Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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A shocking, heartbreaking story of taboo romance that’s as compelling as it is controversial.

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.

About Tabitha Suzuma

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Tabitha Suzuma is also the author of A Note of Madness, A Voice in the Distance, From Where I Stand, and Without Looking Back. She used to work as a primary school teacher and now divides her time between writing and tutoring. She lives in London. Visit her at
Published June 28, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 468 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction

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Though the author spares no cliché in evoking their tragically star-crossed love (Lochan even laments aloud, "How can something so wrong feel so right?"), she expertly manipulates tension, creating both pathos ("I can think of no other kind of love that is so totally rejected") and urgency ("Bein...

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"How to explain that this situation, the love we feel for one another—everything that to others may seem sick and twisted and disgusting—to us feels completely natural and wonderful and oh—so, so right?"

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This sinks Lochan even further into despair, especially after the police investigators (who seem to think Maya’s statement is made out of fear of Lochan, in spite of the fact that everything Lochan says and does clearly telegraphs his concern for Maya and his desire to take complete responsibilit...

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“The poignant and shocking ending will leave the reader pondering this story long after the final page is turned.” Forbidden is the latest young adult novel by British author Tabitha Suzuma.

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My grandmother cut her dead with such force - it is not edifying to pick over the manifestation of someone's pain and desperation she said - that I have never forgotten it, right down to her exact words.

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