Author: Tabitha SuzumaRelease: June 28, 2011Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Incest. There you go. I said it. This book is about incest. But it's about so much more and if you turn away from this wonderful novel because the incest scares you off, then I urge you to truly take the most cliché advice in the world: Don't judge a book by it's cover (or it's subject matter, in this case). Just don't. Anywho, my point is that I never, EVER approved of incest before but this book has taught me to think twice about taboo topics. Maya and Lochan, the siblings that fall in love have showed me that incest is multifaceted. Weird, isn't it? I'd never thought I'd say that but it's true.
- Lochan, one of the main characters, really touched my heart. As the oldest, Lochan takes over as the head of the family because his mother doesn't understand the meaning of responsibility. I've never met an MC like him. He was socially inept but he was an amazing character, nonetheless. His feelings and emotions were brutally honest and raw; even though I'll never be able to know exactly how he felt, I got pretty close because Suzuma is just that good at internalization.
- Lochan's entire family broke my heart. They were so real and their situation made me incredibly sad. Since their mom is a douche, they depend on Lochan and Maya, the elders. The siblings are all different but they still manage to work together and look out for one another. They truly made a beautiful family.
- Like I said, Lochan and Maya's relationship never felt wrong or disgusting to me. The reasons that they fell in love were legit. Theirs in one of the few relationships that made perfectly good sense because of the way Suzuma depicts the two characters and their circumstances. I honestly couldn't imagine them NOT being together. It was clear why the two needed each other and that's what made their love so real.
- The plot of Forbidden focused on the relationship between Lochan and Maya but there were many smaller sub plots that tied together at the end. Family was a big one. Throughout the novel, it was heartbreaking to see how the family affected the relationship and vice-versa. The end was shocking. I wasn't expecting it at all! My heart was already crumbling but the end just shattered it to pieces.
- The dialogue was weird at times. I mean, I find it awkward to call someone "my love," y'know? I think it's a preference thing though because it might be fine for others.
- I would've liked to see Maya's side of the relationship developed a bit more. We get to know her personality pretty well but Lochan's feelings felt far stronger and real compared to Maya's.
To Sum It Up
- A heartfelt, mind-altering novel about incest. Left me re-thinking everything I knew about society's views on the taboo subject.
- Touching characters in intense situations that broke my heart.
- The most emotionally draining book I've read this year and I say that in the best possible way!
2011 Contemp Challenge: 11/13 books completed.
Thank you so much Galley Grab for allowing me to read this book! I swear, I'm forever in your debt!