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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
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 ›
There is no way I can write a review for Forbidden without just laying it all out there. Some books are just like that. You can't not talk it all out after reading. So sorry, if you don't want to know what happens please turn to another review.
Even now after giving myself time to think over the events in this book I am still very emotional. After reading other reviews I was thinking this was going to be some weird romance. IT IS NOT A ROMANCE. Not in any sense. It is a story of abuse by an alcoholic mother and a dead beat dad. Neglect plain and simple. The oldest son, Lochie, is incredibly smart. His teachers are so impressed with his work and dedication. Lochie is also silent, he doesn't speak in class averts his eyes when spoken to. Panic attacks assail him. Although it is never directly stated I am pretty sure he suffers from extreme anxiety disorder.
Lochie is in charge of his four siblings Maya 16, Kit 13, Tiffin 9 and Willa 5. Mom is a drunk who when she is home really doesn't care. She is trying to recapture her youth after a marriage she never really wanted ends. Her kids aren't her priority and never really had been. She has found a new lover and just wants to forget her old life and start new. I hate this woman. HATE. Her selfishness leaves these children lost and confused. Why would Lochie not have extreme anxiety, just look at the enormity of what he has taken on. He is terrified that what remains of his family will be torn apart if social services ever finds out their mother no longer comes home. These kids are afraid to ask for help for fear of losing each other.
With the help of Maya, Lochie cooks, cleans, does homework, bath time, plays and love his siblings like a parent would.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story moved too slowly and was predictable. Felt like a VC Andrews remix.Published 6 days ago by Chris H.
This book has been on my reading list for a while now, and I just decided that now was the time. I already knew the subject matter, but I'd seen such varying reviews, that I needed... Read morePublished 11 days ago by DCT
I really wanted to like this. I was fascinated by the plot because I had never read a story like this. I read the preview and it felt real. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brian Mathers
Aside from the taboo subject, this book was underwhelming. I found myself yearning for the book to end and found myself skimming the book instead of actually reading it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Tales From A Bookworm
Something hot and razor-sharp burst within me as I finished this book and even as this is being written, I am ugly-crying. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allhailthequeenb
I love the way it's written. The subject may be taboo'd but it's still a really great book.Published 1 month ago by Robert Siller
I really like this book but I think I made a mistake reading it. Don't get me wrong it's a great story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer