Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler isn't your everyday read. And it definitely wasn't what I was expecting.
Tangled deals with four distincly different teenagers, all trying to make their way to a suitable life. We meet Jena, the self-conscious girl with a good head on her shoulders and a self-depricating sense of humor. We get to know Dakota, someone who at first seems like a total jerk, but because of circumstance and realtionships formed, we get to see a complete evolution of character. We see Skye, an aspiring actress who seems to have everything on a silver platter. Finding out later though, that she struggles with a lot of issues, herself. And lastly, there is Owen. The boy not sure of who he is or who he could be. It takes one week in Paradise to change them all.
This book focuses a lot on finding yourself and being comfortable with who you are. But nothing about it was pushy. It was a slow, subtle movement to get the point across, as it should be.
It really seemed like all the characters were developed. Minor flaws here and there. But that happens.
I really loved the four different point of views and how they all didn't depict the same incidents. It was told as a series of events over a few months. And how even though all the characters didn't have all that much to do with each other besides briefly being at the same resort as each other, they really connecting on a deeper level outside of that. I just love stories that somewhat blow your mind.
The writing stlye was catchy and had me hooked from the first few chapters. Perfect read for anytime, any mood. Well, unless you have a hankering for vampires.
I also adore the cover. It just makes me think that as humans, we are all connected on such a deeper level.
I have not read anything else of Carolyn Mackler, but I will definitely be on the lookout for other title!