Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 464
Source: Publisher




Forbidden is an emotionally gripping, gut-wrenching, disturbing, controversial read. A book you will stare at, think about and want to discuss with others. Lochan and Maya are the oldest sibling in a household of five, their mother is mostly absent and their father has completely abandoned them. Their well-educated father divorced his unbearable, alcoholic wife and moved to a different country with promises to see his children. He now has a new family, and has disappeared. Lochan and Maya, have had to mature quickly, and become the parents the household lacked. Thirteen-year-old Kit is one of the biggest challenges for Lochan and Maya, he refuses to be told what to do while Tiffen and Willa are looking for parental figures, and easily accept their new parents. While Lochan and Maya deal with their family life, they remain in school and excel. Lochan is a brilliant student, but completely socially awkward. He does not have the ability to speak in front of his peers; while he attracts the girls- he cannot befriend them. A simple “Hi” is almost impossible. Kit seems to be more effected by Lochan’s issues, embarrassed to have a brother that is teased. Lochan and Maya count on each other, they understand each other, and their feelings towards one another become something more than a brother-sister relationship. They understand that these feelings should not be but they don’t know what to do. As they try to fight the impulses they realize that they are truly in love with each other. They are no longer brother and sister, but best friends and soul mates.




First, I was completely uncomfortable with this novel but it took me by surprise by how much I appreciated Suzuma’s work. This was the first time I felt such emotion for a book that I couldn’t relate to. At times it felt like too much, and I had to put it aside. While my mind kept saying “no, no no” I kept reading. Forbidden draws readers in and tugs at your heart, it leaves readers emotionally depleted. I ached for Lochan and Maya, while I was disgusted by their new found relationship- so were they. I felt that their reactions and thoughts were completely real and raw. I could never get over the fact that they were brother and sister. I couldn’t accept their love for each other. My mind was left reeling. I thought Lochan and Maya deserved more. I felt like they were victims of their love, a love they couldn’t stop. They never asked for these feelings, but they had to figure out what to do with them. Their life went from bad to worse, and it seemed like a downward spiral. This has been my most difficult review to write. I loved the book, but I hated the relationship. It took me a few weeks to write the review. I had to no think about it for awhile, and come back. If you are looking for a challenging read, a read that will take you out of your comfort zone- try this one. Tabitha Suzuma has created an amazing read, that will not be forgotten. A powerful read that shakes you to the core.

9 comments:

  1. My indie bookseller offered me an ARC of this book and I didn't take it because I knew it was about incest. Now that I've read your review, I regret my decision. It sounds like the book is disturbing, but well written.

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  2. I have this but haven't read it yet. It sounds thought provoking and I've read good reviews of it. Thank you for the review!

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  3. I am not sure at all, I just think if would be so very strange. But then I can't really say before I'd try it

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  4. Finally you finished it! Now we are going to talk this one to death - your review hit the topic right on the nail. Great review :)

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  5. I know that I would not be able to read this one. That said, I think you wrote a great review; even tho the subject was clearly a difficult one, you gave such a fair and honest analysis.

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  6. sounds a little too edgy for my taste.

    but that is a great cover, isn't it?

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  7. I couldn't get past the incest, and really even though they were in love, it was only as a result of the damaged wreck of a family they had because of their mother's neglect. The whole thing was tragic, but I also found myself getting bored in some parts as they rehashed all of the their deep feelings over and over again.

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  8. You nailed this one. Seriously, I was so disturbed, and yet ... I just had to keep reading. I kept hoping things would somehow work out.

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  9. I don't know if I could handle this, the emotional disturbances of incest would probably overwhelm me even if it's really well-written and compelling.

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