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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 SisterSeventeen Year Old Lochan And Sixteen Year Old Maya Have Always Felt 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 Before everything This review is soon to be edited and posted on Rain Hart s my book blog.You can find our blog here Be sure to subscribe and see all the fun we have in store for you Now, on to the review If you are starting this book or are planing to, put this song on your player and have it as a theme song for the book Believe me It helps when you get to the crying part TogetherFirst of all I have to tell you that what I am going to write will not please a lot of people.So don t agree with me.Don t read.Don t comment.I don t care.This book was so powerful I simply do not care if somebody thinks that what I feel is wrong.Ironic, given that if something is or isn t wrong is a big part of the theme of this work.The book made me feel alive.Maybe somethings, like the charges against Lochi were puffed up out of proportion Maybe, but I still do not care Maybe the ending was harsh and unnecessary I do not agree And again, do not care.The anticipation I felt for them was real And I fretted I even had a feeling of dread and moments of doubt But after all of it I just can t force myself to think their love was wrong If a lot of hands go up in the air in order to point out to me that this was incest Just stop We tell ourselves that we live in the age of acceptance of things and people that are different.We support gay people, give our blessings to new found churches, give the people the right to hurt themselves emotionally in any way they can, and a lot of time don t even care that they can hurt themselves physically.Sure there is child molesting And that is wrong and sick.But here, in this beautiful heart stopping story, we have two young adults that even pressed by the weight of the world, knew, without a doubt, that they love each other.I stopped to think if they could know love at 17 and 18and I think they could They were already forced to grow up And there is the fact that true love can hit you when you are 18,27,30,5570 even As Lochan says, it is not fair for so many men to go around and use who ever they like and not be sanctioned, but his love is labeled as deranged It s not It just isn t Not to me Not when it comes to Lochan and Maya.I didn t want to redeem this couple like some readers did I didn t want somebody to make them believe that they were wrong and to separate them, make them have different lives.I think that they were just an aberration Hormonal aberration and when I say hormonal I do not mean sex , galactic misunderstanding, fate glitch but they were for one another They just were.I really wished them well They knew they could not have children And they did not want them They already raised all of their kids They just wanted to have one another To be able to do the things others had, and discarded as every day convenience And my heart made painful little flips for every moment of their happiness.I wish, oh how I wish they hadAnd wish, and wish and wish that they were left to tend to the smaller children until one day they could have a world in which to hold hands, kiss,and love as with nobody condemning them for it.I hated their mother She was a horrible person And her fanatic involvement in the end was so in her character I know some people do not see her as the type to care And she was not She was the type to fuss Like she fussed about her kids but done them no real good Like all the things she did in order to lie to herself that she cared for them or did something for anybody accept herself She was just a beautifully portrayed selfish slut.As much the description of their mother and fate is brilliant, how the author gave us the lovely formed thoughts of sister and brother is majestic They sound like teenagers but their intellectual rants hold real everyday fears,problems and solution.The mother and father along with a lot of other situations and people made this book really hard and painful And this was all good,. no Superb writing that kept me on the edge But God, there are so many moments in the book that I hold so dear now Maya getting the bracelet, their strong support for each others troubles, tears, even the fact that in one day Lochan had the best morning of his life with the kids as happy as they were, with Maya in her bedroom just to fall from euphoria in to the worst and last night of his life And all this all of it coming to that final chapter and Epilogue.When I read the last chapter I was emotionally broken But when I read Maya s struggle after that She still had to be strong She still had to try To fight I cried I cried in big gut wrenching sobs that I could not stop.Poor Lochan The poor lovable bright Lochan.And sweet pretty Maya.Innocent little Willa that won t really remember him.And Kit That had no idea what his silly petty fit will do How it will destroy lives Destroy love Destroy all of them in a cruel joke of destiny.Oh how happy they would have all been if they were born different Born like Maya s and Lochan s kids And loved, loved loved.I write this rew and still cry, silent beautiful tears that make me almost feel pure.Why Because I remembered a thing from my pastWhen I was 16teen a friend of mine killed himself.And the pain was big.How will I go on He was my