Monday, March 25, 2013

[Review] Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

by Carolyn Mackler
Series: Stand Alone
Published: December 16th 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Kindle
Genre: Contemporary / Realistic Fiction
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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 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.
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Tangled is about four different teenagers with their lives told into four different viewpoints. Three reasons why I kept interested while reading the book: (1) writing style -- 4POVs, fast paced and easy read; (2) storyline (with me thinking, will the story revolve around with them being in Paradise?); (3) varying characters. Okay, so I'll start with the characters.

Jena - Luscious. With low self-esteem. Thinks she has a life of a loser, compared to her mom's friend's daughter Skye who has an oh-so-perfect life. While in Paradise, she keeps living on Skye's shadow and blabbing about all her insecurities in mind. But I love how Jena was introduced in the story. Like, how she secretly lusts about Dakota and keep saying (oh) (my) (god), she's just hilarious. (hahaha!)

Dakota - Real jerkkkk. He needs distraction from the recent death of his girlfriend (which he claims, a shitty relationship), and instantly found the cute Jena but ditched her for the gorgeous Skye. Not to mention how he keeps abusing his brother Owen since they were young, like teasing and bullying him how their mother babies him. Yeah, total real jerk.

Skye - Gorgeous, elegant, glamorous, (insert all possible description of a model/actress/TV personality here). Just like mostly other perfect-looking life a person has on the outside, it doesn't seem like it. She tries to fake everything, but that just won't work forever.

Owen - Tall geek. He's a shy type, always hiding behind his laptop, and his best friend is his "Loser With A Laptop" blog. He's not the social type, and actually didn't expect that he can come out of his shell, but did it anyway.

Well, the book might not turned out to be what I expected it, but I definitely liked it. Though it's kind of plain and simple, I love how the characters are different in every way, but each of them grew in the best possible way. They're simple reminders that no matter who you are or what you are, you can always be someone whom you can always be proud of.


About the Author

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),Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn’s most recent novel, The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, has received starred reviews, and the film rights have been sold to Warner Brothers. Carolyn’s novels have been published in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, and Indonesia.

Carolyn has contributed to anthologies for teens, including Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories. She has a short story in Thirteen, edited by James Howe, and in Sixteen, edited by Megan McCafferty. Carolyn regularly writes short stories for American Girl. In 2008, Carolyn was a judge for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons. She is currently at work on her seventh novel.
Connect with Carolyn on her: Website | Twitter | Goodreads




  1. I have a hard time connecting with characters in books with multiple POVs, since they get much more limited page. Still, glad you liked it, and a great review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I'm not very into contemporary romance, so I'll probably won't be reading this book, but the cover looks great!

  3. Well, this book does look interesting. I love stories about self-discovery and funny, cosy contemporary reads, like this one.
    I love the cover, by the way.
    GREAT review, glad you liked it.
    Your constant reader (but never commenting!)

    1. I also read this book and liked it. It's just hard to pick up with the multiple POVs but the story is really good.

      Aww this makes me really happy! It's nice to know we have a regular reader. Thank you for dropping by Soma <3


  4. This book sounds awesome! Love your review.

  5. This actually looks very good. I've heard of it before but wasn't very interested. Thanks for the great review that changed my mind!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

  6. Hmm, multiple POVs. The only book with multiple POVs I've read which I really liked was Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs, but I'll try this one out due to your review (;

  7. LOVE Carolyn's work - love how there are lots of perspective:)

    Great review:)


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