Tuesday, July 5, 2011


By: Tabitha Suzuma
Published By : Simon & Schuster
Released : Available Now
Details : Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Galley Grab


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 ...


Gut wrenching!! Powerful! Powerful! Powerful! , read.

Tabitha Suzuma will smash your heart into a thousand pieces.... and then some.

A lot of emotions will get under your skin when reading ‘Forbidden’....I found myself up and down whilst reading it. For me , this was a heavy, heavy read, I highly, highly recommend.

This book won't be everybody’s cup of tea due to the subject matter, but!!! I strongly recommend going in with an open mind and letting the characters feelings and words speak to you. I doubt if you will ever read anything quite like it again, stay until the end, you may be very surprised at your initial feelings to your final feelings..... I know I was.

It is a heart breaking story in many, many ways, more than just the taboo part of the book. ‘Forbidden‘, is about more than just Maya and Lochan, there are other characters involved. I thought at one stage character overload for Lochan as he is only 18 years old and as a mother of 3 kids myself, you ‘feel’ for how much he has stacked up against him at such a young age...but Tabitha had to write him that way for the reader to really be able to accept the taboo topic, it wasn’t written lightly , Tabitha blew me away with her writing.

I didn't really know quite what to do with myself after I finished reading ‘Forbidden’, it is a book that leaves you with a tidal wave of emotions and a few tears.

The title of this book is perfect and the story within the pages totally lives up to its name. The story is surrounded by the taboo subject making the reader want that fairy tale ending.....Crikey...it kind of shatters you by the time you finish the book, a very brave story to tell.

Tabitha is very unforgiving with her characters. She drives that nail in with her writing style. This story could have gone so wrong , what I mean is in the writing of the story...but...you find yourself wanting the relationship to be a success you want those odds balanced up.

Blimey was it an emotional ride but to read and watch how your mind gets swayed to hoping for that fairy tale ending.... Tabitha you did good, I can see why Simon and Schuster took on such a controversial book, WOW!!! I would not be surprised if this book won awards.

I would like to say that this is YA genre but I would recommend for a more maturer reader. The content is pretty intense for younger YA readers, in my opinion, sexual references, drug references and the ending is pretty intense.



  1. Hi chicken,

    This is a most awesome read ...but...WOW!!!!, takes a great writer to pull it off.

    Michelle A.

  2. great review! I cant wait to get hold of a copy of this! glad you loved it! :D


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