Perfect for readers who enjoyed Flowers in the Attic, this is a heartbreaking and shocking novel about siblings Lochan and Maya, their tumultuous home life, and the clandestine, and taboo, relationship they form to get through it.
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 de facto 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 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.
"How to explain that this situation, the love we feel for one another everything that to others may seem sick and twisted and disgusting to us feels completely natural and wonderful and oh so, so right?" Seventeen-year-old Lochan and his sister, Maya, were born 13 months apart and share a close bond, playing the role of parents more than siblings. Their father left to start a new family and their alcoholic mother is almost never around. Despite the pressures of running a household (including her insufferable 13-year-old brother, Kit, and two younger siblings), Maya maintains a relatively normal social life, while Lochan has crippling social anxieties. Only able to depend on each other, Lochan and Maya fall in love and are forced to hide their feelings, causing abundant emotional anguish. British author Suzuma, in her U.S. debut, does an admirable job of making the siblings' romance feel believable both are repulsed, conflicted, and electrified as their relationship deepens but as the book alternates between Lochan and Maya's perspectives, it bogs down in florid language and exhaustive, melodramatic contemplation of their dilemma. Ages 14 up.
My chest hurts and I used all my tissues because of this book! Long and truthful Review.
This review is going to have very positive! But also some negative knit picky points. I’m going to start with the negatives because it’s the shortest. Some of the scenes in this book ended so abruptly and made me want more so much. The scenes would just cut off when there was so much more opportunity to put for emotion, feeling, and detail into just a conversation to the point I slightly got detached from the book. There’s fights in the book too that I felt could of been solved differently but understand this book is about two teenagers I understand the best outcome isn’t always what’s going to happen. One last thing, for the negatives, there was a lot of contradicting parts in the book. They would say they strongly believe or know something then later say they know something else. I also think Maya could of had more of personality then a over hormonal and mother type.
NOW, for the positives. It’s almost impossible to not love and hope for these characters be together even if their situation is very taboo in many states and countries. I’m very impressed on how one of the main character, Lochan, showed and portrayed his anxiety. I can deeply relate to him, when it came to anxiety and being a introvert at least, and I’m also happy that she showed the man being this way because usually it’s always the girl with the anxiety and the man “only being the strong one” when in this book it either shows them equal or Maya is the strong one. I know who ever sees this review and has read the book will all most likely agree, I wish it has a different ending but for selfish reasons. You can’t help but want them to end up happy and want a ending where the whole family is together and you what them to be together but that’s not possible in reality. The outcome is actually most likely the outcome for a situation exactly like this, sadly. My cheat started burning and I couldn’t stop crying to the point I had to stop reading the FINAL Maya portion chapter. For the last two chapter with Lochan and Final chapter for Maya, have tissues they will be needed.
I give this four stars only because of my negatives in the beginning, but let those things discourage you. This book I s amazing and I promise you won’t be disappointed in the end.
Best I've read so far
Definately one of the best books i have read...very well written, so good in fact, that i couldnt help but feel compassion and sadness for the characters, n despite their very taboo situation i really wanted them to have their happy ending...kudos to the author for having even written about such an edgy subject...not for teens under 17 and def not for people who arent open minded...a book i def will not forget, kept me thinking for quite awhile...oh n make sure u have a box of tissues near by....
Not children's fiction ...
Unless you want your children to contemplate what it would be like to have a physical relationship with a sibling. Written simply as if for children, but with a very adult theme. Be prepared for compromising situations and unrealistic scenarios. Not worth $10, maybe $3.