Welcome to Day 5 of the Forbidden Book Club!! The following is for those who have read chapters 1-20 of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. There will be spoilers up to that chapter, so do not read if you haven't read that far in the book!!Chapters 16-20:
Wow....descriptive. That may have been one of the most descriptive scenes I've read in YA.....
Lochan and Maya are alone and Maya goes "too far" (as if that hasn't already happened) for Lochan and he freaks out, saying horrible things to her. Calling her sick. She tries to understand what happened but he finally pushes her so far that she tells him she doesn't love him anymore.
Lochan has a complete and total breakdown at school. His panic attack then makes Maya tell him that she didn't mean what she said. They talk about how they can be together, but not have sex because it's illegal and the kids would be taken away. I'm glad they're at least thinking about the kids and what this will do to them. "There are no laws, no boundaries, on feelings. We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want. No one can ever take that away from us."
Tiffin seems to be taking the path of Kit, and Willa is feeling neglected by Maya. It's funny that Maya feels like she's responsible for spending time with the kids and listening to their problem, and so do they. She has completely replaced their mother. Lochan and Maya skip out of school early. They go to the park and spend the day together kissing. Lochan starts feeling upset, saying he knows this can't last. "But it's the whole world. How can we make it against the whole world?" Seems like a constant cycle of getting together, feeling bad, splitting up, something scary happening making them get back together, repeat.
They're so scared of being found out that they won't even sit together at school. "Whenever I'm away from Maya, I feel incomplete....less than incomplete. I feel like I'm nothing, like I don't exist at all." Their relationship wouldn't be good even if they weren't related. They're so co-dependent it's so unhealthy. It makes you think....you never hear about an incestuous relationship that started in a healthy environment.....
The mother....ugh! She's basically deserting them completely. Telling Lochan she never wanted all these children, basically blaming him for all her problems. Willa gets hurt "falling" off the counter and dislocating her shoulder. I'm really starting to worry and wonder about Lochan's temper. First the incident with Kit, choking him, then his verbal outburst at Maya, calling her names, and now pulling Willa so hard she slips off the counter. I'm afraid that he's about to really lose it. I just wish there was someone who could help these kids! What kind of man is he going to grow up to be? Or any of them really?
I have a hard time thinking of them as brother and sister, and I find myself wanting that, so that I can just enjoy the tension of their relationship, but then I think, I'm losing the whole point of this book. If they aren't brother and sister, there is no tension. I'm taking the easy way out, and not letting myself actually struggle with the questions this book poses. What do I believe? Is their relationship ok, or not?
What are your thoughts?
Ok, for next week, we're going to go ahead and read chapters 21-26 plus the Epilogue. It's a little bit more reading, but I'm going to give you a week to finish, since we have Christmas happening in here! :D I really enjoyed the live chat on Monday, and I'm looking forward to it again. Can everyone make a chat on next Thursday night at 10:00 EST? Let me know how that works for you!
Also, we decided at the chat, that we loved this book club so much, that we're going to continue it! We've decided to make it a traveling book club, and to keep the name Forbidden Book Club, because it sounds devious...haha. So, if you'd like to continue with us, you can vote on which book we read next on the sidebar>>>>>(if you can't see the text, just highlight it, I'm not sure what's wrong with it). If you have other suggestions, leave them in the comments, and I'll add them next time. Next month, Yara, from Once Upon a Twilight has agreed to host. After that, we'll have a sign up, and just go in order of who signs up! I'm really excited!
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