Nov 24, 2017

Review | Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Title: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Series: N/A
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Publication: June 28, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★

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 de facto 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. 

Thoughts: I'd been looking forward to reading this for years, but I was a little weary about it because it has such a controversial topic, and I wasn't sure what to expect from it. I had heard good things, from the most part, about it but still wasn't sure.

This story follows two siblings who have cared and raised their three younger siblings after their alcoholic mother fails to do so. Because of the friendship they've formed as a team to give their siblings what they need, they have grown to fall in love with each other. As a reader, I was able to understand how this happened. But as a person who has a sibling, I felt this was really unnatural. Obviously, their circumstances are something I have never experienced, but I did feel a little weird about the whole thing as I was reading it.

I can't say that I didn't enjoy it, because I did. I felt a little uncomfortable with the thought of Lochan and Maya being in love and also being siblings, but other than that, the story was developed well and the struggle they go through is really felt. All in all though, I felt that I expected a little more from the conclusion, and even though I was a tiny bit surprised, I felt like it was predictable nonetheless.

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