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Perfect for readers who enjoyed Flowers in the Attic, this is a heartbreaking and shocking novel about siblings Lochan and Maya, their tumultuous home life, and the clandestine, and taboo, relationship they form to get through it.

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 de facto 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 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 154 x 208 x 38mm | 531g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1442419954
  • 9781442419957
  • 122,067

Review quote

"There is nothing about this novel that is easy, but readers who snag the book for the controversy will stick around for the polished writing and compelling character development." --BCCB
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Rating details

68,567 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 42% (28,936)
4 30% (20,620)
3 17% (11,509)
2 7% (4,690)
1 4% (2,812)

Our customer reviews

Sensitive Reader: This is NOT a spoiler, as the description tells you this. This book is about an incestuous relationship between siblings, AND there are scenes that might be rather racy no matter who was in them - when I read them, I felt almost guilty. I remember reading V. C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic series when I was MUCH younger, and although there will be inevitable comparisons between those books and this one, the only thing they really have in common is the target subject. The scene is London: Maya and Lochan are a brother and sister made parents to their younger brothers and sister well before their time by a mother so coldly irresponsible that THIS parent wanted to reach into the book and slap her dead in her face. Suzuma's writing is impeccable as she tells a story of the almost inevitable relationship that surfaces and the price that is paid. I must admit to being very disturbed by the relationship as I thought (well, tried to think, since thinking about it almost made me throw up in my mouth) of the possibility of me and my own brother ... ugh .. can't even write it out (Love ya, bro'! Just never THAT much). Even though you know it's wrong, you hope against hope that things will somehow work out, and I found my heart in my throat at some scenes. This is an intense, absorbing, at times horrifying (at least to this reader) reading experience. An excellent book, but definitely for the OLDER YA set and above. QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): We're not like that. We're not sick. We're just a brother and sister who also happen to be best friends. That's the way it's always been between us. I can't lose that or I will not survive. Book Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
Because of the subject matter this is a book that I can't really recommend, you just have to decide for yourself if you want to read it. Lochan and Maya have a hard life and are just doing their best to keep their family together and social services away. Their mother, something she has no right to be called, is too busy with men and having a good time. She can't be bothered with things like putting food on the table, helping with homework or taking her two younger children to school. Lochan and Maya have always done everything parents should do for their children, which contributes to them not seeing each other as brother and sister. This book left my sense of what's right and wrong unhinged. I felt for the characters, which made me feel guilty for any hint of judgment and really messed with my mind. I thought if anyone knew them and what they have to deal with, they wouldn't be able to judge. It's emotionally draining and very well written. Tabitha Suzuma takes her time to set the stage for the story - which in a lot of books tends to be rushed over. The ending isn't really an ending, it's more of a to be continued or question mark without any possibility of a sequel. Not the type of ending I'm use to, but perfect for this story. Any other ending would of felt more
by sophilozophy
Lochan and Maya are brother and sister. Their three younger siblings depend on them ever since their dad left them and their mother no longer cares for them. With the pressure of this enormous responsibility, Maya and Lochan turn to each other. They find solace and comfort, but they find so much more than that. They find love. Not just sibling love, but real emotional, physical love. How can they love each other when the rest of the world sees their actions as disgusting and vile? FORBIDDEN deals with an incredibly controversial subject, and readers should be warned. Lochan and Maya are brother and sister, but they love each other in the way that any normal couple would. The first half of the book doesn't even touch the subject; it sets the scene with depictions of a family falling apart and a set of siblings doing all they can to hold it together. The second half delves into their incestuous relationship and the torrent of emotions and consequences that come along with it. Though this type of relationship is looked down upon by society, I couldn't help but hope that Maya and Lochan would work out. Their love was deeper than any other I've encountered and it was truly real because of everything they had suffered through together. It was hard to accept the fact that they were related, but also easy at the same time. Their relationship, as you can imagine, pushed boundaries to their breaking points. The emotional side balanced with the physical side. The thoughts of each character were drawn out and talked about comprehensively. They were real people with honest emotions. This is one of those books that will rip apart your heart and make you question everything you've ever believed in. By the novel's end I was in tears. The story was shocking and difficult at times, but it was worth it. FORBIDDEN is a stunning read that shouldn't be missed. I highly recommend it. **Please note: FORBIDDEN includes a disclaimer that the story isn't suitable for younger readers. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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