on May 27th 2010
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She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.
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.
‘Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have. And this is something I must accept – even if, like acid on metal, it is slowly corroding me inside.’
Forbidden is not only beautifully written but it is incredibly brave – albeit atmospherically dark and sombre, at the core is a story of love, family and strength encasing the heart of this tale with a real sense of beauty. This is a story about finding love in the most unlawful and forbidden of places but what really hits you as a reader is how you start to form a connection to the premise and understand why and how two siblings fall in love in the first place.
This is reminiscent of a modern day Flowers in the Attic but without the scary Grandmother. You know the love is wrong but you understand how it came to be. That is where the author has been so successful… she has taken a taboo subject and made it work by taking the reader outside the box. I appreciate you need to be quite open minded and willing to try this book in the first place but once you start there is no turning back because the writing is superb, and I loved the London location.
I never thought I would see the day when I actually wanted two siblings embroiled in an consensual incestuous love affair to find their happily ever after. Okay, I get it, it sounds insanely fucked up but trust me when I tell you, this is not a book set out to shock, it isn’t seedy or degrading but rather sympathetic in its execution. Tabitha Suzuma has taken the conventional dynamics of true love and presented it in an unconventional way without deeming it any less important.
However, be prepared because by the 80% mark, this story takes a dramatic turn that will rip your heart to shreds and pierce it with a pitchfork for good measure.
Right person, wrong lifetime. Two soul mates ripped apart by world order. Tragic yet empowering, this is one read that will stay with you long after the final page.