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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!
Bob says: all the Platypires and stars. ALL OF THEM!
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.
This was the first thing I've read by this author and I have to say, it was an absolute delight to read.
Set just before, during and after the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan a few years back, the book follows the life of young teenager, Taiyo, who becomes caught up in a web of lies when she finds herself torn between two boys - twin brothers with whom she has been friends with for most of her life.
As Taiyo finds her lies becoming ever and ever more involved in her bid to avoid hurting anyone's feelings, her world is quite literally rocked by one of the biggest natural disasters in all Japan's history as Taiyo finds herself coming close to losing everything she loves...
This was a short read but one that was nonetheless highly intense. The characters were highly believable, memorable and well crafted, and it is a testament to Miss Sparrow's writing that after only a few pages, I almost felt like I knew them - so quickly was I absorbed into their world.
If I had one complaint, it was that I thought the book was too short and I thought that at some points, M.L Sparrow could have gone into more detail about the tsunami and it's after effects considering they play such a crucial role in the story, but this was a small aside. Also, I would have liked to know about what happened to the characters after the story ended, but the truth is, Miss Sparrow here has managed to do what so many authors spend their whole career trying to do and then miserably failing - leaving her audience craving more.
Like I say, this was the first thing I had read by Miss Sparrow - who describes herself as an author who refuses to restrict herself to one specific genre, instead choosing to write whatever she feels like at the time - but you know what, I'd happily read her again and in the end, who can ask for a better recommendation than that?
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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
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A Tangled Web is a perfect book for young adult readers, it contains no sexual scenes and no violence at all.Read more