Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Published June 28, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Hardcover: 464 pages
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 defacto 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 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 was a very, very, very painful book. But a good painful, of course.
I honestly don't know what to say about this book... I suppose I could start by saying that Tabitha Suzuma is excellent at expressing emotion and (because I wish I lived in Great Britain) I really enjoyed how the style of writing just subtly hinted how the story took place in England and how the author lives in London.
There were lots of surprises in this book, most of them being upsetting. With every page I turned, my heart shattered a little bit more. Even during the happy moments, my heart was breaking.
The ending was beautiful and made me cry. I desperately wish I could say something spoilery here, but no such luck... I can say: Wow, that was the worst and best ending I've read in a long time.
You have to be able to handle a lot to read this book, and maybe it isn't best for younger readers.
Five Stars and a broken heart.