by Carolyn Mackler


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Maybe I'll decide I have a life story, too, and I'll reveal some of it.

The good girl, the jock, the beautiful one, and the geek. Tangle them together, and the unexpected happens.

Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all in Paradise. When they meet, they have no idea how they will all connect—or that their chance encounters will transform each of their lives.

The secrets we keep, the risks we take, and the things we do for love: Four months after it all begins in Paradise, none of them will ever be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061731068
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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.

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.”

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Tangled 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 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."
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a pretty average book. Nothing was surprising or unique. I liked the characters alright, especially Owen. When he was the narrator, I thought he felt authentic... like a real awkward teen. I thought their lives would be more "tangled" but in reality they all just happened to be at the same resort at the same time. Pretty average book.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Far from Mackler's best work.The cast:Luce and Paula, moms who have been friends since college.Skye and Jena, daughters, respectively of above moms, who don't like each other all that much. Skye is an actress/model and drop-dead gorgeous. Jena has curves, if you catch my drift.Dakota and Owen, brothers, unrelated to above characters. Their parents are divorced and Dakota lives with their father and Owen with their mother.The four women take a vacation to Paradise in the Caribbean. The brothers are there with their mother. Jena and Dakota hook up. However, he's a player and drops Jena for Skye.Owen is a blogger, spending most of his time in front of the computer. He's blogging on vacation and Jena notices the name of his blog. She starts commenting, after they return home. That's enough of the set-up...too much actually.The book has four sections: April-Jena, May-Dakota, June-Skye, July-Owen. It runs through each person's insecurities, changes in their behavior as a result of some event and their road to ultimate happiness. Unfortunately, while the characters were somewhat fleshed out, the story was not all that compelling. I expected a whole lot more from Ms. Mackler.The book is told in four sections
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was just what I needed after reading a rather heavy fantasy novel. A lighter tale yet filled with deep issues and conversations, TANGLED provides a moving story about four teenagers, their chance first encounters and the paths their lives take afterwards. You see them grow in ways both hoped for and not, all while watching them come full circle in their relationships with each other. Definitely recommended reading....though for the younger set, I would give a caution as to the language and content (serious issues dealt with and sexual situations as well)....happy reading!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A one-week spring break vacation at the Caribbean resort Paradise affects the lives of four very different teenagers. Self-conscious Jena learns which guys are and are not worth it; playboy Dakota begins to realize how much of a misogynistic jerk he¿s been; teen actress Skye must come to terms with her past and the fact that it may all be an act for her; and reclusive Owen may at least be ready to come out from behind his computer and meet the girl who¿s changed his life.Veteran talent reigns supreme in this intriguing blend of four short stories. Carolyn Mackler shows that she can make any story idea win over her old and new fans with TANGLED.The four teens¿ stories interlap only slightly, but remarkably each one is well defined and strong reads in and of themselves. Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all flawed, yet their flaws are endearing and human instead of the consequences of shoddy writing. As a result, we are easily able to delve into the minds of these four.I was surprised at, but not put off by, how little the four stories were actually interconnected. The first three stories end rather abruptly and incompletely, and it¿s not until reading the final story (Owen¿s) that we realize how these four characters are supposed to have been affected by one another. The ¿tangles¿ are tentative at best, but overall TANGLED is still appealing due to its masterful writing.Longtime Carolyn Mackler fans like me should not hesitate to pick this one up, while those new to Mackler¿s works will be able to appreciate her talent. TANGLED is good for a sweet and lighthearted read.