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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  3,462 ratings  ·  388 reviews
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 j...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published March 11th 2009)
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Tangled tells the story of four different teenagers over four months.

The book is broken into 4 main sections, each one narrated by a different character. It was like reading four short stories in one volume ~ each character had a distinct "voice" (Mackler did a great job with making them all unique) and own set of problems.

The four stories are in succession over four months, each character narrating one month. There was no doubling over (or retelling of events) ~ yet different characters appear...more
I still remember the day I spontaneously bought my first Carolyn Mackler: I browsed through the musty shelves of a second-hand shop on Charing Cross Road, London, somewhat disappointed that most of what they had to offer were Penguin Classics (I had read a lot of those in an earlier reading phase of my life), coffee-table-sized volumes about gardening stuff and sticky, fly-poop-infested psycho-thrillers. In pre-internet times a trip to an English second-hand-shop used to be like Christmas Eve, b...more
I have read one of Carolyn Mackler's books in the past and I was really expecting more from Tangled. It was a good book but I don't think it lived up to it's full potential. Also, the summary was a bit misleading, at least it seemed that way to me.

Tangled is the story of four different teens who meet in Paradise. The summary makes it seem like the whole story takes place in Paradise and that the characters are all together throughout the book when really only a tiny part of the book actually tak...more
I didn't like it, overall. It starts out with the POV of one character, on Paradise (Jena). You're introduced to all of the characters through Jena, even though she doesn't talk to all of them.
The next POV is Dakota, who you meet through Jena, obviously. I don't think that his stay at Paradise affected him at all. He didn't think about Paradise, much, and I don't think what he did there affected his actions much, and definitely not on his overall actions.
Then you have Skye. I think she's a selfi...more

The book tells the story of these four teenager, its divided in four parts for and told by the voices of each one of them, in the next order:

Jenna: Really low self-esteem.
Dakota: Stupid Jerk.
Skye: Spoiled Brat.
Owen: Loser with a laptop.

Rough first impressions right? Through the first chapter, this is all I could take from the characters, that’s who they were and how they lived, as the story progresses – like any good and complex character – there’s always...more
Noemi claudine
this book is split up into 4 parts. A girl named Jenna a quirky, quote collector girl who wants a more interesting life. A boy named Dakota who's girlfriend just died and decides to leave his player self for a new person. Also a actress/model named Skye who is playing a role so her mom doesn't know she is depressed, and Owen who must take a leap from living life on his computer to reality. When they are all intertwined through "Paradise" a resort in the Caribbean, each of them change there live...more
Tangled was not at all what I expected it to be, but it turned out to be a delightful surprise.

Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen all take a vacation to Paradise. Jena with Skye and Dakota with Owen. Jena has self-image issues, and isn't happy with herself. Skye's the perfect girl and has it all together, or so it seems. Dakota's your average male player, but he's not sure if that's what he wants. And Owen's stuck in a virtual world, blogging about his life instead of living it. Essentially each of th...more
Real Rating: 0 stars

I'm surprised I actually finished this book, considering the amount of times I threw it across the room in pure disgust, because the fact is:


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Jena is one of those girls that talks way too much when she’s nervous. Babble, babble, babble. At least that’s how she sees herself, anyway. When her mom announces that she and Jena are accompanying her friend Luce and her daughter Skye on vacation to the Caribbean, Jena’s nerves hit boiling point. Spend an entire week with Skye, prancing around in a bathing suit? Please god, no! Skye is beautiful, popular, and a successful teen actor. Her life is oh-so-glamorous compared to Jena’s, and Jena can...more
There are some books that, once I see the cover, I know I need to read it. I see the cover or the title and I just know that I'm going to love it.
This was one of those books.
People are always talking about Carolyn Mackler and how she is one of the greatest YA authors on the market. Now, after reading this, I understand why.
This was the first Carolyn Mackler book I have read. It is not going to be the last.
Tangled is about four people and how one week changes all of their lives. The book follows...more
Jessica Smith
As someone who really enjoyed all of Carolyn Mackler's books so far, i was looking forward to reading Tangled. However, the book was a disappointment for me.

First of all, none of the characters had a spark for me that made me feel like I wanted to know more about them. Jena had potential, but still didn't interest me at all for some reason. Dakota was kind of an a-hole, but "changed his ways" by choosing to... Not sleep with an older, single mother. Skye was just kind of flat and depressing to r...more
Vanessa Ornelas
I really enjoyed reading the book, called Tangled by Carolyn Mackler I loved it at first this wasn’t the book I was suppose to read I was actually reading another book but once I started reading this one I instantly feel for it. I found it to be a really well written book it was funny, heart- warming, filled with tragedy but also filled with love. It really highlights the effect of small things on a persons life and builds suspense till the end of it. Every page I read kept me wanting to know mo...more
Meredith Moore
Tangled follows the lives of four teenagers over a four-month period. Jena, Skye, Dakota, and Owen each narrate one month, starting with the month when their lives collided at a beach resort. It’s difficult to summarize this book, because I don’t want to give too much away, but each of the teens is dealing with some sort of insecurity or depression. Jena is concerned about her body, especially in comparison with skinny and beautiful Skye, who’s hiding some secrets about her perfect life. Dakota...more
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It's been a couple of years since I picked up a Carolyn Mackler novel. I started with the wonderful Vegan Virgin Valentine and enjoyed it so much I followed it up with her Printz Honor-winning The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things, which I also thought was an entertaining and thought-provoking read. And while Mara from Vegan Virgin Valentine is my favorite of her protagonists, I particularly enjoyed Virginia's journey to self-possession in The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things, wit...more
Summary: Four teens visit Paradise, a resort in the Caribbean, and their lives become tangled together after they meet. Jena is a shy girl hungry for romance, Skye is a sophisticated model and aspiring actress, Dakota is a handsome and popular screw-up who acts like he’s God’s gift to women, and Owen is his sensitive brother who lives through his online blog. As their lives intersect, they learn to look beyond their superficial impressions of each other and discover that each is much more compli...more
Mar 05, 2010 Nian rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I think it's hard to expect too much with a book that's told from four different perspectives. Granted, Mackler does a good job with voice, and trying to differentiate her characters mostly by the manner they spoke in, but she gave so little time for each person that I felt cheated. Skye's story was especially abrupt, and I braced myself for the worst (which would hit another climax in the story), but everything turned out to be peachy-keen (I still don't know if this is a good or bad thing). Je...more
Oct 22, 2013 Alison added it
- Twisted by Carolyn Mackler

