Sunday, 21 August 2011

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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.

How can something so wrong feel so right?
Forbidden is a novel about love. But not the classic way of love. It’s a Love with capital L, it’s an involving Love. It’s a Love between a boy and a girl. It’s a Love between a brother and sister.
Disgusting, someone may say. No, noway. This love is true, is pure…it’s something that you cannot express in words. But Tabitha succeed in doing it:

"There are no laws, no boundaries on feelings.We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want.No one, Maya, no one can ever take that away from us." 
This book touches a lot of important issues, not only incest: Maya and Lochan’s mother is always drunken and leaves the family always alone, she prefer to go out with her new “boyfriend” instead of taking care of her family. Since the very beginning I ate her: I don’t understand this kind of behaviour, I think that our children are the most important thing in the world and no one, even a new husband, may become more important than them.
As a consequence, Maya and Lochan must take care of their brothers all day long, without having time for themselves. In addition to that, they pretend every day to be someone else because they cannot fit in our world based on appearance.

"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."

A book full of feelings that will break your certainties and will open your eyes. I reccomend it to everyone who is able to read without having prejudices.

"You've always been my best friend, my soul mate, and now I've fallen in love with you too. Why is that such a crime?" 

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