Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: There really is no words to describe the effect this book has had on me. Going into it, I knew it was dark – it’s about two siblings in love with each other – but I was totally unprepared for the feelings and emotions it would invoke in me.
Lochan and Maya are the two oldest kids, but since their mum is totally neglectful, all the responsibilities are left to Lochan and Maya. For the majority of their lives, they’ve been basically raising the three younger kids – Kit, Willa and Tiffin – by themselves, and become something of surrogate parents for the wee ones. Their relationship is more best-friends than brother and sister, which then leads to something more.
I accidentally found out the ending online, and thus my heart was breaking the whole way through the book, since I knew how this taboo but yet extremely intense relationship would end up. That didn’t stop me from reading it though, because quite frankly, Lochan and Maya have a relationship equivalent to that of Romeo and Juliet’s, but with so much more passion and love in it.
I love that the author made Lochan socially awkward and not the dominant one in the relationship. I think I would have responded to the book differently if he had been the dominant one, but instead he’s sweet, and romantic, but quiet, and I just loved him. That’s why the ending just made me like this:
I honestly haven’t been this affected by a book since…I can’t even remember the last time a book hit me so hard. Now I am going to have to read lots and lots of fluffy romantic books to get over this damn book.
If you like dark, and intense reads, this book is for you, but if you’re likely to be triggered by suicide, incest, or neglect, then don’t read this. Anyone else has to read this amazing book. I wish I could give it much more than 5 stars.