Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“Tangled is a story of four teenagers and how their lives intertwine. One learns to make bold decisions, another learns to accept consequences for their actions, and another learns that love isn't as it seems. An excellent read by a talented author.”
— Maggie Carr, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
Maybe I'll decide I have a life story, too, and I'll reveal some of it.
The good girl, the jock, the beautiful one, and the geek. Tangle them together, and the unexpected happens.
Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all in Paradise. When they meet, they have no idea how they will all connect—or that their chance encounters will transform each of their lives.
The secrets we keep, the risks we take, and the things we do for love: Four months after it all begins in Paradise, none of them will ever be the same.
“Subtle then intense, hilarious then heartbreaking, TANGLED grabs you and doesn’t let go.”
“Make it not end! I *loved* reading about Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. I loved getting a peek into their messy, juicy, miserable, wonderful lives, and I loved being reminded that existence itself is all about the tangling of souls.”
“Carolyn Mackler is a remarkably astute observer of human frailties and hearts. In four interlocking tales of redemption and romance, she reminds us why we’re alive and what we might mean to one another if we’d only reach out.”
“Well, there goes your weekend. You’ve just picked up Carolyn Mackler’s TANGLED. Cancel your plans. You’re not going to want to be anywhere else.”
“With her trademark humor and insight, Carolyn Mackler offers a dynamic tale of four wholly different yet totally relatable teens whose lives intersect in fascinating and touching ways.”
“Brimming with girl appeal and emotionally generous… deftly demonstrate[es] that people aren’t always who they seem to be.”
“Mackler expertly creates believable characters, plots, and settings. The various viewpoints weave together to create a compelling and cohesive whole. A story that begs for discussion.”
“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. Their insecurities, desires, and questions about family, self–worth, and first love are timeless.”
More Praise for Carolyn Mackler: “Carolyn Mackler has a knack for making characters seem perfectly real (flaws, goofiness, awesomeness and all!)”
“Mackler is an accomplished writer for older YA readers, especially those serious about understanding human emotions and behavior.”
“Mackler writes with…insight and humor.”
“Mackler . . . does an amazing job of capturing the wistful self-consciousness of teenage girls.”