by Tabitha Suzuma
by Tabitha Suzuma
Summary: 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.
Warning, bad metaphor comin' up: Reading this book felt kind of like knowing a train was going to crash but getting on it anyway for the thrill of the journey.
Basically, the book was fantastic but it's one of the saddest, most heartbreaking books I've ever read -- Romeo and Juliet have nothing on Lochan and Maya, in this book the love they had for each other felt so real that it almost jumped off the page and it was the true definition of forbidden.
"At the end of the day it's about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we exstinguish ourselves." -- Page 207
Whenever I watch movies like Titanic, there's always this part of me that is hoping with everything in me that the story will end differently -- of course, that never happens. It can never happen.
This book was my Titanic, I knew it wasn't going to end well from the very first page (because these stories rarely do) but I got so attached to the characters that I was mentally pleading with the author to make things different for them... but of course, the book is already written and the characters fates are already set in stone.
The book was really emotionally draining -- I absolutely adored Lochan and I could really relate to his characters social anxiety, I wanted so badly to take his pain away, that's how real he became to me. All of the characters were very real and their lives are realistic: some unfortunate people in the world really do live like that. Sad, but true. (Their parents made me so beyond angry and I think it's the fact that there are parents in the world really like that, that made me react so strongly to it.)
I'm not sure if I'm glad I read this book or not, it's one of those ones that has gotten under my skin and it's going to stick with me for a really long time... which wouldn't be a bad thing, except it's so sad, thinking about the story hurts. It managed to really make me think about the whole issue of incest in a way that I never have before.
I mean, I've said before that I have this warped fascination with reading stories about it because it's like the ultimate forbidden romance, but this book really made me think about where I stand on the issue in real life.
It made me realise that my "love is love" motto that I apply to things like gay marriage should also apply to this as well. It's terrible that we live in a world where society can tell us who we should or shouldn't love -- or even throw us in jail for it.
Not wanting them to have kids thing is completely justified because of the health risks to the children,* but just stopping them from being together? They're not hurting anyone, it should not be a crime -- people don't have to like it or approve of it, but that doesn't mean they should have the right to control it either.
Sorry, getting a bit carried away. But yeah, the book is really brilliant... I mean, it left me feeling like my emotions had been put through a shredder, but it was so well written with characters you can't help but latch onto and it really makes you think.
If you're grossed out by stories about incest, I still suggest you give this book a chance, maybe it'll change your perspective on the issue. Most people can't view the issue in an objective way, they can't get past the feelings they have for their own relatives to be open minded enough to accept the fact that some people can feel anything different towards a member of their family.
I guess that's all I can say.
Oh, except: please be warned that this book isn't one of those YA books that sugar coats things because the author/publisher doesn't think teens are mature enough to handle reading about sex or people swearing... when I said the book is realistic, I meant it (and that is just one more thing that makes it so fantastic).
*I'm not 100% sure on the statistics when it comes to birth defects in children of siblings. If it is a high risk, then I think it's selfish to have a child under those circumstances when there are other options like adoption or sperm/egg donors--they could still be parents, I don't think that right should be taken away. (I had said not "allowing" them to have children before, when I really meant not wanting them to have children).
p.s. Rating systems for books, yay or nay? When I write certain reviews, like this one, I always feel like I'm being kind of unclear of how positive/negative my opinion of it was, I think maybe ratings might help (this book is definitely 5/5 stars, for the record). But yeah, do you like ratings?