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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

My first thought: ew... incest. Why would I read a book about incest.

Second thought: hmm everyone has reviewed this book saying it is tragically beautiful, over the top heart breaking. Is half of my goodreads friends really messed up or is there actually something that powerful to this story?

I picked up the book and my mind was blown since the second chapter. The way the author writes is compelling and beautiful and breathtaking.

Forbidden narrates the story of a very torn family of 5 siblings. Lochan the older child struggles with deep anxiety issues. He cannot present in front of his classmates and cannot even formulate dialogue socially. Maya acts as the mother of the family, with their real mother being an alcoholic whore all Maya can do is try to maintain order in the Whitely's household. Kit is a teenage boy suffering through puberty, trying to understand life and his misery. Therefore he is usually acting out and making Lochan and Maya worried about his future. Willa and Tiffin are children growing up without a parental figure. Through this mess Maya and Lochan forge a bond more powerful than that of siblings. They do not see each other as brother, but as partners. Their situation and their dangerous need for each other leaves them partaking in an incest relationship.

“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.”

Lochie and Maya fall in love, deeply without reservations. I can honestly tell that this book opened my mind to many situations people would usually highly judge. I have never ever read a book that had made me doubt social behavior in such a critical way. This is the first book that has actually made me stop and think about every single person in this planet. I do not agree with incest, but the author makes you fall in love in the demented love story between Lochie and Maya.

The ending is pure heart break. I didn't expect it to end that way and the last few pages are page turners filled with deep angst and tears. This book ruined me in more ways than one. There are simply no simple words to describe the author's writing and her magical way of portraying such a taboo theme.

--- 5 stars----