A few weeks ago I picked up a new YA series for my teenage daughter on a whim at Walmart. The books were marked down to $7 (for trade paperbacks) and I thought they sounded like something she would enjoy. I tend to be a rather strict parent, however, and I wanted to make sure there wasn’t anything inappropriate in this book for a 13 year old. I started reading the first book a few days ago, and finished it last night (it was hard to get into at first).
During the course of the book, the main character – a girl of 15 – starts falling in love with a boy a few years older. This is a paranormal book and I could understand why she was feeling that way about him. They shared a kiss or two, but nothing too steamy, though they were both filled with angsty feelings for one another.
But at the end of book 1 – where here had been kissing and such – they find out they are really brother and sister. Naturally they are both very disturbed by this (as was I). I figured this would be explored further in the next book, because it was a major plot point. But I didn’t expect that they would still be intimate with each other. Yes, more kissing. And not of the brotherly kind.
She felt the brush of his lips, light at first, and her own opened automatically beneath the pressure. Almost against her will she felt herself go fluid and pliant, stretching upward to twine her arms around his neck the way that a sunflower twists toward light. His arms slid around her, his hands knotting in her hair, and the kiss stopped being gentle and became fierce, all in a single moment like tinder flaring into a blaze.
Yes, that’s a kiss being shared by brother and sister. Who know they’re brother and sister. Afterward they are both bothered by their actions, but later they talk, wondering why they can’t really be together.
Although I’m not quite to the end of this book and can’t say for certain, I believe it will be proved they aren’t actually siblings. But as for right now, the moment they’re kissing and touching each other, they believe they are. And still they kiss.
While I’m sure this will all be explained later, I can’t help but be freaked out about the idea of a young girl reading this and thinking its alright to be physical in that way with your brother. In the end will it all be explained away, and the actions glossed over?
I’m feeling shades of Flowers in the Attic here. It isn’t a good feeling.