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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
Rating: 4.4/5

Synopsis: Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all at Paradise—the resort in the Caribbean, that is—for different reasons, but in Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Over the course of four months, through four voices and four stories, what happened in Paradise will change them all.

Carolyn Mackler…how have I not read any of her books before? Tangled just leaves me in awe! Every one of the four stories was crafted so uniquely. All four of the “tangled”, Jena, Skye, Owen, and Dakota, are very distinct from each other. No pair is alike at all. Being told from four points of views, Mackler develops the characters so well that you can tell them all apart just by reading a few sentence from their part.

To write a review for this book would be like writing a review for four. Their stories are so different, but yet so connected. Their insecurities added to the multiple layers of the books. The fact that all four of these people become involved in a way all due to one place is amazing. I am still rereading my favorite parts from this book.

The only thing I didn’t really enjoy about the book was how confusing it was at certain parts, but that was because of the mini cliffhangers at each story's end. Otherwise, this is a very solid read!

One thing that makes this story very different from others is how each character’s story doesn’t just end right there. It’s open, and all your questions are answered by the last turn of a page.

What I thought of…

The Beginning: I loved the beginning. It hooked me in, and never let me go. Jena’s story was sweet, and I could relate to her the most. Definitely a great start!

The Middle: There were many things going around here. I just couldn’t stop reading. It was beautiful.

The End: It was endearing and tied all four stories together in the nicest way possible. I can’t stop rereading the last couple of pages…

Favorite quote from book:
"...but for now, nothing has to happen. For now, I can just be here in this strange bed at sunrise..."

[FTC: Received from publisher for review.]


Tales of Whimsy said...

Oooo nice review. Thank you. Great quote.

Sandy said...

Carolyn Mackler's a great writer. You should read Love and Other Four Letter Words. THAT book is so wonderful. :) Anyways, I'm glad you liked Tangled! I won it in December but I still haven't read it yet xDD

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I've never read anything by Carolyn Mackler, but I've heard some great things about this book. I think I need to pick it up soon. Thanks for the review!

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