CC’s Review ~ Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

 

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Type: Standalone
POV: First person – dual
Published: May 27, 2010

 

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5 Stars!! 

 

Lochan and Maya Whitely aren’t your average teens, but rather have assumed the responsibility of de facto parents for their three younger siblings. Being just over a year apart, they have always relied upon each other like best friends and partners. While Lochan is practical and reliable, he is also painfully shy which creates problems for him. Maya is loving, tender and gives Lochan the calm he so desperately needs. Together, they are complimentary in many ways yet their closeness can ruin everything they love.

“I wipe my cheeks and turn my head to look up at him. “We haven’t done anything wrong! How can love like this be called terrible when we’re not hurting anyone?”

With Lochan and Maya their priority has always been to keep everyone together in spite of their mother’s negligence. Surrounded by parental challenges, in addition to their own personal insecurities and high school drama, Lochan and Maya soon discover feelings that complicate their lives. Knowing how they feel for each other adds pressure and they try to fight what feels normal to them; however, it slowly becomes known that such a relationship is forbidden.

“I’m so aroused I can hardly thing. I’ve got to calm down. I’ve got to stay in control. I can’t let this happen.”

Told in dual POV, this exacting and thoughtfully paced plot is riddled with angst due to the unknown and complex character development. Getting into the minds of Lochan and Maya serve to show how heavily their actions impact their hearts. Fearful of losing their family and each other, they are still wiling to fight for what they believe is a universal truth for them. Written in such a manner that allows the topic to be believable, yet isn’t an excuse for their difficult choices, the author balances societal norms with the possibility of an aberration. 

“There are no laws, no boundaries, on feelings. We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want. No one, Maya, no one can ever take that away from us.”

This story is not for the faint hearted because emotions run high to the very end. From the first page, tension mounts while various plot points continue to cast doubts and fears on what is to come. Starting this book, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect other than being extremely nervous about the taboo factor; however, my fears were assuaged due to the author’s skillful prose and highly vulnerable yet likable characters.

Simply put, I loved Lochan and Maya. There were so many moments when I hurt for Lochan and just wanted to insulate him from the world, but I also admired his strength and how he assumed burdens beyond his years. As for Maya, she was the glue that held it all together and I respected how she was able to do it all with grace. Together, Lochan and Maya were at their strongest, as both were willing to make sacrifices. Additionally, their siblings add so much personality and depth by bringing out certain traits within Lochan and Maya. 

Ultimately, there’s no way to truly convey the enormous sense and range of emotionality contained in this book. Though I understand why certain choices were made, I still wonder about the possibilities. This story is beautifully and painfully tragic leaving a lasting impression. Forbidden is about how love can be a true sacrifice but also a gift that forever gives.

 

 

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