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Monday, August 1, 2011

"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.

I think this may be the saddest story I have ever read. It was a story about incest, but it didn't feel as wrong as I imagined it would when I started reading, and that is credited completely to Tabitha Suzuma's great writing. She does an amazing job of making you feel for the characters, hoping for them even, when you know they are in a completely hopeless situation. Their lives were difficult enough, without the added problem of falling for one another. It broke my heart the most, when the characters were dreaming of someday and all the happiness they could have, because as a reader you know that isn't really a possibility. Regardless, I was very impressed with the storytelling and grew quite fond of all the characters. It's heavy, but worth the read.

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