Leida Resendiz's Book Review: "Guilty"


Leida Resendiz      December 9, 2015

Pressed up against him, I can feel the thud of his heart against mine, his ribcase expanding and contracting rapidly against my chest, the warm whisper of his breath tickling the side of my neck, the brush of his leg against my thigh. Resting my arms on his shoulders, I pull back a little to get a look at his face. But he isn’t smiling any more.
— Forbidden, Tabitha Suzuma

This is one of the many romantic quotes of the book Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. Maya is only 16 and Lochan is just 17 and they've had to play a parent role to their little brothers and sister ever since their father left and their mother became an alcoholic. No one understands Lochan his a very tense, forsaken,bashful person, he doesn't believe in himself as much as Maya believes in him. Maya has always been there for lochan even though she has problems on trying to cope with her situation she still finds time for her brother Lochan. When do you realize that you start to love a person without thinking who they are. Lochan knows for sure this is wrong but he starts to develop feeling for Maya, it's like the blood is rushing so fast that you start to feel dizzy, all those thoughts in your mind combine together forming a explosion of love towards that person. How can something so bad feel so good? Maya feels the same way towards him. They are madly in love, they are soulmates, it's as if a positive and negative chemical were splashed together to form an unknown experiment.

 “Forbidden” was a challenge for me, when I heard the book was about incest, I didn't want to even dare read it, I know many young teenage readers won't like the idea of incest but I think you should give it a chance. I would've never thought I would read a book like this but I'm glad I did, it opened my mind to never judge a book without actually reading it. This book kept me so engaged it is beautifully written,Tabitha Suzuma put things like ‘’This whole time, my whole life, that harsh, stony path was leading up to this one point. I followed it blindly, stumbling along the way, scraped and weary, without any idea of where it was leading, without ever realizing that with every step I was approaching the light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. And now that I've reached it, now that I'm here, I want to catch it in my hand, hold onto it forever to look back on - the point at which my new life really began.” this is an example of how the author put effort on writing this book. I wouldn't change anything about the book. The book gives you a better understanding of how some people may have it worst then you and they still manage to be responsible. The book stays focus on its main idea and doesn't confuse you,unlike some other books they may confuse you. If you are not mature enough you shouldn't read this book, this is not a book for teenagers it deals with very hard topics that many teens are not able to handle. This book also contains very complex wording, which challenges you to understand the story better. This book gave me so many different emotions, it gave me happy moments, sad moments and even put me into the position of Lochan. After all how can something so good feel so guilty? I feel guilty for saying that this is an amazing book that you will not regret reading it. I will reread this book,this book has turned into one of my favorite books for this year. I hope you go to your nearest library or Barnes and Noble and buy this book because it is worth it. when meeting the author it was a different experience the author advise me to read her book that it would open my mind to want to read other types of books. Indeed the book left me with so much thinking and well now I feel like I can read any other book that relates to incest. Thus I know that it is a strange topic it is always good to explore different types of books. This may not be the book you have in mind but giving it a try would be the best.

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