Sunday, April 7, 2013

Forbidden Review

A shocking, heartbreaking story of taboo romance that’s as compelling as it is controversial.

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 de facto 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 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.

This story.  This story ripped my heart out, stomped on it, then tried to put it back into my chest.

I almost didn't pick this book up.  Taboo would be a nice way of saying what this book really is.  It is dark, painful, cruel and quite frankly brilliantly written.  I am here to tell you now, there is absolutely NO HAPPY ENDING in this novel.  It's about what love really is.  The sacrifices that come from it, the nurture needed to attain it, and sometimes the reality lesson you get from it.

Not everyone is will enjoy this book.  In fact many of you will find it repulsive.  If that is the case, save yourself the bullshit of bitching about what you aren't open enough to understand and go read Romeo and Juliet instead.  This is not for you.

Lochie is a young, terribly shy, yet incredibly strong teenage boy.  He has taken over the father position in his household since his father up and left to make a new family.  His mother is a alcoholic with a strong desire to be a teen again who has no strings attached to anyone but her boyfriend of the week.  Lochie is in a hell he didn't create and has no option but to step up and play parent to 4 younger siblings.

Maya is his younger sister who is essentially the only person Lochie can turn to.  Maya is pretty docile in personality and tends to play peace keeper in the home.  Kit her younger teenage brother is a punk who tests Lochie at every turn.  And the two youngest sibs are very small so she ends up being mom to them.  Essentially the only person who understands what is going on with Lochan is Maya because she is the only one who lives in his world & has to help him raise a family they didn't create.

As  you might imagine, these two become intimately close.  Yes there is sex between them, although much later in the book than you might expect, but the intimacy is more than that.  It is an intimacy that comes from truly knowing the other person you spend your life with.  They are biologically related, but emotionally they are married.  I think people are going to be quick to judge the book based off of incest, and Ms. Suzuma made no excuses for it.  She wrote this book on purpose to show this relationship.  I appreciate that she put it out there and made no apologies for it.

I don't want to give spoilers away, because it pisses me off when it happens to me.  So I will let you read it yourself.  Suffice it to say, that as you might imagine with a book about kids playing house and having to be adults when the adults in the book are too irresponsible to be parents themselves, it does not end well.  It is heartbreaking.  It is cruel.  It is such a painful experience that I know in 50 years I will still remember the story, and I will still mourn it.

Do I recommend this book to others.  Yes.  BUT only if you are open minded enough to handle it. If this is not your thing (and it is completely fine if it isn't) move on.  Don't read a book and complain about it because you can't or won't grasp the love behind it.  

I give this 4.5 lipsticks.  It's a tough read...but so worth it.



  1. Now, I really want to read it! Great review! Love the blog!

    1. Thanks Michele. Yeah this book is an emotional rollercoaster. Happy you love the blog! =)


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