Featured Review: Where Tangents Meet

About this book:

As Landon and Rachelle venture into falling in love with one another, they hit ruptures in the road. The more they learn about each other, the more they discover about themselves in the midst of encountering jealousy, scandals, accidents, and misunderstandings. Despite the losses and hurt they face together, they reconcile and create an unbreakable bond that guides them not only into a stronger relationship, but also to self-acceptance.





*Review contributed by Angela Blount, Staff Reviewer*


An uncommonly thoughtful contemporary YA romance--presented in the charming graphic style of continuous-scrolling manga. It's a little bit angsty, a little bit sensual, and a lot of sweetness wrapped in a 40-episode package of vibrant webcomic artistry.


Where Tangent’s Meet is a sweet love story between an unlikely pair of high school Juniors, set at a prestigious academy with a near-college feel. The cynical and broody “bad-boy” son of a famous model, Landon is tired of life in the spotlight—and all of the phony attentions that come with it. On his first day at school he meets a girl who he initially presumes is as fake and disappointing as he perceives the rest of the world to be. Rachelle is the optimistic, rule-following, and painfully naïve pet of the Academy’s benignly gang-like student council. Rumors and exclusion follow her odd behavior and child-like sensibilities. As Landon gets to know her and realizes there may be a tragic reason behind her uniqueness, he also begins to realize that he’s bound to make things worse on her reputation. But will it help to keep her at arm’s length, or is it possible they may be a better match for each other than he could guess? 


Kaitlyn Narvaza (or Instantmiso, as the author has dubbed herself,) proves an exceptional storyteller—both in the soft-yet-bright artwork and the steady timing of dialogue execution. I was a bit concerned at first over the mental age of the heroine, but her situation is ultimately handled with tactful depth and care. The author also clearly grasps the difference between insta-love and insta-attraction, and doesn’t force an unnatural feel to the romantic progression. (Nor does she confuse lust with love—which is also refreshing—particularly considering her YA audience.) The drama never runs unrealistically high for the genre, leaving much of the focus on relational interaction and romance. 


This reader particularly liked the social and internal revelations that resulted as biases and motives were confronted. The most character growth is seen in Landon, but there’s a little something to note in several of the side characters. I personally would have liked to see a little more of the interactions--and basis for interacting--between Taiga and Landon’s sister Rosalie. Readers aren’t given more than a vague idea of their relational arc. Although, that does leave open the possibility of a spinoff comic, or perhaps a few bonus side episodes the author might choose to divulge one day.  


Starting at episode/chapter 17, piano-based soundtrack music is added to the background—an experiment that recurs from that point on every few episodes (which are marked with musical notes on the index page and alert readers to have their sound on.) The effect is beyond enchanting—emotionally amplifying rather than distracting. It was almost a blending of all the things this reader likes about graphic novels mixed with the liltingly moody ambiance of a classic RPG videogame. 


*cue the halleluiah chorus*


A handful of minor linguistic slips sometimes made the comic feel as though it was translated into English: “accounting” instead of “counting”…”ourself” instead of “ourselves”… “persecutor” instead of “perpetrator”… but this didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. (If anything, it added an air of manga authenticity.)

This debut webcomic is not only well worth the read, it’s a charming introduction to the talent of its creator. I look forward to seeing much more of Instantmiso’s work in the near future.


Favorite Quote:


“I can’t be fixed, you know.”

“Nonsense. You were never broken to begin with.”


Don’t forget to check out where WHERE TANGENTS MEET for yourself—it’s free to read!: http://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/where-tangents-meet/list?title_no=421