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Tangled
     

Tangled

3.9 77
by Carolyn Mackler
 

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Paradise wasn't supposed to suck.

Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean.

Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.

It will change Jena, whose first brush with

Overview

Paradise wasn't supposed to suck.

Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean.

Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.

It will change Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting.

It will change Dakota, who needs the devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn't have to be a jerk just because people think he's one.

It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the consequences.

And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise. . . .

From confused to confident and back again, one thing's certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will ever be the same.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mackler's latest is structured as four interconnecting novellas that explore the gulf between teenagers' inner lives and what they project externally. Starting with awkward Jena's Caribbean vacation, Mackler (Vegan Virgin Valentine) is at her best with the kind of insecurities readers will find familiar, be it Jena's carefully chosen flight outfit (“under the glaring lights of Kennedy airport it all felt wrong”) or her self-consciousness around Skye, the glamorous daughter of her mother's best friend. Jena has a fling with studly Dakota, who narrates the second novella. Dakota is the least likable character (earlier, he tells Jena, “[Y]ou have some fine-looking tits”), but his growth as he reflects on his rocky relationship with his girlfriend, who died in a car accident, is moving. Privileged Manhattanite Skye is at the center of the third story, which exposes the depression under the surface of her seemingly charmed life. The final tale, about Owen, Dakota's brother, ties up various loose ends and provides a happy ending. Mackler's protagonists have distinct, engaging voices; if the book never gets terribly deep, it's still an entertaining read. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)
VOYA - Joyce Doyle
One vacation in a Caribbean resort called Paradise brings together four teens. The story line switches among the teens: Jena, who lacks the self-esteem that makes her feel worthy of experiencing love; Dakota, who deals with the death of his girlfriend and tries to become a better person; Skye, the teen model everyone thinks has a perfect life but is secretly fighting depression; and Owen, who is too shy to talk to girls in person so he turns to cyber life. Although their story starts in Paradise, it follows the teens back to their homes over the course of four months. From Jena's book of quotations to a suicidal note found in a public place, a car accident, and an anonymous blog, how they handle their own personal challenges indirectly—and sometimes directly—affects the others. Mackler hits on the common, everyday struggles that many teens face, making the characters' flaws as endearing as their strengths. Readers may regret each switch in story line and perspective because they leave behind the current character, but they will be happy to see them tied back together later. Mackler maintains a good pace, weaving in romance and humor, making this an easy and fun read. Fans of her The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Candlewick, 2003/VOYA October 2003) should not be disappointed. Reviewer: Joyce Doyle
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Four teenagers, Jena, Skye, Owen, and Dakota, come together and cross paths during a vacation in the Caribbean. A quarter of the book is devoted to each teen's perspective. Jena tells about her feelings of inferiority when around beautiful Skye, the daughter of her mother's best friend. Skye wants to figure out the truth about her father and the suicidal depression that turns her away from auditioning for even one more film. Dakota drinks, is sexually pushy with girls, and deals with his girlfriend's death in a car accident when she was with another guy. Owen, Dakota's younger brother, hides his insecurity behind the safety of his blog and general computer nerdiness. All four lives become "tangled" together while at the resort and after they reach home, and the way the tangles twist and unfold allows these teens to discover their true selves and find personal satisfaction. Mackler expertly creates believable characters, plots, and settings. The teens are good people who have obstacles to overcome and problems to face. Whether realizing it directly or not, they help one another because of their chance relationships. As powerfully depicted as in Emily Wing Smith's The Way He Lived (Flux, 2008), the various viewpoints weave together to create a compelling and cohesive whole. Themes of understanding, respecting others, and the power of good communication are carefully and effectively woven throughout a story that begs for discussion.—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Brimming with girl appeal, Mackler's emotionally generous, character-driven novel tells the story of four vacationing teens whose lives are forever changed after crossing paths on a tropical island. The first protagonist is Jena, a chatty, insecure 16-year-old, who feels fat and imperfect. This is never more true than when she's around Skye, who, at 17, is rich, beautiful and an actress to boot. Skye treats Jena with barely disguised condescension, deliberately going after the hunky, athletic Dakota, a fellow vacationer who initially showed an interest in Jena. For his part, Dakota, still shaken by the untimely death of his mostly off-again girlfriend, is there at the express command of his divorced mother, who wants him to bond with his younger brother, Owen, a shy blogger who hides his considerable smarts behind his laptop. The novel, which has strong romantic undertones, chronicles the teens' interconnections and the psychological growth that results, deftly demonstrating that people aren't always who they seem to be. (Fiction. 14 & up)
Booklist
“The often–hilarious story, which takes place over a four-month period, builds in poignant layers as each character narrates in a fresh, frank voice that defies stereotype. Their insecurities, desires, and questions about family, self–worth, and first love are timeless.”
Not Your Mother's Book Club
More Praise for Carolyn Mackler:“Carolyn Mackler has a knack for making characters seem perfectly real (flaws, goofiness, awesomeness and all!)”
BookPage
“Mackler . . . does an amazing job of capturing the wistful self-consciousness of teenage girls.”
ALA Booklist
“Mackler writes with…insight and humor.”
Jay Asher
“Subtle then intense, hilarious then heartbreaking, TANGLED grabs you and doesn’t let go.”
Lauren Myracle
“Make it not end! I *loved* reading about Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. I loved getting a peek into their messy, juicy, miserable, wonderful lives, and I loved being reminded that existence itself is all about the tangling of souls.”
E. Lockhart
“Carolyn Mackler is a remarkably astute observer of human frailties and hearts. In four interlocking tales of redemption and romance, she reminds us why we’re alive and what we might mean to one another if we’d only reach out.”
Daniel Handler
“Well, there goes your weekend. You’ve just picked up Carolyn Mackler’s TANGLED. Cancel your plans. You’re not going to want to be anywhere else.”
Rachel Cohn
“With her trademark humor and insight, Carolyn Mackler offers a dynamic tale of four wholly different yet totally relatable teens whose lives intersect in fascinating and touching ways.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061992063
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
415,958
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

