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A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she's already in love with Ryuu.
A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives...
This contemporary young adult novella takes hold of you and does not let go. You follow a young girl as she struggles through teenage love, jealousy and heartbreak, and then it is capped but a natural disaster that threatens to destroy everything for her.
Taiyo is kind of oblivious and even a little annoying in this novella but she is an interesting character to follow and I think a good example of a realistic teen. She is frustratingly naive at times but later in the story becomes so strong and resilient. The other characters were good as well, but tended to be tropes - the organized and studious one, the annoying friend, and the jock/mysterious one but they were fine for this story. Since it is such a short read I don't want to give too much detail.
The whole story, for me, was heartbreaking - the romance and the jealousy and then the disaster - I thought all was doomed. The ending, while I won't spoil, was wonderful but I felt like I wanted so much more! I love novellas and this one was very very good. I would read more from this author and I really liked her style. I was engaged and enthralled through the whole thing and that says a lot.