Monday, May 23, 2011

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But ...They are brother and sister. -Via Goodreads

The Review
When you read the summary of this book, you think you know what you're getting into. You think it's just going to be a love story. When in actuality, it's so much more than that. The story is powerful. You come away with a new perspective, really. It made me think about a lot of things differently. For one, incest. It's illegal in many countries and most states in America. It's also a social taboo. Before reading this book, I didn't understand  how anyone could do such a thing. I don't have any siblings, but still, I just didn't get it. Now, I do. I actually found myself wanting Lochie and Maya to work everything out between themselves and love each other, regardless of everything. I wasn't disappointed. They had many sweet moments that I found myself getting all misty eyed over. I loved Maya and Lochie. Another author that knows how to make their characters real. They dealt with so much and they reacted as real people would, not fantasy land where everything works out in the end. That's not life. Life is hard, cruel, and not fair. But there's always those sweet moments that really make it worth living. 

Lochie and Maya's siblings! Oh, I thought they were so annoying in the beginning! As the story went on, though, that changed and I began to feel fond toward them. I'll repeat, this isn't just a love story, it also shows you how important family is, no matter how dysfunctional or bad things get. We have Willa, the sweet five year old that's intelligent and lovable. Tiffin, nine, is bursting with energy that never seems to run out. Kit, thirteen, is the teenager still struggling with his father leaving and doesn't seem to know how to act. Kit's definitely one of those characters that you really dislike in the beginning, then you get where they're coming from and don't hate them so much anymore. Actually, I think he became my favorite character because I could relate to him so much. I'm a year older, but being a teenager can be so damn confusing sometimes, you know? 

The mother. UGH! I never liked her! In fact, I hate her. She's very simple to sum up: loves alcohol more than her children, tramp, unreasonable. Yup, that's their mother in a nutshell. 

In conclusion, Forbidden is beautiful, controversial, and a must read. It'll make you laugh, sigh, and bawl your eyes out. Make sure you have a box of tissues near...

One more thing: Some scenes are sexually explicit , if this type of thing upsets you in a book, don't read it.



  1. Oh my I was shocked by the premise! I had to back up for a sec! Wow, this sounds really touching though. I've always had the same thoughts as you on incest, and only had a general idea about it too. This sounds like an eye-opener and that's great that the characters feel real. Ugh, the mom doesn't sound great though :/ Amazing review!

  2. It really is an eye-opener. I'm not a very religious person (most of this generation isn't) so I don't really have any strong feelings against it. I guess I never thought about it. Why shouldn't people be able to love who they want if it's not going to harm the people around them? This is going to sound very bad, but if they want to have children and run the risk of birth defects, let them. It's their choice, their life. Hmmm, an incest rant. Never thought I'd have one of those.

  3. When i first heard about this book i thought i'm not even going to pick it up it sounds weird, but after reading the reviews it is getting i'm more than tempted to get it. Really great review! How did you manage to get it? I thought it didn't come out until late june =/ About your incest rant no worries i'm probably going to be the exact way after i read this

  4. I just finished Forbidden. Holy smokes. I feel...broken. I grew so attached to these characters. Not just the two main characters but the three secondary ones as well. I didn't just feel for the characters, I actually felt as if I were there with them being torn to pieces. Even though this novel deals with a taboo subject, I couldn't help but think how right it all felt. You know what I mean? Even though it's wrong, it just felt so, so right. My entire perception of society and life has been flipped by this book.

  5. I agree on everything you just said. It's just so powerful. I think everyone should read it.


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