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.
Romeo and Juliet have nothing on this beautifully tragic love story. When I picked up Forbidden, I had not read the synopsis – but the first few chapters were so intriguing, I turned it over to find out more about the book. I wasn’t sure this was a book, I would enjoy; but everyone has raved about it, so I made myself read it… I am really glad I did.
Forbidden is told by the two main characters Lochan and his younger sister Maya; this really helps you understand their relationship. Covering for a neglectful alcoholic mother, Lochan and Maya care for their three younger siblings; their siblings mean the world to them and they will do anything to keep their family together. Lochan and Maya’s feelings aren’t really known at the start of the book – they have that husband/wife dependency and trust but they don’t really understand what is going on between them until a boy shows interest in Maya. When they realize what is going on between them they try to fight their feelings for each other. They know it’s unnatural and against the law, but the harder they fight it the more their feelings strengthen.
That part of the story is probably what really drew me in, they didn’t just accept it and act on it, they were honestly grossed out by what was going on. They knew it could tear their family apart but they couldn’t stop what they felt for each other – it really humanized their characters. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Maya is trying to make Lochan feel better and makes him dance with her – Lochan gets aroused and is completely freaked out by what has happened; this scene is humorous and heartbreaking, it just makes you want to reach into the book and hug him.
A love this forbidden can’t end happily. Even though you want it to and you find yourself bawling at the book screaming WHY!!
Forbidden is a book that had my emotions going in every direction imaginable, it made me question my views on this taboo subject and it left me forever changed after reading it. I cannot praise this book enough. If you don’t think you would like a book about incest I beg you to pick it up and give it a chance; it’s about so much more.
I would give it more candles if I could…
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