Teen Book Club

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Andrea F.,    17
Tabitha Suzuma

          Likely to be one of the most controversial books this year, Forbidden bravely takes on possibly one of the last sexual taboos in the Western World: incest. Shy seventeen year old Lochan and outgoing sixteen year old Maya have been virtually raising their three younger siblings for as long as they remember due to an alcoholic mother and an AWOL father. They have been partners together in getting the kids to school, cooking, and making sure Social workers don't find out about their mother. Their one goal in life is to keep their family together but what if their own close relationship threatens their most important role in life? Lochan and Maya have never felt like brother and sister. Always equals, always partners, always best friends until one day that friendship turns into something much more. They know they shouldn't be attracted to each other, they know that this could tear their hard won family apart at the seams, but how can they resist a love that feels so right? Here are some guarantees: You will be disturbed by this book, probably deeply You will cringe, scream at the characters, and probably cry. You will find yourself praying that somehow there was a mixup at the hospital when they were born or that the author simply hasn't revealed that they're step brother and sister or at least they hadn't seen each other until they were 13. No such luck.  Poor Tabitha Suzuma is going to need a whole zipcode for the amount of hate mail she's going to get. But don't bother addressing that envelope before you finish the book. I was prepared to dislike this book, I even wanted to dislike it. But I found it impossible once I finished it. I forgot that Lochan and Maya were brother and sister if they spent any time alone together. They are quite obviously best friends and their romance quickly becomes real and beautiful, not simply two kids screwed up mentally because they had to raise their younger siblings. If that was true then there'd be a lot more incest going on. I still flinched at several of the, shall we say, more romantic scenes and I wanted to put the book down. But I kept reading because I found myself rooting for these two as improbable as that may seem to you, and to myself when I think about it. So yes, this book is worth reading and it is one of the best romances I've read in a long time. You should read it too, just be prepared to be changed at the end of it. 10 out of 10

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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