Release Date: June 28th, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Details: 454 pages, hardcover
Source: S&S Galley Grab (Thank you S&S!)
Rating: 5 out of 5
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.
o0.| My Thoughts |.0o
When people said this novel was emotional and heartbreaking, I couldn't imagine why. The idea of what it's based on is so taboo and on all sorts of level's of wrong. Yes, I admit, I went in with a very closed mind.
And I was wrong.
Though the idea is wrong and taboo, you can't help but find yourself cheering Lochan and Maya on. You can't help but find yourself wishing there was a way that they could be together and that they could celebrate their love openly and how unfair it is for them. Forbidden will grab at your heart and tug.
Of all the characters, I loved Lochan the most. He's so much stronger than he gave himself credit for. Selfless, protective, caring, he cared for his siblings even though he didn't have to. If anything happened to any of his siblings he would be there, in a heartbeat. The way an older brother should be. You could tell just how much he loved and cared for his family. He protected Maya the only way he knew how and there are no words that could express just how selfless and amazing that is. I wish he had a happier ending, because he definitely deserved one.
Of all the characters, I hated their mother the most. When one of the kids where hurt, she didn't bother to stop by or check up on them. When she did stop by the house, she would complain about spending time with her own children. It was sickening. How could someone treat their own children so cruel? How could someone really care that less about their own babies? She literally made me sick. She should be ashamed of herself, leaving all that responsibility to Lochan and then having the nerve to talk bad about him when her own mental state is fucked up. At least his father went places instead of hiding behind powerful people! Oh dear goodness she made me so angry! And how dare she try to protect Maya from Lochan, how dare she NOW care. I'm sure the only reason why she did was because it would serve her some attention too. Freakin attention whore. God I hate her!
Don't let the premise of the novel drive you away from reading this novel. It's an epic story about a messed up family trying to get by, a taboo but beautiful love and the sacrifices that sometimes just happen. It's a story I guarantee you will never forget.
P.S. Is it just me or did anyone else think that the book ended a little suddenly? Or did I miss something?