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Oh. Oh wow. Okay, so I am already a HUGE fan of ML Sparrow, but this one kicked it up a notch. Beautiful storytelling, as is usual for her, this book centered on well developed characters set in the middle of a real life tragedy. It went from normal teenage dramas from daily life, to tragedy striking without warning. And the emotions that Taiyo went through felt really real and genuine, and OMG I just don't even know what else to say. I cried a little, my heart stopped a little, this is just amazing, and I recommend it to literally anyone that likes to read at all. So well done!
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5 out of 5 stars
The story A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow is a young adult/coming of age book. This story takes place in Japan right before and then after a natural disaster. The story revolves around Taiyo and her friends Ryuu and Kairi who are twin brothers. They attend the same school and have had a long-time friendship. Then things start to change when Kairi starts dating Taiyo who then discovers that she is really in love with Ryuu. What happens next can only be described as chaotic. Will these three friends finally realize what is really important in their lives?
This is a very interesting story. I found it in some ways light-hearted as the characters are friends and banter back and forth with each other. Then in other ways, it has a deeper meaning. It shows the effect that lies and deceit can have on your friendships, especially with those that you love the most and even if the lies are told to spare their feelings. I enjoyed the characters of Ryuu and Taiyo. Both of them are going along and have always thought of themselves as best friends until situations happen that makes it clear they both like each other. This begins a series of events that not only causes them pain but others as well. All of this is set before the earthquake that happens in Japan on March 11th, 2011 and then continues after. This story had me going from laughing to sadness and from anxiety to disbelief. This is the first book I have read by the author and I like her style of writing. I can’t wait to read more of her books. I had the book finished quickly and while I wanted to know how it ends, I couldn’t help but wish it was a little longer. It is a book that had me thinking of both the story and the characters after I had finished.
The story is set in a small Japanese town in the early months of 2011 and follows Taiyo, our heroine, who is a 17 year old high school junior along with her friend Kairi and his twin brother Ryuu. The three have grown up together and are pretty much inseparable. The first part of this book is filled with high school drama typical for any 17 year old life. Taiyo is in love with Ryuu but dating his brother Kairi, while in an effort to move on Ryuu dates one of Taiyo’s friends, Ayu. Because she doesn’t want to hurt anyone Taiyo makes matters worse by lying to everyone, and as the lies start to come faster and faster Taiyo ends up making a mess of things.
While trying to resolve the situation something even more catastrophic occurs changing the course of everyone’s life as they know it, the earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan in March of 2011. The author did a tremendous job of making the earthquake and tsunami come to life, I could see myself running alongside Taiyo as the ocean water was coming up on us, I could literally hear the people calling for help, I was freezing alongside Taiyo on the apartment building roof while waiting for help to come and I was there with her when she was helping the volunteers in the days following the disaster.
If I were going to change anything about this book it would be to make it longer. I enjoyed the build-up in the beginning of the book, but I truly was overwhelmed by the aftermath of the tsunami. What insight into what a person will do to when forced to deal with extraordinary circumstances, the strength alone it takes to go back day in and day out to help when all you really want to do is give up. Thank you M.L. Sparrow for giving me a glimpse into that fateful day in Japanese history, it is something I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
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The story A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow is a Young Adult story set in Japan in 2011. I love Sparrows books.Read more
by M. L. Sparrow
My 4 Star Review
A Tangled Web is a perfect book for young adult readers, it contains no sexual scenes and no violence at all.Read more