Sunday, September 25, 2011
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publication Date: May 27, 2011
Genre: young adult
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.
*may contain spoilers*
There are lots of things good and bad that can be said about this book. I can honestly say that it was daring and thought provoking in many aspects. It was breathtaking. It's a love story and a tragedy. Like Romeo and Juliet to a degree - starcrossed lovers with situations, environment, and morals bent on ending or preventing their love. I know it really shouldn't be love in a romantic sense.
Lochan, 17, and Maya, 16, have been thrown together in the parental roles of caring for themselves and their youger siblings. Lochan and Maya must care for their younger siblings: Kit - 13, Tiffin - 8, and Willa - 5. Their father has left and their alcoholic mother is there less than half the time. These things have forced these self-sacrificing kids into a love that is forbidden. Would they have felt this way if their father had stayed or their mother was a sober, loving mother? Maybe....maybe not. Maya and Lochan know their love is wrong and they fight it.
The physical pain that Lochan and Maya felt - I felt while reading their story. The ending was unpredictable. Somehow I knew I wouldn't get the ending that I wanted even if it was wrong. Really who is to say who we can love and can't love. I loved the kids from the get go. They were funny, loveable, worriesome, and a handful all put upon Maya and Lochan.
Tabitha Suzuma wrote a great story. The writing is wonderful and reads very well with alternating points of view going between Maya and Lochan. This gives us the feelings of both characters and the struggle that they are going through.