Brianne is fifteen and lives a normal teenage life with her parents, her brother Tom, and his best friend Travis. Okay, maybe Travis isn’t her most favourite person. In fact Brianne wouldn’t hesitate to state she hates Travis with everything in her being. But he is Tom’s friend, her beautiful angelic brother’s best friend actually, so she endures him.
But then Tom is taken away from the family through an accident and Brianne isn’t sure how well she can survive without her best friend. She fears being alone especially since her parents are off in their own mournful world without her. But then Travis steps up — before passing, Tom asked him to take care of Brianne so she will never be alone — and Travis intends to keep that promise the rest of his life. Now Brianne sees Travis in a light she never thought possible. But where can it all lead?
Characters & Development
The story focuses on Brianne, Travis, and their budding relationship. Brianne is a sixteen year old girl who loves the colour green, Drew Barrymore’s Ever After, and the favourite English classic Romeo and Juliet. Although she attempts to be positive it can be difficult with the loss of her brother and her ever mirage of parents.
But she’s trying. She’s trying to come to terms with losing Tom. She’s trying to continue her life even though there’s a large part of her missing now. It isn’t easy but she does have Travis stepping up – despite how weird but kind that feels to her sometimes.
Travis himself has a story he isn’t willing to tell. He’s nearly seventeen and is “extremely rich”. New cars every day, disappearing back home to Paris every other month, and since losing his best friend Tom, he has closed himself off emotionally. Once he had been mischievous and annoying (if asking Brianne) but now that has all been sucked away.
I won’t lie though, his character is a tad cliche. A rich kid who turns off his emotions after an accident? Who also has family issues he doesn’t want to open up about but has a soft spot for the only person who reminds him of his deceased best friend? But then again, not all cliches are unlikable.
Even so, there’s always room for character development and it does happens.
Over time of course they begin to fall for each other without being honest about their true feelings (or even being aware of them). Brianne and Travis become important parts of each others lives… a sort of relationship too deep to sever.
I was happily surprised about their development — I wasn’t expecting too much of it if I’m going to be honest. But the two grow up with each other quite literally. They become each other’s better halves in more ways than one.
Overall Rating & Final Thoughts
Interwined has promise to develop into a strong story about love and overcoming obstacles. Although a tad cliche since it initially starts when the two protagonists are still in high school, there is a very real love story behind the character and plot development.
The unique way in which the story is told held my interest because it spans through time. As the reader, we’re shown moments of their lives as Travis and Brianne grow. Each moment is important because they begin to realize things about themselves, each other, and their relationship — each scene is written for a reason.
It’s definitely sweet, with the two protagonists Brianne and Travis coming to terms with their loss, and the not-exactly-platonic feelings between the two. They learn how to let each other into their lives, how to understand their emotions and realize they are not a weakness. Kaye executes all of these things and more extremely well in Intertwined, and so because of that I’m rating 7 out of 10 – also because I do not have the finalized copy thus far.
Jerilee Kaye shows how love, friendship, trust and strength and development from the strangest of places (and people) without warning. But most importantly, not every tragedy has to be the end of the story.