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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
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it was amazing
Recommended to Veronica by: those who do not have siblings

I wish i knew how to rate it. Its a rather delicate topic i on a sudden whim ventured into.
Plus points
Even though i hated myself initially for picking a book with such a theme, i couldn't help liking the way Ms Tabitha spun the tale. Honestly I have not seen one single brother being so selflessly taking care of his siblings and doing jobs like cooking, bathing the kids, putting them to sleep, putting up with their tantrums, picking them from school, paying bills and managing an entire household like an adult without a single complaint and not to mention getting straight A's in academics. Albeit this may appear as a fairytale and too stereotypical, it was interesting at least that such ppl exist in books. I could imagine the picture, Lochan was like the father figure in the house and i immediately liked him strictly as a BROTHER.
Its definitely not easy to handle an issue of incest without being too bold and dramatic and I appreciate the way she narrates the emotions and pain endured by Lochan and Maya. Their lives were extremely harsh, they had to face reality and hard facts of life at a very early age and the author has been tactful to base the reasoning of incest on violence and abuse they had endured at the neglect if their parents which i find to some extent relatable even though an attachment formed when they were little. Its understandable how Lochan experiences grief, remorse and pleasure simultaneously during the initial realization that he's in love with his sister. Maya feels only genuine pleasure and is unwilling to lose his love. As far as the ending goes, it was too tragic. But the bitter sweetness makes it beautiful especially when i look at the sacrifice he made for the well being of his siblings, even at the point of death he was thinking of them, i should say that moved me to tears. In my opinion i felt satisfied that the incest would cease.
Quite Overdone
I felt that may be the author took the plot too far. The molodrama of a mother wasting away her life hardly caring for her kids and dumping her responsibilities on her eldest kids was too far fetching. Also that it is unbelievable when teenagers accept a responsibility or rather a big burden without being self centered about their desires. It was like they stepped into their parent's shoes thereby justifying their actions. Suicide is total cowardice.
Minuses
Forbidden was a little suggestive. What with the detailed description of lochan's and maya's feelings emotionally and physically it does explains to the effect incest is okay. It is naturally awkward to even look at a brother-sister relationship(normal) without replaying the embarrassing moments of incestuous aspects given in this book. Incest will always be an insult and endanger good relationship between family members. The ending only served a poetical justice as impure love doesn't conquer anything. I'm totally not okay with word by word details of physical emotions. GROSS.
Strange feeling
Obstinate as i may be in my strictures on incest, some part of me couldn't accept the Lochan's death and for Maya to spend the rest of her life either punishing herself or crying over the useless sacrifice he made.

I think its a sad book
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Quotes Veronica Liked

Tabitha Suzuma
“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?”
Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden

Tabitha Suzuma
“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.”
Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden


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