Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: BOOK REVIEW



Book: Forbidden

Authors: Tabitha Suzuma

Pages: 287

Reading Format: Kindle

Read: 19th April, 2017

Rating: 2.80/5 Stars


You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel. 

She is pretty and talented — sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

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.


Plot: 2/5

Characters: 3/5

Writing: 2/5

 “You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”

Forbidden was unlike any other book I’ve ever read before, the topic was rarely seen in books, and was quite taboo.

I did enjoy this novel, however found it to be quite boring and repetitive throughout most of it (minus the last 2 or 3 chapters). Despite this, it was still so interesting to read about, and see how these people coped with such a struggle in their lives.

 “As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.”

The characters were probably the best part of the book, they had depth to them, and each one made the book that little bit more interesting. Although the main two protagonists irritated me at times, due to their repetitive inner monologue, and constant change in emotions in a split second, I still enjoyed reading from both of their perspectives.

I loved seeing the family who is struggling financially, with a downright bitch for a mother, and how they dealt with all that. Such as Maya and Lochan having to play the parent roles, and all the things they had to deal with in terms of looking after the other kids. I certainly know I would never be able to do half the things they had to do, again because of their absolute moron as a mother. I respect them greatly in that way.

“I might appear confident and chatty, but I spend most of my time laughing at jokes I don’t find funny, saying things I don’t really mean – because at the end of the day that’s what we’re all trying to do: fit in, one way or another, desperately trying to pretend we’re all the same.”

I’m 99% sure that I’ve never cried in a book, maybe one before this, but I had tears rolling down my face throughout the last few chapters. It was so heartbreaking and heart wrenching to see how all of this struggle ended up, oh my heart. It hurts.

That’s all,

Kate :)


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