Thursday, September 15, 2011

FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma-REVIEW

Lochan and Maya are a great team. They share in the responsibilities around the house to where cooking, cleaning, and caring for their younger siblings is like a well-oiled machine. They have their routine. They support each other. As long as they can keep their mother’s attention long enough to get money from her to pay the bills, usually they are okay.

One wonders if things would have turned out differently for Lochan and Maya if they’d had a proper mother. One that didn’t force them to act as parents to the three younger children. One that, if she had done her job, would have given Lochan and Maya time to be “normal” kids – go out with friends, meet new people, participate in school activities.

But, that isn’t their reality. Lochan’s and Maya’s lives are much more complicated than the typical teen’s. They have fallen in love and can’t tell anyone about it – because they have fallen in love with each other. As their feelings solidify, Lochan and Maya grow more desperate to spend time together, but at the same time, feel terror that someone will find out. They know it is wrong. They know it is illegal. They know it would tear their family apart if their affair were revealed. They know something else, too. They know they can’t stop.

FORBIDDEN is intense. When finished, the reader will be emotionally drained. It is the kind of book that sticks with you for a while. The kind you find yourself thinking about at random times.

Not to compare it with FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC by V.C. Andrews, but…..if you had to stretch it you could definitely say that this is similar in the sense that the brother and sister fall in love. FORBIDDEN just actually has meat – story – quality.

Language Content - None
Violence Content - None
Sexual Content - There is a lot of sexual tension between the two main characters. Some scenes of interaction.  But, the most important thing when it comes to the sexual content in this book is the fact that the two main characters are siblings.


  1. I know what you mean about being emotionally drained. After I finished this book, all I could was stare at the walls without moving nor blinking.

    I still get sad whenever I remember Lochie and Maya... like I am right now. :(

  2. I really loved this book :) and I'm glad you liked it too! Some people criticize the plot (a.k.a. the fact that they´ re siblings and fall in love). Too controversial for them, I guess...

    A wonderful novel, anyway.

  3. i recently read this too. it emotionally DEVASTATED me. At first i thought, "eww gross!" but the author does a good job of explaining how this happened to them... as you said, because of neglect.


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