Author: Tabitha Suzuma
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
“How can something so wrong feel so right?”
I actually read Forbidden back in March and yet, I still think about it periodically, that is the kind of impact that it had on me. This is also the first time that I have tried to write a review of it because there was just so much stuff that I had to think about, process and try to understand. This is one of those YA books that is written in a way that most teens could read, and yet, the subject matter is definately more on the adult side of the scale. It definately breeches the gap between the traditional YA (with 13-16 year olds) and adult fiction – I would probably call it Mature YA (which I think is the classification people are starting to use with books similar to this).
The subject matter, sibling incest, is one of the most controversial that I have encountered in fiction recently and yet, I think that the author handled it in the best way possible. I have to say going into the book, knowing what it was about, I swore up and down that there was no way I was going to enjoy it…but I was sucked in. It was, more than anything else, an exploration of relationships and how they develop. Most of us would agree that a brother and sister falling in love isn’t right, and yet, Lochlan and Maya have gone through events in their lives that most people could probably never contemplate and in all likelihood are more experienced in traumatic events that most adults.
There were so many quotes that I wanted to write down as I was reading this, and I never seemed to have pen/paper handy – so thanks to goodreads and favorite quotes, here are a few that struck me as being pivatol to the book:
“At the end of the day it’s about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.” – to me, this brings up a good question, what is the harm? I know there are likely a variety of responses, but in all truth, what is the harm – yes, its not socially accepted by society – well, neither was interracial marriage and yet now, it is…does this mean that in the future, people might become more accepting and there is truth in the state – who is hurt when people are in the relationship like this…I can’t think of any aside from the direct family should something happen to split the individuals up
“This whole time, my whole life, that harsh, stony path was leading up to this one point. I followed it blindly, stumbling along the way, scraped and weary, without any idea of where it was leading, without ever realizing that with every step I was approaching the light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. And now that I’ve reached it, now that I’m here, I want to catch it in my hand, hold onto it forever to look back on – the point at which my new life really began.”
This is one of those books that got a rare 5 star review from me and I seem to recommend it regularly, but only to people who I think can handle the topic, which I know isn’t everyone. I hope that anyone reading this blog, who opts to read it, will find it a thought-provoking read like I did, and I would love to hear comments on it after you have ;)