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Review: Entangled by Cat Clarke

Entangled by Cat Clarke
Published by Quercus
Challenge: DAC, BBC
Source: Own copy (UK paperback)

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?
AM I GOING TO DIE?

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.


***
The thing I liked best about this book is that it was original in its ideas, concepts and execution along with being an engaging and pacey read which never left me bored or hoping something would happen.

Entangled is a story told by Grace of her recent past history as she tries to come to make sense of the situation she has found herself in. She has just woken up in a completely white room left with nothing apart from papers and pens to occupy herself with. She has no ideas where she is or how she got there. The story flits between a diary format in which Grace describes the here and now and parts when she discusses events that have happened previously in her life which mainly centre around the relationships she has with her best friend, her boyfriend and her absentee mother.

Grace is a funny main character. She isn't always all that likable, she can be very demanding and has quite a hard personality to allow you to warm to her. I actually quite liked this about her that she wasn't all sweetness and light and found finding out about her all the more interesting for it. I didn't connect as well with the other characters but they were also intriguing within themselves.

The book dealt with issues surrounding self harm in a thoughtful and insightful way which I thought was a nice touch as you got behind the psychology of why someone might self harm.

The only little niggle I had with this book was the amount of alcohol the girl consumed as a routine thing. I wasn't sure it was entirely realistic either that or I clearly must have been a tame teenager.

I loved the final part of the book where it opened up all the mystery surrounding the white room and why Grace was there. I didn't figure it out and thought it was cleverly done.

All in all a book I really enjoyed that was refreshingly different and pacey. I will be waiting eagerly to see what Cat Clarke produces next.

Comments

Aylee said…
Looking forward to this one. It sounds pretty dark.
I was also a very tame teenager apparently. I feel the same way whenever I watch Skins...
Blueicegal ♥ said…
I have been thinking about reading this for the longest. Thanks for the review! :)
Maggie said…
Hahaha, I am definitely a tame teenager, but there are some people at my school...oh man, they are wild.
I LOVE the cover of this book, which is what drew me in originally, but your review makes me want to read it even more! :D :D
Elodie said…
I loved this book and the cover is just WOW !!! Thanks for your review !! Looking forward to read the next book in the series !! =)
Cem said…
I completely adored Entangled. I was a pretty tame teenager myself, my sis not quite so much. I know a few teens who would have consumed about at much as Grace does.
Cicely said…
Great review! I'm nearly finished with this and totally see what you mean about Grace. And I'm such a tame teenager in comparison! :D
Becky said…
I loved the psychology behind Grace's character too. Such an emotional book.
This one sounds very unique! Look forward to reading it soon!
Clover said…
Loved this book so much. You're right it is very original and I thought the pacing was really well done. I really liked that Grace isn't your typical main character, lots of readers have said she's a bit unlikeable, but I really warmed up to her as it went on.. Made her so much more interesting.