Forbidden

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Author: Tabitha Suzuma

Rating: 4/5

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Lochan and Maya always felt like they we’re not siblings. Having irresponsible parents, they were both forced to step up and take care of their younger brothers and sister. Facing a lot of challenges despite of their young ages, they both find the solace they’ve been looking for with each other. At first they tried to stop the feeling of being more than siblings, but in the end they both got so desperate and eventually give in to the desires of their hearts.

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First of all I want to commend Tabitha Suzuma’s guts to write this kind of novel. Forbidden tackles incest the way that the readers have to close their eyes and understands why something so taboo would happen. Don’t get me wrong, I DON’T SUPPORT INCEST, I’m disgusted by it. But in this book it’s different, as a reader I was forced to look beyond the horrendous topic and open my mind not just to pity the characters, but also to welcome them inside my heart so they can wreck it.

To say that I was destroyed by this beautifully written book would be an understatement. I shed tears, I tossed and turned at night, and I can’t keep away from the overwhelming feeling of depression that the book gave me. Because of these, I have fallen in love with the book. No literary work has ever affected me the way Forbidden does to me.  I think that the world needs more stories like this. Stories about delicate topics that will open the minds of people why something like INCEST would happen. I also think that parents, especially those like Lochan’s and Maya’s, should read this kind of book, it will open their minds of how their actions affect their children. This kind of story should not be marketed as a “heart wrenching”one, but it should be somewhere along the lines of understanding something ununderstandable, and being okay with something without supporting it. Families come in all shapes and sizes after all.

Though it is not thoroughly explained, Lochan is suffering from a mental disorder. He can’t talk to other people except his family without feeling terrified. Of all his actions in this book, it never occurred to me that I should blame him. Maybe Maya but never Lochan. Lochan has no one but her, and because of that fact and of their age maybe (being teenagers with raging hormones), he has no choice but to succumb to the temptation. Maybe others would say that he can do better, but I don’t want to acknowledge that fact since he’s mentally unstable.

Maya, on the other hand, is the one whom I put all the blame why her brother ended up the way he is romance wise. There are certain times in the book that it seemed like she’s trying to tempt Lochan. And she’s also the one who’s always ready to do something with their forbidden feelings. There are times that she also tried to stop what she’s feeling but I don’t think that she exerts a lot of effort about containing it.

I wished that this book ends differently, like Maya and Lochan suddenly found out that one of them were adopted. That would totally resolved every issue in the story. But Tabitha Suzuma have another idea, she decided to stick with the topic and made the ending so much darker than the rest of the story. Subconsciously, maybe it occurred to me that a love story like this were not supposed to end with a happy ending, but all I can think about is it’s fiction and if only Suzuma would give the characters an ending they deserve.

Reading Forbidden was a roller coaster of emotions, I was always worried that they would got caught, and when they did, I want nothing but to scream and trash because of all the feelings that the story brought me. A book like this is something that I will never forget. It changed me, and my outlook on other things. It made me appreciate my parents and my situation more. This book is not only about forbidden love but also about the pure love that should exist in every household. I would want to talk more about their parents but I think otherwise because it might result to something that involves a lot of cuss words.

One more thing, I read a review about Forbidden saying that she totally supports the romance going on between the main characters, and that every blame was to put in their parents. That incest is just like homosexuality. On some ways yes they’re alike, but come on, if there’s a sexual relationship going on between two homosexual persons, their only affecting themselves. But on siblings? They might end up with a child, and a child that comes from siblings tend to have a mental disorder called down syndrome. So INCEST is a BIG NO!

This book left me a lot of questions but the one that bothers me the most is WHY WOULD THE SOCIETY CONDEMN PEOPLE LIKE LOCHAN AND MAYA WHEN IT’S SO CLEAR THAT WHAT THEY NEED IS HELP?