firstdoor neighbor for so long,friend,companion,so many things.Five years later I saw his girlfriend still putting flowers on his grave.But how long will she remember How long will I When will his face become a blur Love that people felt for him subdued and burned out When This book gives us the answer at the end.Yes I knew all the answers when I read the last few lines of this perfect book.They told everybody that read them that you should never give up.And remember forever.But live on now.Looking forward to the small things.To pink panties and a smile of a little girl.SoSummer is here And they will try We can always just try.If you read this book, and I hope that you will, you will love it But you will also curse your self for wishing what could not be Their love.It was like watching Titanic as a kid over and over again.The ending is always harsh.And breathtaking.But mostly sad Love can touch us one timeAnd last for a lifetimeAnd never let go till we re goneLove was when I loved youOne true time I hold toIn my life we ll always go on So awkward pause How many of you little sisters out there have come to a point in your life when you look at your older brother and think Yeah, I d hit that, and not in the punch you in the arm kind of way Raise your hand No one Oh you haven t Really Are you sure Well, maybe it s for the best that you ve never thought about your sibling like that And maybe you wouldn t be interested in this book Or maybe you still would Let s see, shall we Now, I m going to be very blunt about the premise of this book This book involves incest It is a graphic depiction of a brother and sister who struggle with their personal lives as a result of Disappearing Parent Syndrome They begin to fall for and explore each other, physically and emotionally.There is actually a condition called genetic sexual attraction that can lead to relatives most commonly, those who meet as adults to be sexually attracted to each other and may possibly be a result of attraction to similar facial structure You might know a famous almost couple who may or may not have suffered from this conditionAnd, of course, there are the Royals who would take a look at their first cousin and think Man, I need to get me a piece of THAT Or ratheraccuratly, Cheerio I say I shall fancy a bit of the rumpy pumpy with that lass Incest has a very long and sordid history As long as there are relatives, there will be incest Unless humans soon evolve into a Vulcan like race that suppress their emotions and always base their decisions upon logic Which sounds most illogical Who should read this Let s just say that brotherly love or sisterly love is not for everyone In fact, it s not for most people Firstly The large majority of siblings just aren t interested in each other Second If everyone participated in it the human race would quickly devolve and be lost into genetic disorder That s just genetics Sorry, I just seriously can t stop with the Star Wars thing.I suggest that only MATURE teens read this.It would be completely accurate for me to say that I have NEVER read a book like this in my life Forbidden is the very definition of sexual tension.Let s face it Teens have raging hormones I know I did I would have in NO way been able to handle this book as a young teen I already wanted to do all kinds of naughty things without having an influence like this in my life, and I know that if I had read it before I had matured hormonally I would have rushed out and tried to seduce the first off limits guy I could find And I could have done a lot of damage to myself and other people I was not emotionally mature enough to handle this book then and many young girls will be in the same situation that I was.It is difficult to say for sure how or to whom this book should be marketed This is a young adult book with ADULT content I am in no way an advocate of censorship, but honestly some teens are just NOT ready for the material in this book It s just my recommendation that this book not be taken lightly This isn t the new generation s Princess Bride This book deals with things that not every teen needs to or would want to read about All I m saying is please, please use discretion Teens need to decide whether they are really interested and prepared for this book they may even need help making their decision.Obviously, if a teen wants to read about certain issues, they will probably find a way But I get the feeling that a lot of people wouldn t necessarily realize just how graphic this book turns out to be without researching beforehand.Personally, I really enjoyed it and couldn t put this book down But I am an adult Not to mention an only child Sometimes discouraging teens from doing something can lead tocuriosity on their part But you could always use reverse psychology If a parent said something like, Oh, all my friends are reading that in book club, Hun, what teen wouldn t immediately put that book back on the shelf without even opening it Just sayin.If you have a sibling close to your own age and never want to think of them as anything other than a sibling, maybe you should avoid this book I have zero brothers and sisters, so I can t speak to whether or not this could change the way someone sees their brother or sister What I got out of this book I liked the book and story, apart from almost all of the characters being absolute douches most of the time, particularly the mother