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Tabitha Suzuma
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27 May 2010 Definitions

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed.

He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future.

And now they have fallen in love.

But . . .

They are brother and sister.

Forbidden will take you on an extraordinary emotional journey. Passionate and shocking, this is a book you will remember long after you have put it down.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult) (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862308160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862308169
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A complex novel that succeeds in exploring the controversial subject of sibling incest without sensation . . . A chilling, powerfully written tale with lasting effects for both teenage and adult readers" (Jake Hope The Bookseller)

"It is sensitively written (with one quite graphic sex scene), and alternating chapters from the protagonists' point of view lets the reader get inside their heads. Recommended for very mature readers" (Inis)

"The reader is immediately involved" (Lesley Martin School Library Association)

"A harrowingly tragic story . . . Suzuma's writing is compelling and its quality beyond question but there will be many (and not just those in the "young adult" category) who will be genuinely shocked by what they are reading here" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)

"The novel's surprises continue to the very end" (Hazel Rochman Booklist USA)

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Tabitha Suzuma is award-winning author who never shies away from challenging subject matter for older readers. This beautifully written, powerful new book tackles the biggest taboo of all . . .

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 22 Jun 2010
Usually when the blurb of a book guarantees you will remember it long after you have put it down, I tend to take it with a pinch of salt since it is designed to pique the interest and draw in new readers. In the case of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, this comment is 100% true: I finished this book last night, at two in the morning, having been unable to put it down over the preceding four hours, tears wet on my face, and I don't think I will ever forget it.

The story of Maya and Lochan and their forbidden love is told in alternate viewpoints, which I think adds to the depth of the book. You hear their own impressions about the situation; their own battle against their feelings; you learn it is completely consensual. They truly believe they are falling in love with each other.

The subject of the book makes for incredibly tough reading, but Suzuma handles it with sensitivity and grace. Not once did I feel that this novel had been written with sensationalism in mind, or a desire to shock. It does shock - how can it not when dealing with incest? - but you find yourself drawn into the decisions that Maya and Lochan make. At times I even found myself questioning why it would be so bad for them to start a relationship, which then made me feel very ill (I think anyone with a sibling can particularly relate to me there). This most certainly is one of the last taboos, and Suzuma brought it into the light and examined it carefully and with logical reasons for every motivation her characters had.

Suzuma does an excellent job drawing these characters: they are three dimensional, fragile and very human.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary and unforgettable read 21 Sep 2010
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Wow. It's hard to know where to begin with this review - or even whether to review it at all. It's always hard when it comes to books like this because the hardest to review are so often the ones that deserve it most, so bear with me and I'll do my best!

To begin with, let me say that although this is published by Definitions as a young adult novel, I wouldn't recommend it for teenagers younger than 15 or 16 due to the extreme nature of the themes. Because yes, this is a story about the romance between a brother and sister. Don't stop reading! Because it's also so much more than that...

Lochan is seventeen. He suffers from crippling social anxiety at school, and comes home every afternoon ready to take care of his three youngest siblings: wild rebel Kit, 13, mischievous young Tiffin, and sweet Willa, 5. His mother is a neglectful, alcoholic mess who barely bothers to come home any more, and his father moved to Australia with his new wife years ago. His only ray of sunshine in this darkness is his sixteen year-old sister Maya. The two have never really been like brother and sister; they are best friends and, to all extents and purposes, parents to the three children. So when they share an unexpected kiss one night, it's like the final piece of their existence has fallen into place.

The first third of the book is mostly about the family, and the way Lochan and Maya are hanging on by a thread. They have to keep up with their school work as well as cooking, cleaning, shopping, playing, supervising homework and bedtimes, and covering for their absent mother so that Social Services won't split them up and place them in care. With Kit now old enough to rebel against his brother's authority, the situation is reaching breaking point and the tension is tangible.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Forbidden Love Story 31 Aug 2010
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"He is my soul mate, my fresh air, the reason I look forward to getting up every morning."

Maya and Lochan have known each other their entire lives. They've been each others rock, soul mate and best friend. Maya's pretty and kind, sweet sixteen and never been kissed. Lochan is gorgeous, generous and super intelligent and now they've fallen in love. This couple should be destined to be together, except they never can be... because they are brother and sister.

When I first found out about this book I wasn't sure whether I wanted to read it or not. I like to think that I'm a pretty open minded person but just the thought of incest turns my stomach and makes me a little queasy but because there's nothing else quiet like this out there at the moment and because of all the rave reviews I decided to put my personal feelings to the side and read this book. Boy am I glad that I did!

Before reading this book I like many people thought of incest as a taboo subject, but after reading this it's completely changed my opinion on it. Not all incest is as black and white as it may seem, especially that of the consensual type and this book fills in all of those shades of grey in between. It wasn't until I was half way through reading this that I realised that I didn't find Maya and Lochan's relationship sick or repulsive at all - in fact quiet the opposite! I was desperate for them to be together and find a way to figure everything out and ultimately found their situation sad and unfortunate. Like Lochan and Maya I never saw them as brother and sister but as star crossed lovers who had so much against them. They were two normal, wonderful people who I just wanted the best for and if that was with each other then so be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep story
Reading from both the characters point of view makes this story so emotional... you feel everything with them. I truly cried for the pain as tho it was my pain. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Hayley Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars It is beautifully written and incredibly moving
I brought the book on a whim because I was looking for something trashy to read for entertainment. However, this book is NOT trashy at all! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Jean Ranson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was quite a slow start but after half way through you start to really empathise with the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophie Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping and tragically beautiful
I finished this book in a few days as it is easy to read (I suppose it is YA after all). However it is beautifully written and the story is gripping from the get go. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. Jehangir
1.0 out of 5 stars I mean it would be like having a relationship with your dad
I have a question for all those who have given this 4/5 starts. Do any of you have an older brother? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms J
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor mans 'Flowers in the attic'
Strange book - hardly any plot - other then the building of the relationship between brother and sister but with hardly substantial reasons has to how it could become that intense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Very unique story.
As soon as I read the blub, I brought it, didn't even get a sample.

I have very fussy with books, and nothing compares to the After Life Saga, so I won't list the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Dominic Draven
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden
A few weeks ago there was a question on Formspring asking which was the last book that made you cry. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm speechless.
All I can say is that this is truly one of the most beautiful things that I've ever read.
It really makes you think about what's right and wrong in love. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Reese D'Carló
5.0 out of 5 stars so strange but so good
I loved this book, the idea seemed so wrong but reading it you begin to sympathise. Completely unexpected ending. A must read.
Published 6 months ago by ciara
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