Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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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 care of their three younger siblings. As de-facto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives and the way they understand each other so completely has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Lochan and Maya have a hard life and are just doing their best to keep their family together and social services away. Their mother, something she has no right to be called, is too busy with men and having a good time. She can't be bothered with things like putting food on the table, helping with homework or taking her two younger children to school. Lochan and Maya have always done everything parents should do for their children, which blurs the lines and contributes to them not seeing each other as brother and sister.

It told from both Lochan and Maya's point of view. Seeing things through both of their eyes you realize how in sync they really are. Lochan is the eldest, but I found Maya to be the more mature of the two. She tries to help him emotionally as well as with everyday tasks. Lochan is extremely shy and doesn't feel comfortable talking to anyone except his family, but especially Maya. While Maya is on her very first date, he start imagining what she's doing, becomes very agitated and confront her when she gets home – what happens changes their already complicated relationship.

This book left my sense of what's right and wrong unhinged. I felt for the characters, which made me feel guilty for any hint of judgement and really messed with my mind. I thought if anyone knew them and what they have to deal with, they wouldn't be able to judge. It's emotionally draining and very well written. Tabitha Suzuma takes her time to set the stage for the story – which in a lot of books tends to be rushed over. The ending isn't really the end in some aspects, it's more of a to be continued or question mark. Not the type of ending I'm use to, but perfect for this story. Any other ending would of felt forced.

2 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I agree! This novel is emotionally draining:( But the end (despite the "break out")was perfect, melancholly yet hopeful. I cannot imagine what a sequel would be about, but I would be overly happy to read more about the characters I so much care for.

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  2. Great review, Petra! This sounds like it would be a really intense read. I can't imagine having a mom like that. :/ Thanks for sharing!

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