heart-breaking topic to discuss "Love between siblings, especially between a ...more
I'm all for books that are different and play with dark themes. However this is not an easy read. It's heartbreaking at times and the themes can throw off plenty of readers. But if you like me, have preference for books in which love is challenged, where the characters have to fight for their love, you have to read this.
This book i ...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 ...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