Rachel Cohn
“With her trademark humor and insight, Carolyn Mackler offers a dynamic tale of four wholly different yet totally relatable teens whose lives intersect in fascinating and touching ways.”
Lauren Myracle
“Make it not end! I *loved* reading about Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. I loved getting a peek into their messy, juicy, miserable, wonderful lives, and I loved being reminded that existence itself is all about the tangling of souls.”
Daniel Handler
“Well, there goes your weekend. You’ve just picked up Carolyn Mackler’s TANGLED. Cancel your plans. You’re not going to want to be anywhere else.”
Jay Asher
“Subtle then intense, hilarious then heartbreaking, TANGLED grabs you and doesn’t let go.”
E. Lockhart
“Carolyn Mackler is a remarkably astute observer of human frailties and hearts. In four interlocking tales of redemption and romance, she reminds us why we’re alive and what we might mean to one another if we’d only reach out.”

Meet the Author

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the award-winning teen novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; The Future of Us, coauthored with Jay Asher; Tangled; Love and Other Four-Letter Words; Vegan Virgin Valentine; and Guyaholic. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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Tangled 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Maximum_Read More than 1 year ago
The plot of the book started out well, the writing seemed superb and the hint of flirtations really made it a little more exciting. However, I was shocked at the content of the book once I delved forward. Not only is it a little explicit (and the said 12 year olds could read this?!) but you can tell the author really just wanted to boost up reviews by adding that in there, seeing as it did not help the plot at all. In reality if people meet others on the web or strangers on a vacation, they 95% of the time turn out to be psychos!The ending was abrupt, without the characters ever really finding resolution or even some far-off kind of feeling that it would get better. This book was far from reality and gave me a sense of sadness. Why? Because that was a full day I wasted reading that book that I will never get back. I would recomend the (Summer Series: By Katherine Applegate, Romance and funny lines, an actual series of books that compels throughout.)
librarychic More than 1 year ago
I read the other reviews before buying this book.... and was hesitant. It's not Carolyn Mackler's traditional writing style.... but the storyline was still good. It did keep my attention because I wanted to know with each character what comes next??? I did like this book.... was it the best ever??? no but it's worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasn't your typical love story at all. I liked the characters, and i get about a quarter way in the book and find this would go way over the edge in a lot of things. First of all, I was liking the relationship between Jena and Dakota, but then I found myself not liking or enjoying anything! With the over the edge cursing-the 'f' word used about 10 times and him trying to force her to have sex with him, it was all too much. But Jena could be your typical teenager, who has never fallen in love or had a boyfriend when suddenly Dakota comes along and flirts with her and takes everything way too fast! But how would Jena know that any of this is wrong, so she lets him do whatever he wants to her and use her and typically, she will find this was a huge mistake! It was over the edge in raunchiness, profanity, etc. I would've enjoyed it much more with all of that taken out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this book before and i thought it had good twists and turns. I have a list of top 10 books in my room, in no order, but this book is on there. If you are interested in a page turning, teen romance book, with lots of twists and turns... This is the book for you :)
lauren martinelli More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved this book. it was seperated into 4 parts. each part told someone elses story. everything related together some how and i loved it! great book for teens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing, i LOVED it. I could not put it down. If you're interested in teen romance, this book is definitely for you. It has profanity and its kinx of explicit so I recommend it to anyone 16 and up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It said a lot of gross things and basically told you that its ok to be beautiful and be conceited about it. Only Jenna and Owens parts were good skyler and dakotas were horrible and repulsive. J and O were cute and nice S and D were concieted and braggy and self pitying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally, I liked it a lot, I could relate to some of the characters. And the book teaches life lessons about self respect and putting yourself out there. Read the book, love it, and read it again. I recomend this book highly. Enjoy !
