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Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma | Book review

Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma challenges your beliefs in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s a book that aims to show real trauma and heartache, what love – and lack of love – can do to people, especially children and teenagers. If you asked me before I read this what I thought about romantic love between a brother and a sister, there was no shadow of a doubt in my mind: it’s simply wrong and unacceptable.

My opinion hasn’t changed over night, just because I read this book which has amazing characters and makes you want them to be happy. I managed to find more questions about my understanding of love and our society’s views on what is and what isn’t acceptable.

I’m not so sure anymore, that’s it. Why do we have to jail two people for loving each other and expressing that love? There’s no point in saying they can’t have children, that is obviously immoral and bringing a life of pain into existence is plainly selfish and should be forbidden. But what about a genuine, loving relationship that is between two people and only them? What scares us about that?

Maya and Lochan, the two main characters, also have attenuating circumstances: they come from a broken home, they take care of their brothers and sisters as parents should. This makes you sympathize with their situation. In the end, I felt so much shame and regret to live in a world where cases such as this one are not uncommon. Families are often destroyed by addiction and our system is failing them miserably.

Families come in all shapes and forms and yes, maybe the structure of Maya and Lochan’s family made them reach for each other in support. But the only important question that comes out of it is: why do we then punish them so clearly when all they need is help? It was excruciatingly hard to watch them struggle and I wanted to do anything to make it stop, to let them be together in the life they deserved. This book is a carousel of emotions and there’s nothing more important than that for a writer to achieve.

Like I said, I didn’t get any answers from this book, it didn’t make me think incest was an okay thing, it just raised loads and loads of questions about how children are treated in our society and the support available for them.

Rating: 5/5 stars – IT WAS AMAZING

heart breaking, awful, belief challenging

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