Arc Symbol : The kingdom's sun insignia. Finding it hidden in her artwork is what leads Rapunzel to realize she's really the long-lost princess.
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Not to mention that he swordfights better than any human. And that he understands all human speech. Pascal is a Hollywood Chameleon —although he does change color based on his emotions, sometimes he instead changes colors according to the surface he's on, and even does his best to match objects with colorful patterns on them—and like Maximus, also communicates much better with humans especially Rapunzel than a real reptile would. Art Shift : A traditionally drawn and animated closing credits sequence, in what's become a recent tradition for Disney and Pixar computer animated films.
Awesome Mc Coolname : Flynn Rider. His real name is much less impressive, and he took the Flynn Rider name from his favorite swashbuckling hero. Maximus also qualifies. Flynn is hoping all the attention will spook Rapunzel. Back from the Dead : Eugene, thanks to Rapunzel's tears. This is a Shout-Out to the original tale, in which Rapunzel healed her beloved's eyesight in the same manner. Bad-Guy Bar : Double Subverted with the Snuggly Duckling, as we're not initially told it has bad guys in it, especially with a name like that.
Zig-zagged when it turns out that all the thugs want to do better things. Bag of Kidnapping : After learning that Rapunzel's hair can be used to heal people and therefore could be worth a lot of money, the Stabbington brothers try to capture her with this method, they would've succeeded if Mother Gothel hadn't knocked them out from behind.
Rapunzel attempts to leave the bar, and Flynn follows her, but the regulars at the bar immediately recognize Flynn and hold him hostage while one of them goes to find the guards. Rapunzel orders them to put Flynn down, asking, "Haven't any of you had a dream? He then throws his axe into the wall, signaling a musical number where each regular professes his "dream".
His reaction is: Flynn : Oh, no, this is bad Look in that mirror. I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. Oh, look, you're there, too! Rapunzel : And then I'll brush and brush, and brush and brush my hair! Flynn : Ya smell that? Your thoughts? Rapunzel : Something brought you here Flynn : A horse.
Pub Thug : That's a loooooot of hair Flynn : She's growing it out. Flynn : Is that blood in your mustache? Goldie, look at this! Look at all the blood in his mustache! Good sir, that's a lot of blood! Flynn : You were my new dream. Tropes E to L. He named himself after a swashbuckling hero he was a fan of as a kid. Emerging from the Shadows : Rapunzel does this, frying pan in hand, the first time Flynn sees her after she ties him up with her hair in the tower. Enter Stage Window : The main entrance to Rapunzel's tower is through a window with the aid of her hair.
Eureka Moment : Rapunzel has a rather epic one as she notices the unforeseen sketches of the kingdom's sun symbol on her mural, making her realize she is the lost princess. Even Evil Has Standards : Possibly. In the prologue, Gothel only sneaks into the nursery with the intention of taking a lock of Rapunzel's hair, hoping to get the magic that way. It's only when she realizes the hair won't work if it's cut off that she kidnaps the child. However, this may have been more of a case of Pragmatic Villainy because it would have been much easier to steal a lock of hair as opposed to kidnapping a princess.
Everyone Hates Mimes : Alluded to; Ulf, who wants to be a mime, gets some very disturbed looks from the people he's performing in front of at the end. It's all a distraction for one group of guards so they are standing perfectly still while Vladimir charges them from the side and plows them over. Everything's Better with Princesses : Rapunzel in the original tale is not a princess. She's just an ordinary peasant girl.
The film upgrades her to a long-lost princess. Also, showing how prevalent this trope is, the prince from the tale was turned into a peasant thief. Exact Words : Part of why Rapunzel's complete and utter devotion to keeping her promises didn't keep her from leaving the tower in the first place. The promise she agrees to at the end of "Mother Knows Best" is "Promise me you'll never ask to leave this tower again". Extremely Short Timespan : Excepting the prologue, the whole thing is over before the end of the third day. Facial Composite Failure : Flynn : They just can't get my nose right!
Mother knows best! Flynn : No, no, no, sorry, boys. I don't sing. Just much less touchy-feely Flynn : You should know that this is the strangest thing I have ever done! Rapunzel : I am the lost princess. Aren't I?
