5 out of 5
A new kind of Romeo and Juliet; this story will open your mind while breaking your heart!
a spoil free brief description:
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya step in to take care of their 3 younger siblings because their mother is an alcoholic who sometimes stays gone for days, leaving all the responsibility on Lochan and Maya. The responsibility and stress they endure forces them mature quickly and become extremely close. They have fallen in love, they know it is wrong but to them it feels so right. A love story so forbidden, how could it possibly have a happy ending.
The writing style of this book was the first thing that caught my attention; Tabitha Suzuma writes in the perspective of both Lochan and Maya. The chapters alternate between the thoughts each character letting you in on the entire story. Suzuma allows you see how they both react to certain circumstances, thus letting you understand Lochan and Maya on a very personal level. Suzuma tells a great story that flows together very beautifully. The story unfolds at a great pace and keeps you craving for more.
My overall opinion:
Let me start off by saying that Forbidden is my favorite book of all time up to date! I was in a bit of a reading rut at the time I started reading this and was looking for something completely different then anything I've ever read before. I honestly never thought I would find myself reading a book regarding incest and enjoying it; but this book took me by storm! It took me on an emotional roller coaster that I will never forgive. At times I would laugh out loud, gasp in shock, scream in anger, cry tears of sadness and even tears of happiness. After I finished it, I was left with this haunting feeling. The ending broke my heart and I could not get it out of my mind, it was extremely shocking. Even thinking about it now as I write this nearly brings me to tears.
I know Incest is a very taboo and controversial subject that many people are quick to be disgusted of but this novel will open your mind and hopefully make you feel a little differently about it. You may not agree with the love Lochan and Maya share but you will understand how and why it happened. Just give this book a chance, I promise you won't regret it!