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Forbidden Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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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 defacto 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.
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
"Ms. Suzuma’s ability to dig so deeply into the various layers of human need and desire across several strata—physical, emotional, situational—renders a cringe-worthy premise another human experience to evaluate. The poignant and shocking ending will leave the reader pondering this story long after the final page is turned." --New York Journal of Books
"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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Where this story went filled me with such sadness, to the point that I wanted to disengage with the remaining portion of the book. However, I continued but felt a lack of satisfaction with such a awful outcome. I can say that his book made me read to the detriment of other things in my life. The author describes this family and their life in a very engaging way. Her decision to end the book at the point she did was difficult for me because I needed more of the future. I would recommend reading this book but read the blurb carefully so that you know what you're getting into.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
I am questioning if I will be able to overcome this book hangover. What if I never do! OMG!
Tabitha Suzuma just blew my mind and my heart into the out into the nether-regions of the universe! I am now millions of tiny fragments floating around in the cosmos and I'm not sure how to pull myself back together.
I've been on a TABOO novel binge for the past month. Forbidden has taken the crown for Taboo greatness. This story will tear your heart out!
This book pushed my boundaries, at times it made me feel uncomfortable. But I found myself loving the characters and all of their stories. I felt so much of their own pain and was so angry at how life just didn't seem to ever give them a break. It's packed full of so much, it's too hard to get into anything without giving too much away either. Just...I understand why things went where they did, Do I condone it? ... not so much, but I understand why it did happen the way it did.
In the end I have a broken heart, but that broken heart hurts so good.
WOW! Twisted Elegance is what this story is to me.
I cannot articulate to you in fair terms, just how utterly insane this book is. Forget the taboo subject matter... Okay who am I kidding? You can't forget about that. But underneath that, this is one of the most dark, alluring, beautiful, ugly, & strangely arousing; most tragic love stories I've ever read. And when I say Love, I'm talking about all faces of love. Not just romantic love, but familial, & self love. It's a coming of age story too, just in the most heartbreakingly unexpected way, is it told.
You will utter the one worded question "Why?" so many times while reading this book. And though you are given the answers to your questions, you will still be left asking the same thing. Why?
This is a story that will get beneath your skin. Beneath your very soul. Mess with your mind & have you wondering & second guessing everything you've always held such strong convictions for when it comes to the things that are touched on in this story.
Trust me, you are definitely giving up your comfort zone if you decide to read this. I only urge you to please follow through & finish.
I would HIGHLY recommend this read. It is a standalone novel.
I can't stop crying...
Love is not always as we hope. It's not always what we expect, and it can be found in the most unlikely places...if we are ever lucky enough to experience it.
Maya and Lochan did.
Lochan made the ultimate sacrifice for his sister. Something that only comes from true love.
This book gutted me and as my tears refuse to stop there's one thing I'm certain of...I'll never be able to forget their story.
For had I not, I think I would've put up too much of a wall, a closed-minded nature that would've prevented the absolute astonishing story from seeping straight into my soul. A story of forbidden love that left me terrified with anticipation, anxious with a known unknown, vulnerable in its raw words, and in the end, completely shattered. Amazing
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