Friday, March 30, 2012

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden Tabitha Suzuma


Pages: 454
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Rating: 4/5
Points Earned: 17/17


Incest is probably one of the most taboo subjects in the world, but also one of the most fascinating. I know that pretty much every time I explained the book to one of my friends, they would respond with "Ew! That's so gross! I want to read it!"

The Whitely family might look like a decent family from a distance, but in reality, they are as about as dysfunctional as a family can get. Their father left five years ago, their mother is an alcoholic and pays more attention to her boyfriend, Kit, the third oldest, is in a gang, and Maya and Lochan are left to take care of their three younger siblings, as well as hide their relationship from the world.

This book is the pure definition of sexual tension. Lochan and Maya long to go "all the way," but they know that if they do and get caught, the children will all be separated and put into foster care, and they will get thrown into prison.

Talk about suck-ish.

This book goes back and forth between Lochan's and Maya's points-of-view. Lochan was by-far the more interesting character. Now, let's face it, Lochan's a pansy. Lochan also has a deadly temper. One second he's having a panic attack in the middle of class, the next he is strangling his brother.

Lochan has a hard time with talking to people outside his family. This worries the people at school because he refuses to participate in class. He never raises his hand, and he always has an excuse not to present a project. He definately has an extreme case of Disappearing Parent Syndrome.

Maya, on the other hand, was just there. I didn't really get a connection with her like I did Lochan.

Another thing was that their voices were quite similar. Somtimes I'd get confused with who's chapter it is. In the book, Lochan is described as a straight A student, and has a wide vocabulary. Maya, on the other hand, was an average student. I don't believe her voice should have been as intelligent as his was.

I really enjoyed the children in the story: Kit, Tiffin, and Willa. They all had such distinct personalities and they were all so adorable (Yes, even you Kit).

The ending was very sad. It brought me to tears. I did, however, see it coming. I'm not going to spoil anything, but it is pretty obvious if you put two-and-two together.

All in all. This was a great book. I do believe it isn't for everyone. No, it's not going to make you look at your sibling and want to do the nasty, but I do believe you have to be mature enough to take the whole thing seriously. As rare as it is, this does happen. It's nothing to joke about.

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