Book Review | Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
I’m pretty sure that I read Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden by accident. With a tag line like, “Sometimes love chooses you”, that was all I needed to know. Or so I thought. Finally the day came when I was ready to begin reading, and I realized I had no idea what Forbidden was about. After reading the back of the book, I was ready to curse myself for not paying closer attention to the subject matter.
Forbidden is the tragic love affair of Lochan and Maya, two teenagers who were forced to grow up faster than any child should ever have to. The eldest of 5 children, Lochan and Maya step into the role of mother and father for their younger siblings. Their father abandoned them years ago and started a new family, and their mother resents her children and spends most nights with her younger boyfriend Dave. When she is at home with her children, she is too drunk to pay any attention to her children.
Lochan and Maya have been each other’s best friend and soul mate ever since they can remember, but their relationship becomes strained when Maya goes on her very first date. They are forced to confront their romantic feelings for one another, knowing that what they want and what is legally allowed are two very separate things. Despite their attempts to stay away from one another, Lochan and Maya give in to their desires, risking their futures for a forbidden love.
We all believe that incest is wrong. It’s sick, it’s twisted, and anyone who participates in such acts is a horrible, disgusting person. Right? Forbidden is a novel that will challenge you, as it challenged me. I don’t think that my position on incest has changed any, but I was shocked to find myself siding with Lochan and Maya, fervently wishing they could find a way to be together. They had already experienced so much pain in their young lives, that they deserved something more.
Forbidden is certainly not for everyone; I’m definitely not sorry that I read it. However, I’d strongly caution young readers with any interest in it to consult a parent before reading it. This is a very mature read marketed as Young Adult. I’m not a fan of censoring, but there are graphic sexual encounters and controversial themes contained within. Parents of teens who would like to read Forbidden should read it before or along with their children and prepare to discus in detail topics such as parental neglect, alcohol abuse, social anxiety, and incest.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*