Forbidden (Google eBook)
A shocking, heartbreaking story of taboo romance that’s as compelling as it is controversial.
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 de facto 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 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.
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I loved this book right up until the end which I found completely unbelievable. I posted my final thoughts in a budy read and I am going to copy and paste them into a spoiler tag here, don't read it unless you have finished the book! [ what the hell was that? That was the stupidest ending ever and I'm not just saying that because it was unhappy, I expected an unhappy ending. If it is a good ending I enjoy unhappy endings sometimes, there is nothing wrong with a good tragedy and that's not why I don't like it. For one thing how did kitt get the mother to come home when they have all been trying that the entire book? Whatever though, I expected them to get caught and they did even if it was under unbelievable circumstances. Next issue is when the hell did they decide to have sex? Don't get me wrong I am glad they did, I loved that part and was happy for them but it was unbelievable. I know all the reasons they decided not to have sex and those where believable but then all of a sudden she asks him if he got the condom and he says yes. What made them change their minds and why was it not written about. I honestly don't believe that they would have changed their minds about it with the fear of the consequences. I do believe that in the heat of the moment they both may have decided to go all the way but I don't believe they would have planned it for one second. Now on to my real problem with the ending, why the fuck would they say he raped her? Because they would both go to jail if it was consensual? Bullshitt!!!!!!! Even if consensual incest does carry jail time there is no way in hell that maya would serve any. She is 16 and not a legal adult! Worst case scenario is that lochan gets charged with statutory rape and incest, but there is no way they would both be arrested. And that's if they said it was consensual, why not get dressed and watch tv and act surprised when the police busted in? Obviously the police would believe that she hadn't just been raped due to the fact she is not curled up in a fetal position somewhere rocking back and forth bawling her eyes out. Tell them that their mother is an alcoholic, so what? They won't be taken away just for that. If they told the police she had abandoned them then yea probably but I doubt they would be taken away over one report of her being an alcoholic. And even if they did get taken away, lochan is 18 now and can be their legal guardian. I said earlier that I could imagine happy ending but they where not believable, well this crap ending was a billion times less believable than any happy ending that I had imagined.
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Pros: * Well developed characters * Well developed world * Carefully crafted story Cons: * Subject matter * Screaming, "how could you make me care about these people so much!" * Leads to odd googling This is a young adult novel that crushed my adult heart. I feel abused and trifled with. I tried to steel my heart against Lochan and Maya. I read the jacket cover, I knew what was coming. I figured if I could get through Flowers in the Attic with just a few guffaws and WTFs, I could make it through this. I couldn't. I cared about the characters. Not just in the way you care whether the heroine would end up with the bad boy love interest, but whether or not there would be food on the table or if they would make it through the next week. Then... the *&%$!ing ending. It was painful, but really the only way the story could resolve. I mean, this is the cruel thing that the reader knows, that their fantasies of running off and living together were childish notions. Also, this book will leave you with questions. Don't google them. Seriously, just don't. There are some weird ass people on the internet.