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Grade 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
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Mackler, whose previous titles include the Printz Honor Book The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things (2003), introduces another cast of memorable, authentic young characters in her latest heartfelt novel. Four teens share the narration of the cleverly constructed story, which begins at a five-star Caribbean resort, where two mothers have thrown together their very different teen daughters. Jena, a Westchester County high-schooler, is her own worst critic. She worries about her weight, powders her zits until her face resembles “a funnel cake,” and marvels at her companion, Skye, a gorgeous, wealthy young actress in Manhattan. Jena spots lanky computer geek Owen, but she ends up fooling around with his brother, Dakota, a beer-swilling jock who dumps her when Skye shows interest. 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. Although the teens’ tech-heavy communication is utterly contemporary, their insecurities, desires, and questions about family, self-worth, and first love are timeless. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061731064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061731068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I didn't like this book at first, but it grew on me a little by the end. The rating would have been lower otherwise.
The book is about four different people, and it changes characters as it changes months, which it does four times. I thought this was a bit of an odd way to do it, and was wondering how that would work out, but it's done very well.
We start with Jena, who is on vacation with her family and Skye's family. Her and Skye aren't very close, and she's very jealous of Skye, who is an actress. She also meets Dakota, who is a jerk to her, and just glimpses Owen, who is obviously better for her. I did not like her in her chapters, at all. She was way too insecure. I guess some people are this way, and I'm insecure myself, but she was overwhelmingly so. She was always embarrassed about herself, and looking down on herself, whining about it. I could not stand it, and I almost wanted to stop reading because of it.
In the next part, it's in Dakota's point of view. He was a jerk in the first part, but we get to see inside of him in this one. He has more to him, but I still didn't like him too much. He was still a bit of a jerk. He got better at the end of it, redeemed himself a bit, but he was mostly just alright.
Next was Skye. She's an actress, who's been secretly been having a hard time with herself and life. It's mentioned in Jena's chapters that someone had been leaving not good notes in places, and we find out that they're from her. She's a bit fragile, and the end of her part leaves off with a cliffhanger, which we find out the answer to in Owen's chapters. I was hoping to like her more, and she did have some of what I was looking for, but not as much as I'd hoped.
The last part is Owen's. I did like Owen.
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I read TANGLED when it was first released. With strong narrative voices and very relatable issues, the cleverly crafted story of four teens and their tangled paths was a page-turner for me. I picked it up again recently…and once again, couldn’t put it down. I can say with certainty that TANGLED is just as good the second time around!
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By Erica on September 12, 2010
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Tangled is about four different characters - Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen - and their stories. I loved how Carolyn Mackler split this up! She started with Jena's story, then went on the Dakota's, but the stories were constantly intertwined with each other and each story picked up at the time the last ended. I loved it! Though I would've liked to see a bit more fluidity between stories.

I really liked Jena as a character. I felt Carolyn Mackler really captured what it's like to be a teenage girl in Jena. She wasn't overdone or perfect, she had her own issues. I had a bit of an issue with Dakota as a character. The language he used just wasn't believable, and it was almost a bit offensive to me. Plus almost every word out of his mouth was something sexual. Skye was the typical upper New York character you get in most books. Owen was deeping, and while you don't see a lot of him, when you do those scenes stick out the most.

When I was reading Tangled at first with Jena's story I wasn't sure what I would think. Jena's story was interesting, but it didn't go much of anywhere. Dakota's story was nice as it started to display another of Dakota besides the Dakota who cusses and sexual phrases all the time. It started to give him more depth, and I started to appreciate him more as a character. Skye's story was probably my favorite of the four stories. The story is set up so up until her story, you think she's just a shallow, spoiled rich girl. Skye's story sets up an interesting story, filled with all the layers of her life. Owen's story wraps of Tangled, and it was the strongest story of the four. It was sweet and enjoyable.

I loved how the title and cover both play into the plot.
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Jena and Skye are together. They're not friends, but their mothers are. Insecure Jena hooks up with a hot guy, Dakota, who does the jerk thing by ditching her once Skye, an up-and-coming actress with model looks, flirts with him. Dakota traveled there with his brother, Owen, and the two are not close. Owen is the baby of the family and he prefers the online world rather than the real one.

Paradise changes them. When they come back home Jena steps out of her comfort zone, and so does Owen who hesitantly and with plenty of panic enters the world of real life people. Dakota deals with painful memories of someone who hurt him deeply, and he realizes he doesn't have to keep being a jerk to others. Skye appears to have everything, but when she digs into her family's past she finds out a secret that both stimulates her curiosity and saddens her.

The book is sectioned off into four parts, so that the points of view of all four characters are represented. My least favorite section was Owen's, because he was so timid at first, whereas the other three were more interesting. Overall, this was quite enjoyable and Mackler nicely wove together the lives of four very different people, each with a distinct voice.
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