Friday 28 January 2011

Entangled by Cat Clarke

From Goodreads:
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 a table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got here.

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 dark secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction.

I devoured this book.  I started it at 9am in the morning and didn't move until I had finished it - yes it was that good!  I really,  really loved it!

The story begins with Grace held captive in a white room. She has no idea how she got there or why she is there.  Only that there is paper and pens and she is supposed to write.  So she does, and this forces her to remember -  to remember things she has been trying to forget...

I absolutely adored Grace.  Her voice was the driving force of this novel and I loved how her story unfolded.  I found myself completely immersed in it, desperately wanted to know what had happened but also savouring every moment.  Grace is such a complex character and it really works.  She's not always the nicest person to those around her but underneath that you really sense 'her' and I just wanted to hug her.  Nat and Sal were also great characters.  I loved that all three of them weren't perfect - that they all made mistakes.  It made it more honest and real, and something I could completely invest in.

I loved the whole mystery aspect as well.  Who was Ethan?  Why was she there?  But also in the story Grace tells.  You know something must have happened because of the place she was in at the beginning of the story - she tells you that much - but you don't know what happened.  I really enjoyed the pace at which we found out all the details - and what they were.  There is something very honest about it - it all makes sense in retrospect and everything just falls into place.

Not everything in this novel is answered.  As the reader we are left to make up our own minds about certain things and I found that really refreshing.  I still find myself thinking about Grace and I read Entangled weeks ago.  I just can't seem to get her out of my head.  I can honestly say I can't wait to read whatever Cat Clarke writes next!  An awesome debut!


Anonymous said...

I love books with secrets as they're so much fun to read. This book has me all sorts of curious.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Brilliant review of a brilliant book!

Lauren said...

Wonderful review, Sammee. I love this book, and I completely agree about how honest it is.

Unknown said...

I found this book so emotional and powerful. I kept second guessing what would happen next too. Great review Sammee.

Mandie said...

I loved this book, as I was reading I thought I had all the answers....but no.
They way Grace was made to remember the past and confront supressed memories made me want to know more.
I liked the way the reader was the one to decide Grace's fate at the end.


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