Forbidden tells the story of 17-year-old Lochan and 16-year-old Maya. Together, they’ve raised their three younger siblings due to a neglectful and alcoholic mother. But through all that time filling parental roles, something unexpected happens … Lochan and Maya fall in love. The book follows the siblings as they struggle to come to terms with their unconventional and socially unacceptable romance — and come to ask, “how can something so wrong feel so right?”
At times, Forbidden is an uncomfortable read — but not because it depicts a case of consensual incest, but because it makes you root for the romance. Conventional wisdom tells you that this relationship is wrong. But the love between Lochan and Maya is so undeniable, you really want them to find a way to make things work out.
Forbidden is simply un-put-down-able. It’s a completely difficult and heartbreaking love story, with a romance doomed to fail. Heartbreaking, sad and poignant, Forbidden is a difficult book to read, yet it is wholly rewarding. A beautiful story, beautifully told. Perhaps the most significant part of Forbidden is Suzuma’s ability to offer hope in the light of a tragic ending.
Forbidden is in stores now. I highly recommend this one — though it’s probably best suited for older teens and adults due to content.