Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: June 26, 2012
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
My Rating:


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.


He is my only point of reference in this difficult existence, this unstable and frightening world.

This is probably the saddest book I’ve read so far. And the toughest! The entire journey of Lochan and Maya is too heartbreaking. Even before I finished it, I found myself already crying because the events are simply too hard to take.

This book is very powerful and brilliantly done. It does not only narrate a plain love story between two teenager siblings who fell in love due to some family circumstances but it also depicts difficult, heavy, and delicate taboo issues.

Now what I love about this book is that it’s not only intriguing but Tabitha knows exactly how to expertly put the readers’ heart in such turmoil. The romance is deep and moving. And the family drama breaks my heart into pieces. It’s also a story that somehow enlightens the readers about the importance of being able to express and show your love to someone freely and without condition. I love this book. I only wish it doesn’t end that way but still. *tearful*

Rating: 4 Stars


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