It's day 6, our final day of The Forbidden Book Club. If you haven't read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, DO NOT READ this post. It is full of major spoilers!!! Seriously!! For everyone else, I've had such a great time doing this, and I'm so glad we've decided to continue with other books! This was a TOUGH end to a TOUGH book. Can't wait to see what you have to say.
Lochan and Maya spend the night together "only touching". It's funny how people in love/lust can delude themselves. All I can think is, there's no way this is going to stop here. At some point they're going to go too far. They continue pretending during the day, and saving the nights for each other. Secretly sleeping in Maya's room.
The next few chapters were my favorites to read. The calm before the storm, you could say. The children seem like they are really learning how to live together and take care of each other. The five of them played "British Bulldog" and other games. Even Kit has joined in the fun, and seems to be letting himself be a kid again. And to love Lochan and Maya again.
"We no longer expect anything from mum, so we are no longer disappointed." Maya and Lochan have truly become the parents. "As a family we are now complete." I think this is such a sad statement, but the best they can hope for. I hate that they have such a heartless, cruel, selfish mother, but I'm glad that they have been able to take care of each other.
Lochan is getting some confidence. He's actually made a friend at school, and read in front of the class. He and Maya talk about themselves and why they fell in love, and would they have if they didn't have neglectful parents. Talk about insightful. I love that they actually had the conversation with each other that we've been having about them! Would they have fallen in love if they had normal parents? I tend to think not. That they have come to be so reliant and codependent because of the situation they're in. If they had normal parents, they probably would have felt like and fought like normal brother and sister. But there's no way to know!
More family time which I love. Karaoke. Kit coming around. Maya and Lochan wishing for more time together. This was the part where I wished so much that Lochan and Maya could see that if they continue down this path, only bad things would happen. Whether or not it's fair or right, what they're doing is illegal, and if they break the law, it will have such a huge impact on not only them, but also their siblings. Yes, it sucks to have to stay away from the person you think you're in love with, but sometimes you have to think of more than just yourself.
Kit goes off to "camp" and Willa and Tiffin go to stay the night with a friend. Maya and Lochan have the whole day alone. Following was the most graphic sex scene I've ever read in YA, by far. Wow, wow, wow. I guess if you're going to conquer such a controversial subject, you might as well go all the way (so to speak). I knew this was going to happen, but I can't believe they did it!!!! How could Lochan take such a risk? Even if they weren't brother and sister, isn't 16 under the legal consent age? It is in the US, not sure about the UK.
OMG their Mom finds them, and Locan takes the blame, Maya's in shock and Kit ends up being the one who told on them. Poor Kit!!!! That scene where he's running after the police car broke my heart to pieces! Lochan tries to convince the police that he raped Maya, and of course Maya won't say that. Lochan believes the only way he can save his family is to kill himself. I seriously did NOT see this coming. I know I should have, I'm normally pretty perceptive, but I actually thought he was going to escape and disappear for the rest of his life. *face palm*
Maya then contemplates killing herself. I have to say, I am so glad she decided not to do it. While Lochan's suicide (though totally unnecessary) was to save his family, Maya's suicide would have been to save herself.
As the story ends, and Maya and Kit are swinging Willa between them, all I can think is that we're leaving them right where we started. Only now a 13 year old is the father instead of an 18 year old. I'm not saying that Maya and Kit will develop those feelings for each other, but how horrible is it that 16 year old Maya and 13 year old Kit are now responsible for two little children.....indefinitely?
This was just such a heart breaking and tragic story, and I still don't know how I feel about the whole thing. I have so many thoughts, I could go on and on. I guess it's good we're having a chat! Tabitha has asked to join our chat tonight, so we'll be starting a little early. We'll meet here on the blog at 9:00 EST. Tabitha will join us until 10:00, then we can chat some more after she heads off to bed (it's 5 hours later in the UK). I've had so much fun doing this, guys! Thank you so much for all your support and chatting and for taking the plunge with me. This has reminded me how much fun reading can be when you have friends to do it with! See you tonight!