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Tangled up in Daydreams    by Rebecca Bloom order for
Tangled up in Daydreams
by Rebecca Bloom
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HarperCollins, 2004 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

When Molly Stern meets Liam McGuire, she instantly falls in love. They enter into a beautiful relationship that develops problems after Liam begins dabbling in drugs. When it becomes an addiction that gets out of control, Molly can't take it any more.

Showing up at her parents' house, Molly doesn't tell them the whole story. She reveals only bits and pieces while basking in their support - she does not want to prejudice her family against Liam, in the event that they ever get together again. Molly's family knows that she and Liam are having problems, but they let her work out what she wants to tell them. Spending time with her sister-in-law (who was her best friend in high school), Molly discovers things about her brother that horrify her. But she also learns that he was forgiven through love. Taking all of this into account, Molly must decide if it's possible for her to save Liam, or if she must leave him to help himself.

This story deals with the important issue of understanding when to attempt to help someone, versus leaving them to pull themselves out of the depths of darkness. The credible and real characters show that love and loyalty go a long way in life. I especially appreciated the support that Molly's family gave to her, and recommend Tangled up in Daydreams as a wonderful read for a lazy summer night.

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