Or should I even call you that? Flynn : You should know that this is the strangest thing I've ever done! Tropes M to P. MacGuffin : The crown, although only for part of the film. MacGuffin Blindness : Rapunzel spends the entirety of the story fascinated by the multitude of glowing lights that appear in the sky each year on the night of her birthday. She doesn't recognize that she's the reason those lights are in the sky until very late in the movie, due to Mother Gothel's manipulative upbringing.
Made of Iron : Flynn should at least be bruised from head to toe with many broken bones and concussions from all the abuse he goes through in this movie, but most of it doesn't leave a scratch on him. Though, he's still vulnerable to daggers and pointy rocks. The abuse that Maximus' legs put up with would cripple a normal horse a dozen times over. But thanks to Toon Physics , they do fine. Not to mention the fact that he Maximus falls off a cliff, lands on his back and springs to his feet completely uninjured.
Maximus and Flynn both demonstrate this perfectly when Flynn lands on Maximus after being catapulted and flying through the air during the prison escape scene. Considering the sheer force with which he lands in the saddle, that should have put Flynn in agony , and it should have broken Maximus' back. Magic Hair : Rapunzel's hair has magic healing powers and serves as a Fountain of Youth.
Manipulative Bastard : Flynn at the beginning of the movie. Easy to overlook because of his charm and handsome looks, and in the end he turns out to have a Hidden Heart of Gold , but Him backstabbing the Stabbington brothers no pun intended , his partners at that point, by running away with the crown leaving them at a cliff they can't climb while they're being pursued by the guards. He can achieve a lot by using his handsome looks, and he sure knows it - lampshaded when he mentions how his smoulder always works. He uses Reverse Psychology on Rapunzel, when he guilt-trips her about her adventure, disguised as encouragement for it.
When this doesn't work, he uses the knowledge he just got that she's afraid of thugs, to lead her to a place full of thugs. Manly Tears : It's always the King shown crying, never the Queen. However, for that reason, his tears just seem all the more heartbreaking. Market-Based Title : The film is called "Rapunzel", or at least contains the name Rapunzel, in some countries. Averted when aired on both Disney Channel Asia and Star Movies as they still refer to the film under its original name. Marshmallow Hell : Mother Gothel does this a couple of times Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane : Flynn really doesn't think it's destiny.
Mother Gothel is never actually seen to use any magic of her own. While her costume suggests that she is a witch, and she worked out how to get the flower and Rapunzel's hair to restore her youth, she never states that she can use magic, and we don't see her use anything which couldn't be achieved by sleight of hand albeit very cunning, but she's had a long time to practice She uses a mundane solution even when magic would clearly be easier, like sidling over to the wall and knocking it surreptitiously at the start of "Mother Knows Best" to start the "special effects".
Meaningful Echo : Mother Gothel wearily proclaims that she looks like "the bad guy" after an argument with Rapunzel in the beginning of the film. The second time she says it, she decides to take the role much more literally. This takes on some sinister connotations when you realize that Gothel appears to be saying this last line to Rapunzel's hair , rather than to Rapunzel herself—implying that she sees Rapunzel as nothing more than a life-support system for the magic hair.
When Flynn and Rapunzel are about to see the lights appear, Rapunzel is worried about what she'll do with her life after living her dream. He consoles her by telling her, "Well, that's the good part I guess. Dying, he says, "You were my new dream. The second time, it's not Rapunzel throwing it down. Meaningful Name : Rapunzel's name derives from the magical rampion of the beginning prologue. Eugene is Greek for "well born", so it's only fitting that he later marries the princess. And the "Fitz-" prefix on a surname was used in ye olde days of Britain to indicate an illegitimate but acknowledged child.
But I guess that's material for a sequel. The Stabbington Brothers are a little more obvious. The kingdom's name is Corona which means "Crown" and is usually used to refer to the halo around the sun. A Minor Kidroduction : The protagonist, Rapunzel is first seen as a baby and later, as a child. Mood Lighting : When Rapunzel is first introduced, the inside of the tower is bright and full of color.
