Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

8349244Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Standalone novel
Published: June 28th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Drama (dark)
Rating: 5 stars

You can click on the cover to go to its Goodreads page.

Synopsis: 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 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.

Review

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, which obviously means that I loved it. Yet I feel like saying that “I loved this story” is wrong somehow. Because this is not a happy, fluffy and cute novel. This is an honest, raw and heart wrenching book. So don’t expect to feel happy while reading this. Now on to the actual review!

I was expecting this story to be about Maya and Lochan and while it is for the most part, don’t get me wrong, their family is equally as important. Lochan and Maya take care of their two younger brothers and little sister because their mom, who’s an alcoholic, simply doesn’t care. That’s the first aspect of the story that tugs at your heart: how can someone care so little about her own children? Lochan takes over the parental role while Maya helps out as much as she can while they are both still in high school. The family dynamics of the story are very interesting to read about and I feel like this is part of their story just as much as the romance, if not even more.

As for the main characters themselves, their personalities were both well-developed and very different. Lochan is painfully shy with anyone outside of his family. So much so that he can’t utter a coherent sentence to anyone else and has been handing any oral task for school in as a written one. With his family however, he flourishes. There are just so many sides to his character, which makes him feel even more real. Maya is almost the opposite of Lochan: she is outgoing and social and has friends at school, even though she doesn’t invite them to her home. She’s a very responsible and down-to-earth kind of girl. The way Tabitha Suzuma has created these characters made them feel so very real, like this was not fiction at all.

When Lochan and Maya fall in love, they both know it’s wrong. They know siblings shouldn’t feel the way they do -it’s in the synopsis, so I’m not spoiling you here. But to them, it feels right. I don’t want to say much more about this part of the story because I’m afraid to spoil it, but as the synopsis said: there’s no happy ending for a story like this.

Not only did I give this 5 stars but I also featured in in my Top 10 books of 2014 so far so that shows how much of an impression this story made on me.

PS: I have a sibling too, and the thought of romantic love between siblings freaks me out. But I didn’t feel that way while reading this. As it says: Maya and Lochan don’t really feel like siblings. So don’t hesitate to pick this up!

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