Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: Entangled by Cat Clarke

Title: Entangled
Author: Cat Clarke
Genre: Young Adult 
Rating: 4 stars!
Format: Paperback, 375 pages
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 987-1-84916-394-1
Source: Bought (from The Book Depository)

Other Details: Currently on my Swap-List

The same questions whirl round and round in my head: 
What does he want from me? 
How could I have let this happen? 
17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see? Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.

My Thoughts.. 

Grace sees him. 
Sitting on the swing in the park. She doesn't want him around for this. Grace walks over, intending to talk to him, to get him to leave before she kills herself.

Entangled is a deeply emotional story of a girl who has some really bad things happen to her. 
Grace is writing this book, in this weird white room where all she's left with are pens and three whole reams of blank paper. She tells her heart wrenching story of how she came to the point of suicide, of the months of deceit that led up to that night in the park.

Grace was just trying to live her life happily, with her amazing best friend, Sal, and her caring and sexy boyfriend, Nat. But Grace knew Sal had a secret she wouldn't reveal, and much later she realises Nat could be hiding something from her as well. 

Secrets turn to lies faster than the speed of light in this young Scottish author's debut novel. 
This is not, in my opinion, a light read whatsoever. There is a lot of pain and hurt involved, severe levels of pain haunting Grace physically and mentally.

Cat Clarke wrote this story so brilliantly, it addresses the heavier issues so intricately and delicately. I was actually able to empathise with Grace's addiction with cutting. I won't go into that part too much but it is a major issue. There were even some light jokes weaved in throughout the novel which had me giggling (I love British humour) and the story unfolded so well I could barely put the book down to eat or pee, let alone sleep. (TMI?)

This was a definite page turner, and so deserving of four big bright, purple stars.

1 comment:

Abbey said...

Great review
I think i might have to read this
i kind of like mixing up heavy reads with lighter reads during a week.
- abbeys bookshelf