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 defacto 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.
I finished this book a few days ago but it took me a little while to write this review because of the feelings and emotions that Forbidden left me with. This book is pure, raw emotion and I still can’t stop thinking about it.
Lochan and Maya have been taking care of their younger brothers and sister ever since their father walked out of the family and their mother started drinking three years ago. Lochan, being the oldest has taken full responsibility for his siblings, while also maintaining a perfect GPA. Maya also helps and the two of them are much more then brother and sister, they are best friends. They are each other’s other half and they also realize they are in love with each other. Knowing that if this secret ever got out, their brothers and sister would be taken away from them, Lochan and Maya decide that it is best to hide their feelings. They do this until they are not able to anymore.
This is the point where you go, “how can you read a book about a brother and sister falling in love and having sex!?! That’s disgusting”. Well, Forbidden makes you think and feel many different things, but disgust for what Maya and Lochan are doing is never one of them. They two of them need each other, they are both so broken, especially Lochan, that they need each other to be happy and to be whole. I so wanted them to be happy.
Forbidden is beautifully written and is told in the view points of both Lochan and Maya. I love when authors do this because I like to know many different sides of a situation.
The end of Forbidden will leave you speechless and if you’re like me, will stay with you for days. This book is brilliant and needs to be read. Do not be discouraged by the subject matter. You will want to read this book, and then you are going to want to read it again.
Forbidden is set to be released June 28, 2011