Review: Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

12 Aug

TangledMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book, and I loved the concept.

The overall structure is much like that of  The House on Fortune Street, four overlapping short stories, each focusing on a different character.

Each story gives us a portrait of a character, with only that character fully fleshed out. The other characters are seen only through the eyes of that teen. And yes, each teen is on the self-centered side when telling their own story.

I liked Jena, the bookworm that’s stuck on what should be a dream vacation, but it doesn’t quite deliver on that promise. She doesn’t get along with her mom’s best friend’s daughter, Skye, a beautiful, stuck up actress. Then Jena meets Dakota. Jena’s first romance is the highlight of the trip– except that he turns out to be a jerk.

And this is when the story changes– a month later and Dakota’s turn. And yes, Dakota really and truly is a jerk (particularly to his brother, Owen as well as the girls in his life), and during this story he starts to realize it as well.

Before we see where Dakota takes these thoughts, we move on to Skye. Skye isn’t as stuck up as she seems to Jena, and she’s having a hard time with her outwardly perfect life. It was fun to come back and see here view of Jena, since I felt I knew Jena from her chapter. Skye doesn’t give Jena enough credit, either.  And now Jena knows Skye’s secret…

Owen’s chapter closes the book, tying up the loose ends. Owen lives on the computer. He’s got a blog where he talks about the ins and outs of daily life as a teen. Jena’s sighting of Owen on the vacation at the start of the book up piqued her curiosity, and the two of them got to know each other on-line. Owen steps out into the real world for a non-computer related adventure, and all four stories are pulled back in.

Intertwined might be a better title than tangled, since the strings linking the stories are fairly straightforward. All in all, this was an enjoyable read.

I borrowed this book from Pam at Bookalicious, who received it for review.  I don’t know where the FTC stands on disclosing this, but I want to thank Pam and Harper Collins.


Posted by on August 12, 2010 in books, reviews


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2 responses to “Review: Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

  1. Pam

    August 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I quite liked Owen’s story and how the book ended.

  2. mode20100

    August 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    A+ would read again


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