Author : Tabitha Suzuma
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Star Rating : 4 ****
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 sister.
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 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 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.
Okay, I'm going to get real with you guys, this book does revolve around the very sensitive topic of incest and if you aren't comfortable with reading this type of book I wouldn't force you to read it at all. As well as this I would like to make it clear that I would advise that nobody under the age of 18 or very mature 17 year olds read this book just because of the sensitive topic. However, it is entirely up to you whether you decided to read this book or not.
Personally, I was a little cautious about reading this book because I will admit I didn't know what to expect or how I would react to the issues presented in the book. However, numerous people had recommended it to me and I thought that I would just take the plunge and read it.
This book is beautifully written and you do find yourself rooting for the main protagonists Lochan and Maya and it was interesting because I never really saw them as a brother and a sister when I was reading their story. It felt like I was reading the story of an unconventional family of course, but I saw Lochan and Maya more as 'the mum' and 'the dad' rather than 'the brother' and 'the sister' and in this way you become kind of disconnected with the idea that they are siblings and start to become more accustomed to thinking that they are just a struggling family with a lot of love to give but no one to give it to. This book presents us with a blossoming, innocent love that is completely wrong in the eyes of others and that is torn apart by people who don't know the circumstances and situations surrounding this love.
My only criticism is that at some points the storyline did fall flat a little which is why I have dropped the book one star however, I think that this book is definitely one I'll be re-reading in the future and I hope it continues to teach me that love has no boundaries and sometimes that a good thing but, not always.
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