So today I'm going to talk about the book, Entangled. It's a book I read a couple of years ago but the story still sticks with me; if something sticks with you that long and you find yourself still thinking about it years later, it's a great book.
The main character Grace is an ordinary teenage girl, she's not beautiful or glamorous (you might be seeing a pattern here in my taste in books) She is a normal girl who gets upset over boys and has a normal best friend. Only the whole way the story is told is not something I expected.
You know she's been taken because it describes most of the event at the very beginning of the book; however who she is taken by was quite surprising. Where she is kept is described as white with not much furniture. There's a man who looks after her, a good looking man who would normally have no business kidnapping women. She's told to write down everything about the last few years of her life; to me the whole book tells a tale of what a normal teenage girls life is like or what it can be like. Grace is not the most conservative girl, she has sex a lot. Her best friend never had. It causes a conflict because Grace pressures her into losing her virginity, Grace isn't necessarily a great role model; but she was pressured into sex herself. She wouldn't have known the difference, to her it could have been normal because nobody ever told her different.
The thing is is that even yes Grace is not a great role model, she cannot entirely be to blame. Nobody taught her self respect, nobody taught her to value herself. So when she doesn't she gets called a slut and she has no idea why, nobody told her it was a bad thing and nobody was there.
This to me is one of the main things in the book that got to me more than the actual story line. She didn't know any different and so she did what those around her did, those who maybe were in the same boat and had no guidance.
The reason Grace was in the white room is down to her, she was not kidnapped. It was her subconscious. She tried to kill herself. Her best friend was sleeping with her boyfriend. She was in a coma and the man was a figment of her imagination. She had to remember everything to figure out how she got into that position in the first place. To learn from her mistakes.
In general the book is really well written and I love that the main character had so many flaws, it made it feel real rather than a perfect little girl with no real issues because that is not reality and I think we need more of this kind of books; this is the kind of book a teenage girl might read and not feel bad about herself because she might not be stick thin or beautiful with clear skin with long flowing hair. If you are one of those girls, great; but do not take it for granted. Be mindful that whatever you have, another girl could be looking at you wishing they had what you do. It's not a bad thing to be beautiful, but beauty is only skin deep if you are not humble enough to appreciate what you have.
That's my review on Entangled by Cat Clarke :)
Let me know of your favourite not as well known authors and I'll check them out, always looking for new authors to read :)
Until next time guys :D