Welcome back Forbidden members!! For those that don't know, this is the official meeting place of A Forbidden Book Club. Today we will be discussing chapters 1-5 of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma! If you haven't read the first 5 chapters, today won't be too much of a spoiler if you still want to join and catch up.
Chapters 1-5 Summary:Wow, this book starts off throwing punches! I feel SO BAD for all those kids, and especially for Lochan. Their mother is the worst kind of selfish!! I just want to slap her!! And it's so interesting that kids instinctively want to stay with their mothers, and their siblings. Even though it may not be what's really best for them, they'll do anything to stay together. Lochan and Maya act more like the mother and father of the other kids, than siblings.
In the first chapters, we're introduced to Lochan, Maya, Kit, Tiffin and Willa (or Walla, my ARC switches back and forth, so can someone who has a finished copy let me know which it is? :) The chapters switch back and forth between Lochan and Maya's point of view. It starts out with Lochan at school. We see how paralyzed he is at school, not being able to carry on conversations or really even look people in the eye. In the past he's been bullied, but now people pretty much ignore him, except for the occasional girl, who thinks he's cute and try to strike up conversations with him. Of course this terrifies him, and when he tries to speak, he stutters, making him feel even more pathetic.
Maya has a much easier time at school and seems to be pretty well liked, but she can't help but be preoccupied with Lochan and their home life. Their mother is a drunk, and their father is absent, leaving Lochan and Maya to take care of their younger siblings. Kit, the middle child, is starting to rebel and resents Lochan for taking his father's place. Their mother is so hung over that she forgets she had someone pick up the little kids from school, and Lochan and Maya are in a panic trying to find out what happened to them, worried they've been kidnapped, and if they ask for help, someone may take them away and split them all up. This entire incident, plus Kit blowing up again, and their mom going out, again, with her boyfriend to get drunk, send Lochan into a downward spiral of feelings of inadequacy.
The only thing that helps, are Maya's words to him, "You're not just my brother, you're my best friend."
Maya and her friend get Lochan to go out with them (reluctantly) after school. Though he is uncomfortable, things seem to be going well. Lochan is even able to carry on a conversation. Until a group from school comes in and sits with them. Lochan can't handle the crowd or the attention, so he takes off, and Maya follows, trying to comfort him. When the chapter ends, they have decided to take a walk at Chelsea Harbor.
I'm so curious about why Lochan is so paralyzed at school, and with others outside his family. Is it just how horrible his parents are, or is there something else that's happened to him? I have to admit, I keep looking for hints of the relationship we all know is to come, and it makes me wonder how differently I would have read this book if I didn't know where it was headed.
Ok, I'm going to shut up now, and see what you guys have to say! I'll write more in the comments. You have until Thursday to read chapters 5-10, then come back and chat about them! Then I think next Monday we should have a live chat. Is 10pm EST too late for everyone? If it is, then I may need to do Tuesday night instead. Just let me know in the comments! Follow and use the Twitter hashtag #ForbiddenBookClub for more fun!