She is sixteen, pretty, and talented. He is seventeen, handsome, and smart. Both have fallen in love. But... They are brother and sister. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, mother and the father who have left them to take care of their three younger siblings. Being forced to grow up fast Lochan and Maya have never felt like brother and sister. Their romance quickly blooms into deep love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. Yet, they cannot stop the feelings they share.
When I read what this story was about I was weirded out beyond belief... Brother and Sister get it on... No thank you, but after reading the reviews I put on my big girl panties and bought it. This book is like the show Shameless but with incest... Yeah I know still sounds insane, but hear me out! This is probably both the easiest and hardest review I've ever written. I fear I wont be able to correctly articulate my feelings on the book. However the more I tried to forget about what I read and felt, the more it keeps creeping back up into my mind. So I'll try to sting together some sentences and will more than likely end up rambling about this book. However here is my review of Forbidden.
The main characters MAKE.THIS.BOOK! Maya and Lochan are characters I find myself even struggling to sum up in words. Lochan and Maya are complete opposites. Lochan is school smart and beyond shy. He suffers from social anxiety, and can’t even give a presentation in front of a class without going into a panic attack. Maya is a social butterfly, with no fear, and when she knows she wants something including her own bother she will dive both feet first. They are the oldest of five kids, which they are both practically raising themselves. Their mom is an absentee alcoholic who is forever with her boyfriend, and their dad is living in Australia with his new replacement family.
|please forgive my key|
With that being said: to anyone that feels this is disgusting, I challenge you to read this book because believe me, it's insane to feel or see yourself seamlessly accepting and rooting for two people who are doing they are doing. I ask you to PLEASE forget any pre-conceived notions you have about the sensitive subject of this novel. Anyone who gets to experience the vivid, pulsing, and raw emotions in this story will be left so moved realizing that this author truly has given us something special.
This book had me laughing, praying, cheering, and then crying my eyes out. Never in my life did I think 1) I would read a book about incest or 2) that I would read a book about incest and end up in tears. The ending of this book had me wanting to grab a bottle of wine and the closest Kleenex box. It is so rare to come across a book that make you feel so many emotions, makes you question your beliefs, and leaves you utterly breathless. This book is that book.
Forbidden was a book I thought would be easily forgettable and Oh brother (no pun intended) was I so so wrong... Throw out your moral compass and pick up this book…Forbidden is easily one of the best stand alone books I've ever read.
10/10 stars and then some.