After she returns from seeing the lanterns, the inside of the tower is dull and darkly colored, showing she no longer sees the tower as a place to live after getting used to the outside world. Mood-Swinger : Provides the trope's page image. Hook-hand Thug : I Gothel : Rapunzel, do you know what I see in that mirror? Flynn : Frankly I'm too scared to ask about the frog Flynn : [ in mid-smoulder ] This is kind of an off-day for me, this doesn't normally happen.
Big Nose : Can't you see me with a special little lady Rowing in a rowboat down the stream? Tropes Q to Z. Rapid Aging : Gothel has only kept herself young by using the magic flower for several hundreds of years, and later by using Rapunzel's hair. It's clear that by the time Rapunzel is eighteen, Gothel will age dramatically within just a few days if she doesn't 'top up'.
When Rapunzel's hair is cut at the end of the movie, the magic is undone. Gothel ages extremely fast, and is reduced to nothing but dust within a matter of minutes. Rapunzel Hair : Exaggerated , with Rapunzel's hair being 70 feet long. In this case it is explicitly magical hair, which both explains how it was able to grow that long to begin with and how she can move about without it weighing more than she does. Real Trailer, Fake Movie : To promote the film, several commercials based on certain aspects of it were made, including one for a frying pan that focuses more on its conking capabilities than its cooking capabilities, a fake perfume called "Smoulder" by Flynn , news coverage of the opening as if it were a high-speed chase "Speeds in excess of 24 mph" , and a fake real estate advert putting the tower up for sale.
Reality Ensues : Played for laughs. When the thugs sing there Crowd Song , Flynn responds like a real person would, not like a Disney character would. Really Years Old : Mother Gothel. In the opening narration it's even said that she predates Rapunzel's kingdom by several centuries. Some of their dreams include: floral arrangements, interior design, miming, baking cupcakes, knitting, puppet shows, and collecting ceramic unicorns.
He doesn't gloat or sneer at Rider when he takes him to the gallows. It's a somber, "Let's get this over with, Rider. Compare to Aladdin 's Razoul, another captain of the guard with a thief that constantly thwarted him. However, bereft of her source of vitality, she undergoes No Immortal Inertia to the point that impact with the ground results in a billowy dust cloud and Empty Piles of Clothing. Releasing from the Promise : Flynn is quite ingenious in his attempts to get Rapunzel to do this. Somewhat later, Mother Gothel tells her to do it and find out what really held him.
Later, once they are in love, she does. Remembered I Could Fly : Rapunzel remembers her magic glowing hair just in time to use it to save herself and Flynn from drowning. Required Secondary Powers : Rapunzel's magic hair must also be magically immune to split ends and other problems that would plague normal hair that hasn't been cut for 18 years. Mother Gothel has been using the hair's magic daily, which probably also has the power to heal the hair in ways that no Real Life shampoo can achieve.
It never happened, but Rapunzel is not there anyway. Road Trip Romance : Fits the trope to a T. Interestingly, this was also the plot of Disney's previous animated feature. The reason why Hook-Hand can play two handed showtunes like a virtuoso despite having, well, a hook for a hand: it's all part of the hilariously sudden absurdity — he also plays so hard at one point that he tears most of the keys off the piano, but since it's a gag it doesn't actually affect the song or his playing.
Rule of Symbolism : The sun, the stars, light in general, and unicorns are all important motifs in the story. And not in the way you think, at least for the unicorns. When Rapunzel breaks free of Gothel and declares she will never let her use her hair as a Fountain of Youth again, she knocks over the mirror, a symbol of Gothel's vanity and selfishness.
And this even provides the means by which Flynn cuts the hair, thus causing Gothel's own death. Running Gag : Flynn's wanted posters never getting his nose right, the use of frying pans as surprisingly effective combat weapons, etc. Rewatch Bonus : On the poster shown at the very beginning, Flynn's nose is actually correct. Jenna: Stronger than ever. View all 3 comments. Jul 02, Katie rated it liked it.
I have read one of Carolyn Mackler's books in the past and I was really expecting more from Tangled. It was a good book but I don't think it lived up to it's full potential. Also, the summary was a bit misleading, at least it seemed that way to me. Tangled is the story of four different teens who meet in Paradise. The summary makes it seem like the whole story takes place in Paradise and that the characters are all together throughout the book when really only a tiny part of the book actually tak I have read one of Carolyn Mackler's books in the past and I was really expecting more from Tangled.
