Tabitha Suzuma has crafted a harrowing, sexy, heart wrenching, and heartbreaking masterwork about one of our last remaining taboos. Lochan and Maya are the oldest children of an alcoholic, absentee mother. The burden of raising their three younger siblings has fallen upon them, and they have been forced to mature into parents. As their friendship is strengthened, and as they become dependent upon one another for survival, their parental relationship develops into a new stage: romantic love.
An alternating first-person narration immerses the reader deep inside the hearts of the characters. Suzuma takes great care to help us understand how such a situation could arise and allows us to be sympathetic for it--even root for it--though we know, just as Lochan and Maya know, that the future of a Happily Ever After is unlikely.
This is a powerful novel about love in all of its forms. About teenagers forced to become adults, and about children forced to acknowledge new parents. Particularly stressful is the second oldest boy, Kit, whose every appearance carries an impending sense of disaster.
Forbidden never let me set it down. It never let me stop worrying. And it never let me stop hoping for the best. --Stephanie Perkins
I tried to be mature throughout reading this but I just couldn't Very awkward considering that I have an older brother. The first half is better that the second half. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Raquel Najera
I have seen this everywhere for the past 4 years, since it’s publication. On Goodreads, blogs, the library, book stores. You name it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tonyalee
**I was gifted a copy of this book**
You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to... Read more
Okay, I will be honest. Okay, here it goes: I have never in my life had an ugly cry about a book. I am not kidding. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicky
Five years ago their father left to start a new life with a new family. Five years ago their mother checked out on them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ReviewerGirl
Took me forever to get into the book and I felt it was draged out way too long. HATED the ending.Published 1 month ago by Lisette Suarez
This book isn’t for everybody. I guess in that regard it isn’t really that different from any other book that has ever been written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by megamad4books