The pace was involving and addictive, but I m still rather disturbed by the whole thing Maybe that s the point Mostly, I m left wondering what the message of this book is That sex is bad and bad things happen because of it Or that incest shouldn t be illegal I guess what I took from it was that perhaps if people weren t so intolerant and judgmental, others wouldn t be driven to self destruction so easily Judgement not only hurts those it is directed toward, it can also hurt those doing the directing Intolerance is a slow working parasite, draining the empathy and joy out it s host and replacing it with it s own fear and discontent.Intolerance is just fear in disguise And you know what that means Fear leads to anger Anger leads to hate Hate leads to suffering.I m not a big fan of judgement I was judged most of my adolescent life, so I m going to skip over any morality issue No one is taking advantage of anyone else in this book There isn t forcefulness or blackmail It is just an anomaly of love Or an anomaly of lust.Despite the blunt statement at the beginning of this review, honestly, I don t think this book is about incest It s about making the best of a bad situation It s about overcoming the struggles of abandonment and loneliness.Sadly, it is all too common an occurrence Disappearing fathers, mothers chasing their youth and social lives instead of their children, and the kids, left to pick up the pieces of their broken family.On a lighter note apparently, this book has already awakened non existent latent desires inme , an adult in a committed relationship, because the other night I had a dream that I had a step brother and that I was totally making out with him in public Not quite as awkward as a biological brother, but still pretty damn awkward Then, of course, there is the possibility that my latent desires had nothing to do with the step brother and everything to do with being in public Yeah, that sounds much betterlet s go with that. I hate this book I hate,hate,hate it I thought I was prepared.And I was,to deal with a story depicting a forbidden and taboo relationship.But.But I was not prepared for this I was NOT prepared to encounter something so pure,so beautiful,so tormented.something so stunning I was not prepared for him.Lochan Hello Readers I find myself utterly captivated by terrible beauty this book possesses.I was disgusted.I was exploited.I wept.I screamed.But I could not stop.I became that proverbial moth who can t stop even though it knows it will burn.And I did burn So tell me Readers,how do I explain Lochan to you How do I explain something so exquisitely beautiful in a few mere words How do I do it I can tAt what point does a fly give up trying to escape through a closed window do its survival instincts keep it going until it is physically capable of no ,or does it eventually learn after one crash too many that there is no way out At what point do you decide that enough is enoughMeet Kit A 13 year old being corroded away by pain,bitterness and hatred.He does everything to refute authority.Does everything to drive Lochan mad.Meet Tiffin A beautiful,spirited young boy who has to beg for every scrap of attention from his mother.He knows that when Maya tells him that their Mom actually cares about them,she s lying.Meet WillaAt the age of five she has already come to terms with one of the life s harshest lessons that the world isn t fairAnd now meet with Maya A 16 year old girl who has to play the role of a mother for those three younger siblings.Because their mother is too drunk and selfish to even care.And their father left them years ago.The only reason she can cope with a cheerful visage.is LochanI can t bear to think I might have lost our closeness,our friendship,our trust.He was always so muchthan just a brother.He is my soul mate,my fresh air,the reason I look forward to getting up every morning.I always knew I loved himthan anyone else in the worldYes.She loves Lochan.The kind of love that has no boundaries.Which is endlessHow can something so wrong feel so rightReaders,I will not try to justify their love.Because no matter however I present it, it will be a difficult concept to graspLet s face it,this is all pretty sick.Maybe the rest of the world s right.Maybe we re just a couple of fucked up,emotionally disturbed teenagersSo no,I will not try to justify itThere are no laws,no boundaries on feelings.We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want.No one,Maya,no one can ever take that away from usAnd nothing prepared me for the endingAt what point do you give up decide enough is enough There is only one answer really.NEVERI guess that s all for now Cause no matter what I do,I will not be able to convey the beauty of this story to you.Goodbye Readers.P.S I LOVE this book After reading recent comments, I feel the need to stress an important point about this book it is not about accepting incest It s not a book like Flowers in the Attic or How I Live Now where incest is romanticised It is a sad story about the danger of dysfunctional families and should never be regarded as another angsty tale of forbidden love, even though the title suggests otherwise.So, first let me say that this was a very brave book to tackle such a controversial subject matter and the author must have some real bottle to take it on I know quite a few people who would read the synopsis and put it straight back down, shaking