The summary makes it seem like the whole story takes place in Paradise and that the characters are all together throughout the book when really only a tiny part of the book actually takes place in Paradise. After the first fifty or so pages, everyone is back living their normal lives and the time spent in Paradise is only a minuscule part of that.
Also, it seems more like the things that happened when they left Paradise had a bigger impact on their lives. The story is told from four different point-of-views but it's not the typical way. Instead of switching characters by chapters, each section of the book is a different person's story. I didn't see how they had an impact on each other's lives when they barely knew each other. Also, I felt like as the sections of the book switched characters, the characters kind of got lost.
I didn't get to know the characters very well and when they showed up later in the book, they were completely transformed but it just seemed kind of magical. I never found out what made them change or how they changed but they were different. It was just poor character development. I did like how the author connected these four people but they weren't exactly strangers to begin with. Jena and Skye went to Paradise together as did Owen and Dakota. And it wasn't like it was a coincidence how they met.
It all seemed a little to planned out. I think I was expecting it to be more spontaneous. Overall, Tangled was just okay. I like Carolyn Mackler's writing so I still enjoyed the book, it just wasn't what I expected. It was a pretty fun book and definitely an easy one to read so check it out sometime!
Mar 01, Myndi rated it really liked it. I loved the way each character had their own little story in the book, but it showed how their lives ended up interweaving in incredible ways. Each story has it's own little lesson to be taken away as well. We start with Jena. Her story is a very important lesson for all teenage girls Learn to love yourself in the skin you're in. This is something I even have to remind myself pretty much every day! Jena doesn't think she's pretty or worthy.
She ends up learn I loved the way each character had their own little story in the book, but it showed how their lives ended up interweaving in incredible ways. She ends up learning not only to love herself, but she learns that the people we think have it all might not be as happy as they look. Next comes Dakota. After suffering a huge loss, he's foundering and makes some pretty major mistakes.
He ends up semi-banished, but learns to see things for what they really are and realizes he wants to make some changes in how he acts and treats other people. Then we have Skye, whom everyone thinks is perfect. Underneath her glamour and the excitement of her life, she's struggling with inner demons that no one knows about.
Her story truly touched me and I hope that anyone who is struggling like Skye will find someone to reach out to. Not one of us is all alone. Finally, we get to know Owen. Living a life electronically, he is sent to a "Real Life" camp by a concerned mother. The lesson, of course, being that we should put down our phones, walk away from our computers, and experience life for real. When he finally does, he finds it to be more than he could have ever hoped for.
I think this is a great book for teens, as it covers so many prudent topics for their lives. Jul 24, Joti rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was like a 4-part story of 4 people whose lives are entwined with each other's. And that there's more to people than there appears to be on the surface. There are reasons that people are the way they are.
It reminded me a lot of that saying 'The world is a small place' or whatever it is. But the story was really good. She thinks Skye has everything. And she sses his brother, but doesn't know who he his at the time. Part 2: Dakota seemed like an asshole but really, he wasn't.
It wasn't right for him to treat Jena like he did, but his girlfriend, Natalie had died. There, he meets Shasta, a girl in her twenties with a 2-year old kid. She wants to fool around with him but he says no but fixes up a broken board on her porch. They stay in touch after that, too. And Dakota realizes that he can change for the better, not be an asshole. Part 3: Skye wrote the suicide note. She writes another. She's depressed and is going through the motions of her life, hoping things will get better. She's not happy. She doesn't care about anything anymore.
Funny how Jena thought the same. She wants to know more about her father, who also committed suicide in a motorcycle crash, she thought. Part 4: Lastly, Owen, Dakota's brother. His mother sends him to this seminar thing for unsocial teens to get away from technology. So he does. Dakota changed a lot. It was sweet. They stayed in Skye's apartment who was in Brazil with her mother, meeting her dead father's family and Jena kissed him!
It was adorable : And Owen realizes that for people to get a social life, things need to happen naturally. Great story. I liked the 4 different perspectives. Jan 10, Noemi claudine rated it it was amazing Shelves: gradeir-books-christopher. A girl named Jenna a quirky, quote collector girl who wants a more interesting life. A boy named Dakota who's girlfriend just died and decides to leave his player self for a new person.
