"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place."
- Anne Tyler
“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 feel.”
I’ve posted some photos of this book on my Instagram account and I gotb comments like “you’re are going to cry so much” or simply bunch of crying emoticons. So i told myself to prepare. It took me a week to finish this book not because it’s boring but because it’s so distressing I cannot continue reading it.
Lochan (17) and Maya (16) are siblings. They are caring for their younger siblings and play the role of being the parents in the family. Their father abandoned them and their alcoholic mother is always nowhere to be found. Lochan and Maya depend on each other most of the time until one day, they fall in love with one another.
The book is told in alternative viewpoints of Lochan and Maya. The writing style is remarkable it will make you feel their emotions and struggles. I admire how strong, weak and responsible they are as the eldest in their family.
Some may think that the idea of the story is disgusting but the thing is, the author managed to let you forget that Lochan and Maya were brother and sister. This book is not only about incest. It is also about the sacrifices and pain of facing huge responsibles at a very young age. The consequences of loving someone so much you don’t even care whether it’s illegal or not.
It’s obvious that there will be no happily ever after in the end but I was still hoping that one of them is adopted so there’s a chance that they can still be together. They just seem so perfect for each other and I am not that prepared for the ending but I think the author gave us an accurate one.
Extremely emotional, painful and tragic. I know that this story will stay with me for a long time.
I’m recommending this book to all open-minded people who wants to experience a roller coaster of emotions.