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Four teens spend their spring break in Paradise, an island in the Caribbean. None of them want to be there, but the things that begin in Paradise will have an impact on their lives long after they leave. After being there, Jenna realizes that she must be the one to take the steps to really begin her life. Dakota will begin on his journey to healing. Skye will be forced to see that life is too short to be anything less than real, and Owen will eventually understand that a real life can be even better than a life online. Told from the view of all four teens, this book keeps you reading. The characters are complex and through their actions warn us to not judge too quickly. As you read, you learn that people are always more than what appears on the surface. With strong writing and characters, this is a book to watch for. In TANGLED, Carolyn Mackler shows off her writing skills with a book that is sure to please and reminds us of what Max Ehrman said: "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
Em08 More than 1 year ago
this was the first Carolyn Mackler book I've read and i didn't find it to be that bad.....it definitely a book that sticks with you forever. The story line itself keeps you interested. while the sexual parts, have stayed with me in a scaring kind of way, but it's in my top 10 of readings.  I found this book randomly on a shelf and thought it would be a good read...I still haven't forgotten a single moment of the wonderful tale and it's been 4 years since I've read Tangled    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(So sorry. Still here?) He smirked and pulled her close
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She turns around grinning
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Scratching another book off my own tbr pile, this book took me by surprise. 1. Point of views. This story contain four short point of views of big changes in their lives. Some changes are good while other are good. It’s clear that in the end, they all learn a lesson. 2. Graphic. Since this is YA book I didn’t expect it to be so graphic. Still it had some adult humor in it that made me snicker. 3. Tangled. Just like the title, all of their lives crash violently together to come together for something bigger. They all have a part of each other lives that needed to weave so that they can grow and learn. 4. Taking chances. It clears that all of these teens live hard, fast lives. Taking chances on bad things, they all had to learn to take a chance on something good for once. Even if it means making drastic changes. 5. More. At the end of the story, it came together so wonderfully that I wanted more. I loved Jena’s story and I’m glad that she got a happy ending. I’m still interested in learning what happens to the rest of the characters. Tangled is great book. Raw and exciting, I can’t wait to read more by this author. A great summer read that will leave you wanting more, Tangled is daring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good book. I pick my reads wirh much care and this book stood out. Im not sure what made me read this book but im glad i did
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Everyones hating on this book ; its an amazing book.
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The other stories may have been bad, but owens story, changed my heart. I think im alot like jena and i hope that somthing like this happens to me someday. GEKS AND LOSERS RULE! POPULARS AND SEXY CHICS SUCK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be a really boring book at first but it was amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just depressing. Way too depressing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is in no way appropriate for kids under 13. I would barely recommend it for older teens! It is overly suggestive, uses obscene language ( including the f bomb), and over all inappropriate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay book that told different sides of the story kinda weird but it kept you hooked. A little innapropriate though. Try Also: Take me There- I dont remember the author Leap Day-Wendy Mass ELLIEISANINJAREVEIWS!!!!:)
WishStealer More than 1 year ago
Jena's story was kind of ridiculous; I didn't like her character. She under experienced and thinks way too much of what other's think of her. Normally this would be an interesting trait in a book, but with her it was ridiculous. And Dakota just suddenly comes and takes things way too fast? Not too mention her story ended with no resolution whatsoever. Dakota used way too much swearing--normally I'm used to this, but I feel like Mackler only put it in because she felt like this is what "average athletic teenage boys" do. The only story I half-liked was Owen's, but I didn't like how this could've easily been a children's book w/o the boner crap. All the storys had no resolutions and I think you should DEFINITELY skip this book. I don't understand how anybody could've given it good reviews (hinting to all the authors with reviews on the back!)
gabbie826 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book !!!! It is so awesome!! I have read it more than once it was really good.