Entangles is set in a totally white room with a pill of paper and pens set out for Grace to write. She doesn’t remember why she is there but the mysterious Ethan is keeping her fed and encouraging her to write about the events of the past few months leading to where she is now. As she writes we learn about her life. She writes about her best friend Sal and how their friendship is tested after one Easter holiday. We learn about her rocky relationship with her mother after her beloved father’s death and she talks about fallen in love for the first time. Things are tough for Grace though and her way of dealing with the many issues that are being thrown at her isn’t healthy. It is as she pushes herself to write about her past that we learn about how what all seemed good fell apart for her and she finally remembers exactly what happened to her and where she really is.
When I first started reading this book I was interested by how it was written. Grace talks about her situation in the white room with Ethan, who she seems to remember and be close to but can’t quite understand, and about her past. Ethan encourages her to remember and although it is hard she pushes herself to allow us and her to understand what has happened. It is a story about dealing with the hardships of life. She is struggling with her fathers death and her insecure relationships, all these things lead her into a depression she can’t deal with.
This book deals with very intense issues and shouldn’t be read by younger readers but I think it is well written and a very interesting approach to complicated issues.