- Jena, Dakota, Skye, Owen

- This book is about 4 teenagers who all become friends on vacation. There are 4 sections of the story and each one is told by the perspective of one of the different characters. Each section tells a big part of their life and as the story unfolds you see how they were always connected

- The conflict in the book was that Dakota cheated on Jena with Skye and Jena finds love with another man who seems to know who everyone is

- I really liked thi...more
This book is told from 4 peoples point of view and in this they all have their own conflect that make their parents take them on a trip. They all live in New York but do not know one another at the start of the book, almost all of them also are looking for love, they dont say where they are on the trip they just call it paradise. Once they are on the trip they all meet and somehow make connections, some good and others bad. When they get back they tell their views of the trip and their lifes no...more
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Iako sam, čim sam uzela knjigu u ruke, dakle, i prije čitanja, vidjela da se radi o nečemu što se naziva "literaturom za mlade" (je l'), ipak sam je htjela pročitati, jer me opis sadržaja nekako zainteresirao. I opet sam napravila istu grešku, "vjerujući" napisanome na koricama. Ova mi je knjiga tako prazna. Tako bedasta. Čak sam, na samom početku, bila u silnom iskušenju da je jednostavno prestanem čitati, jer mi je jezik (a i prijevod) bio tako tupast i tako "na-silu-cool-ono-mladi-kuiš", da m...more
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
2.5 stars; it was OK.
I really liked the idea of having multiple perspectives throughout the book! It held my interest, and I liked a few of the characters! There were a couple I wasn't a fan of, but when there's so many main characters I can see that being the case.
Not the best book in the whole entire world, but certainly not the worst. I definitely want to read more of Carolyn's books though!
Jan 21, 2010 Marilyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 9th grade and up
I almost put this one down because the writing seemed so trite and cliched during the first section (the book is divided into 4 sections, each the thoughts/actions of a different character). It started to get interesting, though, when Dakota's section began and the stories started to intertwine. Good, not great. Some language, underage drinking and heavy petting.
Ashley (angelashly)
I would actually give it a 3 and a half. It was good, but it wasn't her best. The four stories made the characters fall short to me I didn't feel like I got to know the characters like I have in her other books. It was good though and what I did get to know about the characters I liked.
I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed in this book. It wasn't bad and it was actually a fast read and I always wanted to know what happened next, but it just wasn't what I expected.

I feel like everybody's story was wrapped up well and explained, except for Skye's. Hers was just sort of quickly explained and you never really know how it really went for her or how she really felt, which was disappointing.

Jena's and Skye's stories were my favorite, which is why it was disappointed that...more
I was on looking through the kindle books, then saw this book and remembered how badly I wanted to read it. I remember wanting to order it, but never got around to it. I decided to borrow it from the library, and I am so glad I decided to borrow it instead of buy it.
This book explains four different point-of-views that shows how entwined people's lives really are. So I guess people who didn't already think of that could enjoy this book, but before reading the book, I thought about it...more
I always expect great things from the author of Vegan, Virgin, Valentine and The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things, and she never disappoints me. Two girls (who have nothing in common other than their mothers are friends) are forced to go on a Caribbean trip where two brothers are also vacationing with their Mom. Their lives become tangled, overlapping in various ways during the vacation and after.

I admired that while Mackler decided to write this book in four distinct voices (each teen...more
Sara Shalash
Before reading Tangled, I had no idea a book could be so light and funny while being so intense and heartbreaking at the same time. I never thought I would actually love a book told from four different views/story, but surprisingly it was great. Each character's story was so relatable and touching. The way the stories each intersect is fascinating and will leave you smiling at the end. You become absorbed in each story, that you end up looking up at the time and realizing a couple of hours have...more
Tangled is about four very different teenagers who take a vacation to Paradise. All of them see each other at least once during the trip. At the end of the book they change for the better.

You have the star who has her own problems and needs to know to act like herself.

A guy who needs to be more social.

A guy who needs to be less self-absorbed.


A girl who needs break out of her shell.

Dakota (the jerky guy) lives with his father after the mother left–taking Dakota's little brother, Owen. He's the...more
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Carolyn graduated from Vassar College. When her book The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things was named as one of ALAs Top Ten Banned Books of 2006, Carolyn became an advocate against banning books. She lives with her husband and son in New York City.
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