When they are all intertwined through "Paradise" a resort in the Caribbean, each of them change there live this book is split up into 4 parts. When they are all intertwined through "Paradise" a resort in the Caribbean, each of them change there lives. I can relate this book to a movie I saw about a high school students that all have a problem and all want to change. One of the characters is a nerd trying to fit in. Another the popular girl who picks on everyone. A boy who doesn't know when to say yes and another girl who can't stand her body. This is like tangled because they all have problems that they want to fix and maybe someone with a different problem can help you too.
I rated this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed how it was split up into 4 different characters but they all intertwined together. I would recommend this book to someone who likes books about people trying to change for the best. I hope a second one comes out! View 1 comment. Jul 17, Jessica Smith rated it it was ok Shelves: skip-it. As someone who really enjoyed all of Carolyn Mackler's books so far, i was looking forward to reading Tangled. However, the book was a disappointment for me. First of all, none of the characters had a spark for me that made me feel like I wanted to know more about them.
Jena had potential, but still didn't interest me at all for some reason. Dakota was kind of an a-hole, but "changed his ways" by choosing to Not sleep with an older, single mother. Skye was just kind of flat and depressing to r As someone who really enjoyed all of Carolyn Mackler's books so far, i was looking forward to reading Tangled. Skye was just kind of flat and depressing to read about. And Owen Well, his part was probably my favorite, so I can't complain about him.
Second, the plot wasn't really what I was expecting. I thought it would be spending more time at Paradise, but in reality that was only the first of four parts. I just wasn't very interested in what was going on. And then in Skye's part the whole thing builds up to an event that was practically ignored in the end. I don't remember what else I was going to say Apr 06, Cat rated it did not like it Shelves: disappointing , irritating-main-character , omigod-so-freakin-boring , would-die-if-i-read-this-again , worst-book-ever , boring.
View all 5 comments. Feb 28, Robby rated it it was amazing. There are some books that, once I see the cover, I know I need to read it. I see the cover or the title and I just know that I'm going to love it. This was one of those books. People are always talking about Carolyn Mackler and how she is one of the greatest YA authors on the market.
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Now, after reading this, I understand why. This was the first Carolyn Mackler book I have read. It is not going to be the last. Tangled is about four people and how one week changes all of their lives. The book follows There are some books that, once I see the cover, I know I need to read it. The book follows them over the course of four months, each narrator telling their side of the story. For each month, there is a different narrator. The book follows them for only a few days, but it is always enough to know that that one weekend in Paradise changed their lives.
It changed everyone. The first narrator is Jena. Jena is a sweet, innocent girl. She has a composition notebook that she writes quotes in. She reads books written years and years before she was born. She has never been in love. When her mother tells her that they are going to Paradise, an island in the Caribbean, Jena is hesitant yet strangely excited to go.
Jena's mother's old college friend had two extra tickets and offered them to Jena's mom and that was that. She was on her way. Off to Paradise with Jena, her mother, and her mother's friend, was Skye. Since they were children, Jena and Skye have always been pushed together while their mothers catch up on their lives since college. Where Jena is awkward and shy, Skye is luscious and confident.
In Paradise, Jena doesn't fall in love. She does meet a boy, and she does learn quite a few things about herself and the world of relationships. She finds a suicide note.
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She realizes that Paradise might not be everything she'd made it out to be. She grows. The second narrator is Dakota. He's the boy that Jena hooked up with. The first part of the book, Jena's part, took place in April. Now, we are in May. Dakota is your typical teenage boy- cocky, arrogant, secretly sensitive.
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He has been dating a girl named Natalie on and off for quite some time. They fight and break up, get back together. They always end up alright, for the most part. Until she dies. Now, a few months later, he has put Paradise behind him. He barely even thinks about Jena anymore. She didn't mean much of anything at all to him. Now, he only thinks about Natalie. Dakota's part begins the day of an assembly at his high school, remembering Natalie. Her family is there, her old friends that used to be his friends. He's going to have to make a speech. He's going to have to stand in front of everyone and speak about how much he loved Natalie, how much he loves her.
