Forbidden – Review
by: Tabitha Suzuma
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.
Forbidden – Review
I hate this book in the best way possible.
Forbidden is such a tragic, yet remarkable, love story. It touches on a taboo subject, but y’all know I am a sucker for taboo.
There is so much about this book that I love. But, there is so much about this book that I hate. I am completely torn inside. I ranted about it to my boyfriend for a good ten minutes, and then I raved about it for just as long.
Suzuma is such a beautiful writer. The prose inside this novel is phenomenal. Towards the beginning of the book, I thought the writing was a little cliche and too over the top, but the more I ventured into this story, the more I realized I was wrong. Nothing about this book is cliche. Nothing about this book is just ok. The way the sentences come together is just part of the beauty of Lochan and Maya’s tale. It’s so profound and everything hits you in the feels.
And the feels. Oh man, the feels. I hate Forbidden, but I only hate how much it made me feel. It’s not one of those touchy-feeling love-good books. The story is like Romeo and Juliet on steroids. It’s that complex and deep. Forbidden has got to be one of the greatest composed novels I have ever read. It’s definitely an ugly-cry kind of book too, and sometimes, you just need that.
- January 15, 2019
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