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Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan tell, in their separate voices, of their confusion and longing as they fall in love with one another after years of functioning as parents to three younger siblings due to their alcoholic mother's neglect.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2011.
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781442419957
Branch Call Number: SUZ
Characteristics: 454 p.


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Sep 14, 2018

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma was a unique book that had an uncommon storyline. Incest is a subject that not many people dare to go near, so cheers to Suzuma for having the courage to write about this topic. On the other hand, I felt that Suzuma’s writing style was not convincing enough for me. Since the main characters were siblings and in a physical relationship, the feeling I should have felt would’ve been forbiddance. But for some reason I didn’t feel that, and I also didn’t start rooting for the characters despite their crime. When writing a forbidden story, the author’s usual goal is to make the reader feel so much emotion and attachment towards the characters that the reader starts to root for the characters despite what they are doing. I felt that Suzuma didn’t check that part off of my list, which is deeply disappointing, because when it comes to these types of books, that’s a major factor. Overall, I felt the story could have been more convincing and written better, but other than that, it was a good book. I would give this book a 1/5 star rating and recommend it to ages 15 and up.
@ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Aug 24, 2018

This book is bloated and required a much more heavy handed editor ... it would have been a much more succinct and readable story, had it clocked in at 250 pages. I found myself skimming through large chunks.

Aug 27, 2017

Tabitha Suzma did a fine job writing this book. I had fallen in love with the main characters Maya and Lochan. Albeit there is no exception for this love as I believe it is wrong, I still continued to read and tried to be sympathetic towards them. Up until where the tragedy occurred. I think this type of conclusion was unnecessary, or you could 've concluded it differently. Lochan did not seem like a character that would commit suicide. What's the message or motive behind it? The only one I'm getting is that their love was wrong, incest is wrong. Perhaps their story would have to come to an end, but I really think that suicide wasn't the perfect way to end it. - Lyla, age 12

Cynthia_N Apr 28, 2016

I did not get past 100 pages in this book. The characters were not interesting to me.

Oct 25, 2015

Forbidden is a impeccably beautiful story of a romantic tragedy for siblings Maya and Lochan. Its realistic characters and fresh perspective keeps me coming back for another read. I love love love this book and highly recommend it. When people hear 'incest' when this book is described, they make a face and don't agree they'd find it a good read. But I promise you will understand and find these kids' confusion and desperate need to validate their love heart wrenching.

Aug 07, 2015

Love this book. Very interesting perspective. Not the usual romance and tragedy.

I loved this book. Quite frankly, I cried. This book tells the enthralling love story of Lochan and Maya, who encounter an incestual love that confuses the both of them. Great read.

Jul 27, 2014

Not normally what everyone wants to read or what they choose to read, but nevertheless it was Great. Simply Haunting at that.

Apr 07, 2014

pretty good book. much better than i thought it would be

Dec 21, 2013

This book though> all my friends were like eww what the heck?? I cried and cried I love this book it's my favourite:(

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Apr 07, 2014

pretty good book. much better than i thought it would be.


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