Saturday, April 14, 2012

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Oftentimes I purposely avoid reading novels that do not conform to what I've always believed in. Otherwise, it would mean plunging into murky waters, and reading as a cynical critic would have. But this book is definitely an exception! The title itself tells that it is not your average love story. Rarely do I encounter novels that boldly ventures in this issue. But "Forbidden" not only managed to do that but also moved me in ways I never could've imagined.

 A negligent and alcoholic mother, a father who left them out of the blue, a family on the brink of falling apart. They say the ones who are affected the most in a dysfunctional family are the children. Maya and Lochan are no different. They are siblings and have been each other's strength for years. Struggling to survive, to raise their younger brothers and sister despite the circumstances failing them. And they love each other...
Not just the love between brother and sister...
Not just the platonic love anyone would've expected from them...

Incest is a very sensitive issue. I've never read anything about this before. So knowing what goes into their minds is new as well. It hurts so much I got so carried away by how tragic their life is. They were both prison in their own society. They know it's not the right thing. They know it's immoral, illegal, unethical, and impossible. But how could you blame them if they're only following their hearts? How can something so wrong feel so right?

I admit I was reluctant to read this at first. I'm a firm believer of what I know is right. But reading this makes my heart ache that I found myself sympathizing for them and wishing things turned out differently. There were so many scenes that are revolting. I want to go inside the book and tell them " Hey! You can't do that! You can't kiss each other like that!" But in the end, I just felt pity and remorse. This book reminds us that no matter how much you love each other, no matter how hard you fight for it, if it's against the law, it's impossible.

This is one of the books that's impossible to finish without having tears in your eyes. This is beautiful as it is heartbreaking. You may have seen love in it's myriad forms. But this one is definitely unique..

That's Just Tragic Pictures, Images and Photos

I give this 4/5 stars! 


  1. Oh God, this one nearly made me cry. So heartbreaking, especially that ending. Couldn't get it out of my head for weeks after. But I felt just like you did when reading. A little cynical, and totally broken by the end. Great review and I'm a new follower! I currently have a giveaway on my blog if you'd like to check it out :)

    Confessions of a Readaholic

    1. Thanks! I have to agree with you. It was so emotional. This one sure hits home..

  2. Great review!! I've been meaning to read this one for a while now... everyone seems to love it!! Thanks for the review. I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :) I'm also having a giveaway on my blog.

    Feel free to check out my blog & follow too!!

    -Riya (The Teen Book Guru)

    1. Hi there Riya! Thanks! I'm now following you :)

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. I cried at the end, it left me broken.I felt Like after everything they went through they deserved a happy ending.