- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult) (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862308160
- ISBN-13: 978-1862308169
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A complex novel that succeeds in exploring the controversial subject of sibling incest without sensation . . . A chilling, powerfully written tale with lasting effects for both teenage and adult readers" (Jake Hope The Bookseller)
"It is sensitively written (with one quite graphic sex scene), and alternating chapters from the protagonists' point of view lets the reader get inside their heads. Recommended for very mature readers" (Inis)
"The reader is immediately involved" (Lesley Martin School Library Association)
"A harrowingly tragic story . . . Suzuma's writing is compelling and its quality beyond question but there will be many (and not just those in the "young adult" category) who will be genuinely shocked by what they are reading here" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)
"The novel's surprises continue to the very end" (Hazel Rochman Booklist USA)
Tabitha Suzuma is award-winning author who never shies away from challenging subject matter for older readers. This beautifully written, powerful new book tackles the biggest taboo of all . . .See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The story of Maya and Lochan and their forbidden love is told in alternate viewpoints, which I think adds to the depth of the book. You hear their own impressions about the situation; their own battle against their feelings; you learn it is completely consensual. They truly believe they are falling in love with each other.
The subject of the book makes for incredibly tough reading, but Suzuma handles it with sensitivity and grace. Not once did I feel that this novel had been written with sensationalism in mind, or a desire to shock. It does shock - how can it not when dealing with incest? - but you find yourself drawn into the decisions that Maya and Lochan make. At times I even found myself questioning why it would be so bad for them to start a relationship, which then made me feel very ill (I think anyone with a sibling can particularly relate to me there). This most certainly is one of the last taboos, and Suzuma brought it into the light and examined it carefully and with logical reasons for every motivation her characters had.
Suzuma does an excellent job drawing these characters: they are three dimensional, fragile and very human.Read more ›
To begin with, let me say that although this is published by Definitions as a young adult novel, I wouldn't recommend it for teenagers younger than 15 or 16 due to the extreme nature of the themes. Because yes, this is a story about the romance between a brother and sister. Don't stop reading! Because it's also so much more than that...
Lochan is seventeen. He suffers from crippling social anxiety at school, and comes home every afternoon ready to take care of his three youngest siblings: wild rebel Kit, 13, mischievous young Tiffin, and sweet Willa, 5. His mother is a neglectful, alcoholic mess who barely bothers to come home any more, and his father moved to Australia with his new wife years ago. His only ray of sunshine in this darkness is his sixteen year-old sister Maya. The two have never really been like brother and sister; they are best friends and, to all extents and purposes, parents to the three children. So when they share an unexpected kiss one night, it's like the final piece of their existence has fallen into place.
The first third of the book is mostly about the family, and the way Lochan and Maya are hanging on by a thread. They have to keep up with their school work as well as cooking, cleaning, shopping, playing, supervising homework and bedtimes, and covering for their absent mother so that Social Services won't split them up and place them in care. With Kit now old enough to rebel against his brother's authority, the situation is reaching breaking point and the tension is tangible.Read more ›
I simply read the blurb of this book on amazon and it struck me at how disgusted i was by it. Then somehow, i managed to think that maybe, a book like this would be good... different. More thought provoking.
I ordered it, it arrived. However this book seemed to have this horrible dark aurora, fed by the barbed wire illustration on the front. Just looking at the book made me feel strange. Like it had a life of its own. Harry Potter probably felt this way when he looked upon one of Voldemorts Horcrux's for the first time. Somehow, something about this book just seemed eerie.
I read every single unread book i had, purposely - subconsciously - putting off this book. The dark, sinister, dangerous-looking book just sat on my shelf, awaiting me. After i ran out of books to read, i turned to this one. Curiosity mainly was what i was running on. I knew nothing of the book except it was a love story. Between... a brother and sister?
Surprisingly, once i began the first chapter, it dawned on me that this was in fact, a book like any other. A family. neglecting parents. I've come across this kind of story before.
I was wrong.
It wasn't necessarily whilst i was reading the book that the strongest emotions towards it would form. It was when i sat back and really thought about what i'd just read. The book made it seem... not normal... but acceptable... In this situation.
It was the disgust gnawing at the back of my mind that fed the emotion behind this story to heights that not much books have ever achieved. I was disgusted, then ashamed of being disgusted, and then upset at how hard it would be for the characters in this story, because my prejudice was the enemy here.Read more ›
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‘Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Perusing Princesses Blog
I can't put into words how this book made me feel. The uncomfortable blurb does not do it justice. This story will definitely stay with me for a while.Published 1 month ago by SuperStarks
Excellently written book. Made a taboo subject human and totally believable. I wanted them to do the wrong thing. I cried and cried.Published 2 months ago by Sue
It has taken me a while to write my review of this book as I really wasnt sure what to write or how. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patricia
I only read this novel for a book club. I enjoyed the story but I didn't believe the premise.Published 3 months ago by Nhrainey79
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It took me three days before I could even start to write this review and honestly I am still struggling to put my thoughts on paper. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book in wonderland
This book is a book about incest. This was my main preconception about this book when I first picked it up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by em23