Dusty Reads - Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Giselle at Xpresso Reads where we 
spotlight a book sitting in our TBR pile.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

This is one of my Dusty Reads. I've had the book on my shelf for over a year now. What left it there was the topic of incest. That's pretty gross in itself but I've been intrigued by all the good reviews coming in that I thought I would, at last, give it a try. Without the gross factor.

This book is heartbreaking. Simple as. The writing is beautiful and absolutely captures the feelings and emotions of Lochan and Maya. At sixteen and seventeen they live their lives as adults, looking after the day to day routines of their siblings, looking out for each other, badgering their non-existent mother to pay the bills, sharing housekeeping chores etc. They aren't like brother and sister, they've grown up side by side one another all their lives so are more like best friends or soul mates. This is the emphasise that should be in mind when you read this book.

The ending is a shocker, I almost cried. It's a contemporary YA so not one I would have picked out normally but is definitely one I'll remember.

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