Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

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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.


About Carolyn Mackler

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Carolyn Mackler is the author of the acclaimed young adult novel LOVE AND OTHER FOUR-LETTER WORDS, which was an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including SEVENTEEN, GIRLS' LIFE, TEEN PEOPLE, and GLAMOUR. Of THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS, she says, "So many of us feel like we don't quite fit in with the rest of the world, that we're inferior to others in some way. But things happen. Bad things happen. And many of us end up learning the difficult but important lesson that the people we idolize may not be all they're cracked up to be. And guess what? We're not so bad after all!"
Published December 16, 2009 by HarperCollins. 336 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brimming with girl appeal, Mackler’s emotionally generous, character-driven novel tells the story of four vacationing teens whose lives are forever changed after crossing paths on a tropical island.

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Starting with awkward Jena's Caribbean vacation, Mackler (Vegan Virgin Valentine ) is at her best with the kind of insecurities readers will find familiar, be it Jena's carefully chosen flight outfit (“under the glaring lights of Kennedy airport it all felt wrong”) or her self-consciousness aroun...

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need ot know that there is a lot of sex stuff here: Dakota and Jena have a pretty intense make-out session shortly after meeting at the resort and he and Skye both talk about having sex in high school.

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