their heads at the thought of another Flowers In The Attic scenario But this book is far from that Flowers In The Attic was about two teenagers who had grown up isolated from members of the opposite sex, all they had during puberty was each other and their sexual relationship was based on desires that are natural but they had been prevented from feeling them in a natural environment But Forbidden tells the tale of two teenagers, Lochan 17 later 18 and Maya 16 , who both go to school with other people their own age, including plenty from the opposite sex but they have been forced to live quite unlike their other schoolmates when at home Neglected at an early age by their mother after the sudden departure of their father, Lochan and Maya begin to play the roles of parents to their three younger siblings who they refer to as the children This ensues a relationship in which they support each other and share parenting roles like a couple would and not at all like a brother and sister They are prompted to feel that they are related by some biological accident.Characters Lochan is an excellently constructed character, when he is narrating the story you feel his pain every second of the way You almost feel his nerves when he struggles to speak to people and, most of all, you really care about him He s a troubled guy and that becomes apparent from the very first page when he is sat in class he has many sides, all of them passionate And then there s Maya Maybe it s the strength of Lochan s character that does it, but I just don t feel any real connection with Maya and I don t feel like the author did either For a female author she writes her male characters far better than the females, a fact also true of her other books Maya is bland and, instead of feeling her pain and pitying her like you do with Lochan, she seems whiny and irritating Also, incredibly naive Now, I know there are plenty of pretty girls who are virgins at 16 and much older I also know that there are pretty girls that haven t been kissed at 16, but I don t know of any quite so innocent I mean, she goes to high school for godsakes Lochan s blushing at sexual hints is forgiven because of his character that has been built up around his timidity, but Maya is supposed to be outgoing and full of life to balance him out But it s hard to believe she knew what a penis was before this with Lochan Ok, so you get that Maya didn t do it for me But Kit did, surprisingly I was expecting a throwaway character in the form of a bratty teenager, and yes, we got the bratty teenage stuff but Kit was a lotthan that I loved the other side to him, he wanted to rebel and he didn t like that his older brother got to boss him around but he also understood the importance of them staying together and he wanted to keep them away from the eyes of social services I felt really sorry for him when he s chasing the police car near the end, even though it was partly his fault, but I did like what it signified about the relationship between him and Lochan His other siblings were just tools to move the plot along, Tiffin is only memorable because of his unfortunate name Willa, though seemingly a sweetheart, was only their to reinforce the idea that Maya and Lochan were like parental figures, not siblings.Ending If my review was of the ending alone then the book would have got 5 stars without a doubt It was shocking, beautiful and tragic That one scene after Lochan has been arrested, stayed with me afterwards and I was crying for ages I got to a couple of chapters before the end and I thought well, yeah, it is a good book , but the ending propelled it into awesomeness Even if the story had been poor, it would have been worth reading just to get to that ending I loved the simplicity of the final chapter it could have been dragged out but it wasn t and that made it all theeffective The final scene is told so well, you can see it clearly in your mind, imagine exactly how it would have looked I cannot fault the ending at all.The Incest Issue I understand what this book was trying to achieve and the question it was putting to the reader about different types of love I feel the need to compare it to Lolita by Nabokov and the way in which Humbert is almost forgiven his perversity at the end and the reader is with him, inside his pain and wishing that Lolita would be with him Paedophilia is viewed as one of the most disgusting acts possible, and yet Nabokov manages to get the reader to forgive Humbert, feel sorry for him, almost excuse him Suzuma with Forbidden wants you to question the taboo that is incest She is not saying incest is okay , that s not the point Like the many coming out novels, Suzuma wants you to recognise a different type of love from the norm Assuming they didn t have children because of the genetic issue and both were consenting why legally prevent two people from loving each other just because they came out of the same woman Can you answer it Without the bible and comments like it s just wrong do you have an answer I don t I think it s weird and creepy and makes me feel slightly sick but I can t put my finger on why the law forbids it note this does not include having children, because there are obvious reasons why this would be wrong That said, for me Tabitha Suzuma didn t quite manage it the way Nabokov did But I must stress how much I enjoyed this novel and how much it really made me think.