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Forbidden Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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Amazon Exclusive: Stephanie Perkins Reviews Forbidden
Stephanie Perkins is the author of the young adult novel Anna and the French Kiss. The companion book, Lola and the Boy Next Door, will be released September 29, 2011. Read her exclusive guest review of Forbidden:
Tabitha Suzuma has crafted a harrowing, sexy, heart wrenching, and heartbreaking masterwork about one of our last remaining taboos. Lochan and Maya are the oldest children of an alcoholic, absentee mother. The burden of raising their three younger siblings has fallen upon them, and they have been forced to mature into parents. As their friendship is strengthened, and as they become dependent upon one another for survival, their parental relationship develops into a new stage: romantic love.
An alternating first-person narration immerses the reader deep inside the hearts of the characters. Suzuma takes great care to help us understand how such a situation could arise and allows us to be sympathetic for it--even root for it--though we know, just as Lochan and Maya know, that the future of a Happily Ever After is unlikely.
This is a powerful novel about love in all of its forms. About teenagers forced to become adults, and about children forced to acknowledge new parents. Particularly stressful is the second oldest boy, Kit, whose every appearance carries an impending sense of disaster.
Forbidden never let me set it down. It never let me stop worrying. And it never let me stop hoping for the best. --Stephanie Perkins
"The novel’s surprises continue to the very end, and the secondary characters are well developed, including the needy younger siblings, who are shown in all their anger, sweetness, and rebellion. Most of all, though, it’s Lochan’s and Maya’s alternating first-person, present-tense narratives, both tender and heartbreaking, that will stay with readers." — Booklist
"There is nothing about this novel that is easy, but readers who snag the book for the controversy will stick around for the polished writing and compelling character development." --BCCB
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Top Customer Reviews
Lochan and Maya are brother and sister. Their three younger siblings depend on them ever since their dad left them and their mother no longer cares for them. With the pressure of this enormous responsibility, Maya and Lochan turn to each other. They find solace and comfort, but they find so much more than that. They find love. Not just sibling love, but real emotional, physical love. How can they love each other when the rest of the world sees their actions as disgusting and vile?
FORBIDDEN deals with an incredibly controversial subject, and readers should be warned. Lochan and Maya are brother and sister, but they love each other in the way that any normal couple would. The first half of the book doesn't even touch the subject; it sets the scene with depictions of a family falling apart and a set of siblings doing all they can to hold it together. The second half delves into their incestuous relationship and the torrent of emotions and consequences that come along with it.
Though this type of relationship is looked down upon by society, I couldn't help but hope that Maya and Lochan would work out. Their love was deeper than any other I've encountered and it was truly real because of everything they had suffered through together. It was hard to accept the fact that they were related, but also easy at the same time. Their relationship, as you can imagine, pushed boundaries to their breaking points. The emotional side balanced with the physical side. The thoughts of each character were drawn out and talked about comprehensively. They were real people with honest emotions.
This is one of those books that will rip apart your heart and make you question everything you've ever believed in. By the novel's end I was in tears.Read more ›
Lochan and Maya find themselves hard pressed to hide the reality of their mother's care since Social Service is only a knock away from taking their family unity and separating them permanently. A mother, whose only source of gratification is her own pleasure, desperately clinging to the nostalgic semblances of her past beauty and power to attract the wrong type of men. Her children are at the bottom ladder of priority, rather they hinder her pursuits and viewed as a sore source of cash expense. Imbibed and completely lacking of maternal instincts, she strives to break Lochan's spirit at every turn.
Through many intense and dysfunctional hardships, the two siblings Lochan and Maya discover love, however it is a love that neither can approach without fear of reprisals. They discover that "love" knows no boundaries, nor can they stop their hearts from beating for they have fallen in love with each other.
Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden can only be described as mesmerizingly tragic tale of love. She engulfs you with brilliant writing and exudes a profound talent for taking your breath away as you embark in this very highly emotionally charged tale of forbidden love.Read more ›
You will be shocked and horrified at times throughout this book. You will be torn apart by Lochan and Maya's guilt, pain and suffering.
If you don't mind being ripped to shreds by a book, just hoping to come out whole when you get to the last page, then you will LOVE this book. I certainly did!
The subject matter (mature YA or adults ONLY).
I've seen this book referred to as YA (I'm not sure if that's an official genre, or just what people call it because the main characters are teens), but I want to make sure that all of my readers are aware that this book should NOT be read by a younger YA audience. This is a book about incest and there are sexual scenes involved (which, while not exactly explicit, are definitely described in some amount of detail). There are many teens who are probably just not ready for this type of subject matter. Heck, there are adults who are not ready for this type of subject matter. If you read this book, you have to go into it realizing that you are going to be reading a book about incest. Sometimes you will be horrified! If the very thought of this type of subject matter is revolting to you, you probably shouldn't read this book! But, if you can handle the content, then read it - it is an amazing story that will wreck you!
What I LOVED!!:
Maya is a dutiful sister, trying her hardest to be the glue that holds her shattered family together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this novel to be very well written. Suzuma is able to paint a picture in your mind. The characters were very well developed, as well as the conflict and plot. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kay McDowell
Its about siblings who is in love with each other. Maya and Lochan.But its not just an usual story. They have three other siblings too. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Im... in awe. The writing is phenomenal. I never thought I could actually root for the odd taboo couple but Tabitha's story telling was simply enchanting. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Courtney Ann
the way they love each other and how beautifully it's written tore me apart every page reminding me of the only time I was really in love (DEAR GOD NOT WITH A FAMILY MEMBER). Read morePublished 26 days ago by Baron S
Nothing prepared me for this. Heart wrenching and beautiful. The characters are so well rounded and you instantly feel for them.Published 27 days ago by allison mutchler
If you're looking for a titillating story about a taboo subject, this book is absolutely not it. Yes it's fiction, but it's a very believable and very tragic story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P.W. Reader
I've never read a book about incest before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Considering the subject matter, I was surprised how empathetic I felt towards the characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah C.
I just finished this book and tears are streaming down my face right now. It's so sad and beautiful and heartbreaking. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nya Mbock