The Violet Hour: July 31, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review – Forbidden

FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzama

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published May 27th 2010)
original title Forbidden
Source: eARC from publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Purchase from Amazon here

Goodreads “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 completely heart wrenching story that had me a little nervous for most of the time I was reading it. I’d never read anything dealing with such a taboo subject as incest, but there was something that pushed me to read it, and I’m glad I did.

Tabitha Suzama’s writing was absolutley beautiful. That was a big part of why I kept reading. Her description of the lives of Lochan and his siblings was so striking, I quickly found that I coudln’t put this book down for anything.  The emotion she was able to evoke from me as a reader was unexpected because I usually don’t get upset while reading, but there were quite a few spots where I found myself tearing up. I just felt so bad for all of these kids. The responsibilities heaped upon Lochan and Maya at such a young age made them seem more like a married couple than siblings. 

Now, I am not condoning incest, just to be clear. That’s not what this book is about. In fact, Lochan and Maya know that it’s wrong. In each point of view, we see them tormented by thoughts of right and wrong. They are constantly questioning their actions, are aware that it is a crime, and even wonder if their relationship is a product of some sort of mental trauma. I couldn’t help but think that, considering their circumstances, if there had be someone (anyone) looking out for them that they could have gotten help. This was just a train wreck that I simply could not look away from.

The ending quite literally tore my heart out, stomped on it and promptly ran it through a blender. My heart was heavy for days. I understand the recluctance to read a story about this subject, because I had it, too. If you do read it, be prepared and have a box (or two) of Kleenex handy.  

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