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In theory, this is the kind of book I dream about. It explores the connections between people that they aren¿t fully aware of, and I love that idea. However, this book fell a little bit short of my expectations for it. It¿s not that I didn¿t enjoy it, but it definitely didn¿t captivate me like I thought it would.Let me first say that it was so refreshing to read a book in which some of the main characters were average. Jena and Owen weren¿t knockout gorgeous, but neither were they grotesque; they weren¿t particularly witty and clever, but they weren¿t dull. They were run-of-the-mill teenagers, living life with a small number of good friends and a lot of people who just don¿t get them. To me, that¿s real, and I applaud Mackler for focusing on those of us who are ¿normal¿, and making it work (because that¿s kinda hard to do).I did enjoy focusing a section of the book on each of the four characters, though I¿ll admit that I found it disorienting at the beginning of each section. While I liked watching the characters grow, I found Dakota¿s to be a little too quick and easy. I do think that he would eventually come to the place where he ended up, but it seemed to be a bit too soon for him. I almost felt that he hadn¿t grappled enough with what he learned. I can concede that it¿s possible there was struggling that wasn¿t on-page, but I would have bought into his transformation if I¿d been able to see some of that.Because each character had a distinct voice, it was fairly easy to figure out early on in each narrative who the character was. Mackler did a tremendous job with the characterization of both girls, moving Jena from annoyingly whiny and Skye from annoyingly snooty first impressions. Both of them had to go through some pretty disappointing experiences in order to come to a deeper understanding of their true selves. I was left with the impression that they had made permanent, measureable growth by the last page.I¿m not sure exactly what it was about the story, but I closed the book feeling rather indifferent about it. It wasn¿t bad, but I wasn¿t particularly drawn to it, either. It was okay. I think it lacked the emotional intensity I had wanted to get out of the story, so even though I liked where the characters ended up, I felt a little let down at the same time.
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spring has sprung and in just 4 short months, 4 teenage lives will change.Jena is the bubbly Jewish girl with lots of curves. She loves quotes and will learn a lot on a spring break trip to Paradise. Skye is an actress, curly dark hair, body of a goddess and a lot more problems than is willing to tell everyone. That is until she learns a little about her father and everything starts to make sense.Now to the boys. Dakota is having some major teen drama. He may look like a heart throb, but a broken heart and a death have put him in a dark place where he isn¿t really thinking with his head or heart if you know what I mean. His complete opposite brother Owen is backwards to say the least. He hides behind his blog, Loser on a Laptop, because he doesn¿t feel comfortable expressing himself in the flesh.The lives of these four are about to change. From lust to love to death and suicide, I am glad to not be a teenager in this book.I have been adoring the cover of this since I first saw it and at the book sale over the weekend, I saw it on the shelf, brand-new and beautiful. Even though I bought 15 books, I had to grab this one as well.Mackler brings us a quick read, I read it in less than 24 hours. She did a great job of making me remember what it felt like to be a teen, in the midst of high school relationships and learning about myself.She starts with Jena and each quarter of the book is told from a different character. I love how the writing changed to match the personality and life of each character. But I feel like I was just getting to know the character when the narrator changed.One thing I didn¿t like about this book was although the loose ends were wrapped up, I didn¿t feel like I had closure. I guess I was just wanting a little more.I give Tangled 3 stars.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, and I loved the concept.The overall structure is much like that of [b:The House on Fortune Street], 4 overlapping short stories, each focusing on a different character.Each story gives us a portrait of a character, with only that character fully fleshed out. The other characters are seen only through the eyes of that teen. And yes, each teen is on the self-centered side when telling their own story. I liked Jena, the bookworm that's stuck on what should be a dream vacation, but it doesn't quite deliver on that promise. She doesn't get along with her mom's best friend's daughter, Skye, a beautiful, stuck up actress. Then Jena meets Dakota. Jena's first romance is the highlight of the trip-- except that he turns out to be a jerk.And this is when the story changes-- a month later and Dakota's turn. And yes, Dakota really and truly is a jerk (bparticularly to his brother, Owen), and during this story he starts to realize it, and think maybe he should do something about it.Before we see where Dakota takes these thoughts, we move on to Skye. Skye isn't as stuck up as she seems to Jena, and she's having a hard time with her outwardly perfect life. It was fun to come back and see here view of Jena, since I felt I knew Jena from her chapter. Skye doesn't give Jena enough credit, either. And now Jena knows Skye's secret.Owen's chapter closes the book, tying up the loose ends. Owen lives on the computer. He's got a blog where he talks about the ins and outs of daily life as a teen. Jena's sighting of Owen on the vacation that started up piques her curiosity, and the two of them get to know each other on-line. Owen steps out into the real world for a non-computer related adverture, and all four stories are wrapped up nicely.Intertwined might be a better title than tangled, since the strings linking the stories are fairly straightforward. All in all, this was an enjoyable read.
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
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!