Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Publication date - 27th May 2010 by Definitions
My rating- 5/5 stars
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.
My physical state after finishing this book-
The first thing you need to know about this book is that it revolves around the very dark and controversial theme of incest. If that topic makes you uncomfortable in any way, i suggest to let this one go even though i personally didn't find myself squirming at any point of time; something i was expecting to do a lot in this book.
This book is an emotional roller coaster and when i read the summary on Goodreads and saw so many people rave about this book, i just had to pick it up. The best thing about this book for me was the way the author drew us into the story and made us witness their home life and everyday travails which helped to justify the relationship between Lochan and Maya. Tabitha didn't force their love on us but very effectively made us realise how in their situation it was not only possible but also their only option.
The ending of this book made me wail for two hours straight and i couldn't function properly for a long period of time.Days after having finished this book, i found myself thinking about it which is the beauty of it. The ending of this book was also very realistic because even though their love was unconditonal, they lived in our society where it is against the law. Expecting this book to have a happy ending is like asking your dad to buy you a unicorn. Not possible. But still. THE ENDING GAH! We see ourselves really feeling for the characters which is always a good sign.
This book does contain some mature content so read at your own discretion.
In conclusion i would like to say that if you are planning to read this book, you need to go into it with an open mind. Just sit back and let the story unravel. Set your prejudice aside and hopefully you'll love it as much as i did. =)