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Raw, sad and beautiful a stunning book !!!!!!
on 22 May 2016
So where do you start to begin to review this book. Raw, tragic, immensely sad and draining but also beautiful, so very well written and sensitively dealt with for a subject that is so taboo.
Lochan and Maya are the eldest of the children in a family neglected by their drunken, slob of a mother who no longer cares about them enough to even come home and see them anymore, to take care of them and love them like a mother should. Their father left when they were younger to start a new life with someone he met and hasn't been in their lives for years. Lochan and Maya have had to take on the parental responsibilities of their sister and brother's Kit, Tiffen and 5 year old Willa. They do all the cooking , cleaning, taking the children to school and also try to manage on very little money their mother throws their way when she can be bothered and in doing all this they too have to go to school and keep up with their homework. The pressure is immense added to the fact that Lochan at only 17 has a crippling social debility in connecting to people and conversing with anyone outside of his family. My heart ached for these two young people, that at an age so young they have been placed in a situation that gave them no choice but to carry on this awful way of life and it really upset me reading about the daily struggles they both had to contended with.
With them growing up so closely and taking on these responsibilities they have become the parents, and grown extremely close, Lochan is Maya's best friend in the whole world and they love each other dearly. They are much more than just brother and sister and when one day they kiss, things escalate from there.
To be honest It didn't shock me, I think I was more concerned with the way they were living than with an incestuous relationship developing. I actually could grasp the reasons why - it all made sense when you get into the story but the outcome of course is so different.
The characters are so well developed and I gravitated towards them so easily, I didn't want the book to end and I was holding my breathe through some of the later chapters as you know full well that them ending up happily ever after is a rare occurrence given the situation and nothing could have really prepared me for the ending of this book. I didn't cry like some people have said they did, to be honest I think I was too stunned to cry and just sad, really sad that this whole situation fell upon shoulders so young.
A really emotional, raw book that I think should be read because maybe just maybe this is not so unusual as we all think in this world we live in and who are we to judge anyway. It certainly had me thinking and I commend the author for her work. A must read !!!!!!!