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. There is so much wrong in the world Suzuma has created. The mother is a floozy who wants to be rid of her motherly responsibilities, the younger son is rebelling, and the two eldest have to hold the family together while fighting their growing feelings for one another.
Lochan, the eldest son, has always tried to do right for the family. Though it has led to his stunted social skills and undeniable social anxiety. Maya helps support Lochan, and is allowed to see the real him that the outside world doesn’t know. Forced together by circumstance, is it any wonder these two hardworking teens fell in love?
You can’t expect a happy ending with a book like this. But Suzuma carefully crafted a world where the reader is easily torn between the moral rights of society and the understanding that these were just two people who fell in love. I can’t say it was a great read as I’m still torn about it, but it was definitely worth reading. I definitely recommend this for anyone who isn’t afraid to read about something taboo in polite society and willing to put their heart on the line for two teens who aren’t destined for happiness.
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