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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  4,448 ratings  ·  466 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
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
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Tangled is about four teenagers, who couldn't be any more different, whose lives come together while vacationing in Paradise.

First, we have Jena who is the average teenager. She likes reading. She's goes through some self esteem issues; she's not stick-thin and finally decides that she is "luscious". She's the one I can relate to, her and Owen. Jena has this "everything book" where she jots down quotes and favorite sayings, anywhere from a book to a movie to somethi
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
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Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the way each character had their own little story in the book, but it showed how their lives ended up interweaving in incredible ways. Each story has it's own little lesson to be taken away as well.

We start with Jena. Her story is a very important lesson for all teenage girls... in fact, for all girls of any age. Learn to love yourself in the skin you're in. This is something I even have to remind myself pretty much every day! Jena doesn't think she's pretty or worthy. She ends up learn
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it

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
Noemi claudine
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica Smith
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: skip-it
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
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:


Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Gee (giang.reads)
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a story of four individuals battling their teenage problems.

It is a diverse read which tackles different mental health issues so I like the story over all.

i just didn't feel how it is written but it is original. This is the first time I saw the writing style Carolyn Mackler used.

This is a good read if you are looking for a diverse read!
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, ya
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
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenbooks
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
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I thought Tangled was okay! It had a lot of potential to be really cute, but it wasn't as cute or fun as I thought it would be.

I think a large part of it is how the story is told. We get 4 teens, and they each get a section- each teen gets a month or so, before we move on to the next character. The four stories don't intersect as much as I though they would, and as far as the ending goes, I really expected all four of them to come together, and for all four stories to come together in some reall
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was written phenomenally! It had four main characters who all met on a vacation to Paradise (a tourist resort.) Jenna and Skye are cousins. Skye is a tall, beautiful young actress who is depressed and jealous of Jenna’s cute, easygoing manner. Jenna is self-conscious of her more full figure, and doesn’t like standing next to Skye for fear people will think she’s ugly. Dakota, a teenage guy staying at the resort with his mom and younger brother, is on the rebound after his girlfriend d ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
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
Meredith Moore
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm no stranger to Macklers books, having read all of them, I have to say that this didn't quite manage to top "The Earth, My Butt, and other Big Round Things" Which I adore and still flip through to this day, despite having read it hundreds of times over from the age of 15 onwards.

Tangled is the story of 4 teenagers with very different personalities who touch each others lives in some way over the course of one summer. The book is told in 4 monthly segments, with each character telling their P
Bee N.
I really wanted to like this book, but I just can't... maybe its because I had so much expectations for this book judging by its sypnosis. The sypnosis mentions about how "they will all connect-- or that their chance encounters will transform each of their lives" but the story wasn't like that at all.

The story is written starting with Jena's POV, followed by Dakota, then Skye and Owen. From the sypnosis, I thought they would all meet each other-- but no, not all characters get to meet each other
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
So, I went into this highly optimistic and I think that's why I kinda didn't really like it all that much?

The overall plot and how all four intertwine with each other really isn't my issue - it's mostly the characters themselves. I don't think I liked any character. The closest I got was maybe Skye. That's only because (view spoiler)

Jena really annoyed me with - her inner voice? for lack of better description - eve
Claire Miller
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Jena, Skye, Dakota, and Owen were all supposed to be on separate vacations to Paradise over their spring breaks, but a series of events ends up "tangling" the worlds of these four very different people together. On the vacation, Jena meets Dakota, a handsome tan boy who happens to be in Paradise that same week. When Skye jumps in and ruins their relationship, it doesn't take long before Jena then hooks up with Owen.
I am a sucker for romantic books and Tangled definitely is one! I can see wher
Oct 22, 2013 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
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. If the book had been a little bit longer or the stories had been a little bit more interconnected, it could've easily been a five-star read, but as it stands, it's probably around 3.5.

Skye's story in particular felt really unfinished and that bugged me. I'm glad Jena and Owen both featured heavily in the last story, and that Dakota made an appearance as well, but it just felt like there was more story to be told for almost all of them and I'm sad I didn't get that.

That said, Jen
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
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!
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it brought a twist and it really showed that opposites do attract; a nerdy video-gamer boy, a popular girl, a shy girl and a jock all fall into the love square. The shy girl falls for the jock the jock falls for the popular girl, the popular girl wants nothing to do with the jock and the nerd could care less, and in the end its a twist. It made me all types of emotions and it brought me to the edge of my seat. I love this book.
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn's novel, The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, received starred reviews and appeared on several bestseller lists. Carolyn ha ...more

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