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Tangled Paperback – June 14, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book, I love how it showed the point of view of each character in time order. The only thing I didn't like was them not meeting all together in Paradise.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved how 4 different stories were intertwined in each other. It made the book interestingPublished 23 months ago by CeCe Chariton
I thought it was interesting the way the characters came into each other's lives, but overall feel as if the book was unrealistic and some of the characters underdeveloped. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Tayler
I wasn't sure what to expect from a story told in 4 different POV's. Surprisingly I loved it though. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by kolb88
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. Read more
This book is really good. If your reading this just cuz your bored, your not going to get it. But if you read it hoping to understand the author, or characters, or you already... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Jen Cubberly
I am now 18 i first read this book when i was 16 i absolutely love the story line. This is a great book for teens. They can relate. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Deseree
Overall, I thought Tangled was a pretty good book. I would suggest not giving up on it when you read Jena and Dakota's parts you may not think it's worth finishing because they... Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Saucy