Forbidden (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 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.

I had been warned that this book would not be easy, but this was beyond anything I could expect. This book tore my heart apart. Ripped it out. Then tore it some more. It’s devastating, heartbreaking and so so sad. It has been over 2 weeks since I finished it, and I still haven’t managed to write a review…

As you can see from the blurb, this book is not easy, it deals with incest, so from the start you know that this won’t be a book you can easily deal with. I’ll try my best here.


I loved the writing in this book, because it made me feel everything, the love, the hate, the hurt, the conflicting feelings that Maya and Lochan had, EVERYTHING. It took me almost a month to get through this book, but it wasn’t because it wasn’t fantastic, it was because it hurt too much.


I loved these two siblings, especially Lochan. I thought he was such an unique, real and raw representation of a teen boy, who was burdened with everything that he was. I really liked Maya too, and although she shouldered a lot, I still thought that Lochan had gotten the shorter end of the stick. Willa and Tiffin were absolutely adorable little kids, and I could even understand where Kit’s anger was coming from, even if I ended up hating him a little.


I honestly felt wrong for being happy for Lochan and Maya when they were together. So wrong. But it’s kind of an impossible situation. These are 2 young people who had to grow up only leaning on each other, because their parents were rubbish. Seriously, their mom should have ended up in jail for everything she did. It made me kind of understand how their relationship developed and the desperation behind it.

Ultimatly, I really loved and hated this book, the ending made me sob like a crazy person, but it was good, and I honestly couldn’t see a way in which this book could end with any semblance of a happy ending… it just wasn’t any way for that to happen, right?


I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, but I do know that this book is not for everyone. The subject is too strong and a huge taboo, and it’s not an easy read.

So, have you read Forbidden? What did you think of it? Where you ok with the resolution of the book?