Fast forward a few hours and he's packing his bags for his grandparents' house. Dakota's parents are divorced, Dakota living with his overbearing policeman father, Dakota's younger brother living with his mom. He used to visit them, the other half of his family. He doesn't anymore. At his grandparents' house, Dakota also learns quite a bit about himself.
He realizes that those few days with Jena meant a lot more to him than he thought. It's not that he has feelings for Jena, but it's that he can't do that anymore, hook up with girls. So Dakota decides to restart, with the help of a woman he meets while he's out for a walk. Dakota decides to give himself another chance. The third part of Tangled is from Skye's point of view. Skye has spent her whole life living in NYC, making her way around town auditioning for commercials and movies, primetime TV shows.
She's landed a few roles, been rejected for almost as many. And there's always been that pressure on her, even if she puts it on herself. The past few months, things have been The boy she was in love with left her. The roles she have been auditioning for are draining.
She's faking it, the smile and the happiness and she's an actress, so shouldn't she be able to pull it off? She has pulled it off, for a long time. Skye doesn't think she can do it anymore. In Paradise, she mostly just avoided everyone. She sat in the sun and in the shade and in her hotel room, thinking and thinking about the girl she used to be. Now, in June, she's running on empty. She's auditioning for two roles that are more important than all of the other ones she's been trying for the past few months. Her mother is pushing her and pushing her, even if she doesn't mean to. Skye can't keep going.
She knows that she can't fake it anymore. She knows that is it. She makes a decision. The fourth and final narrator is Owen. Owen is your typical geek- tall, lanky, technology-savvy. He's awkward and shy, always hiding behind a computer screen and writing on his blog Loser With A Computer. He is Dakota's younger brother. When his story begins, he's at a technology detox workshop at a hotel a few towns over from where he lives, being forced to communicate with people who are just like aren't anything like him.
They take his phone and his computer and he doesn't know what to do. I thought it was ironic that he was at a technology detox seminar because, earlier this week, I read Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn, which is about the same thing. Owen just wants to see his computer, just wants to feel it next to him. He wants to write on his blog and talk to Miz J and, wait, Miz J? When Jena was in Paradise, she saw Owen writing on his blog. She saw the title and she saw him but she didn't say anything because, well, she was shy. It's easier to fall in love with someone over the internet.
It begins with a simple sentence, Jena telling Owen that he should take the bus to NYC and see her at the museum she's interning at for the summer. It would be so easy, to break out of the hotel and get on a bus. It would be so easy. So he does it. I'm trying to be careful about the things I write about because I really don't want to give anything away. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, which is something I loved. Owen takes the bus to NYC and finally meets Jena. The ending of the book is perfect. Carolyn Mackler's writing is wonderful.
Funny and intense, layered characters and a layered storyline. It's easy to follow, especially because you're not jumping from character to character. In each part, you are updated on what's going on with the other characters. Even if the layout of the book was puzzling at first, it all comes together. There are no loose ends by the end of this book. I didn't expect who wrote the suicide note. I was thinking about it the whole time I was reading the book, and when I finally found out I dropped the book and just thought, What?!
The cover and the characters, the story and the writing Carolyn Mackler has written a brilliant book about four people and how just a few days can change the rest of their lives. We never really think about it, how important everything that happens to us is. Even the insignificant things end up meaning much more than we expect them to.
Tangled is the perfect example. Jun 22, Gee rated it liked it. This is a story of four individuals battling their teenage problems. It is a diverse read which tackles different mental health issues so I like the story over all. This is the first time I saw the writing style Carolyn Mackler used.
This is a good read if you are looking for a diverse read!
Apr 20, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , good-uns. It's been a couple of years since I picked up a Carolyn Mackler novel. So when I encountered the opportunity to review the book here I jumped at the chance to return once more to an author I'd enjoyed so much in the past. Jena is on the vacation from hell. Which is ironic as she's come to an island getaway literally called Paradise.
But it's not the place that's the problem. It's the people. Her normally terminally average mother is suddenly going to daily spa appointments with her rich best friend and drinking exotic drinks out of pineapples. Meanwhile, Jena is forced to "hang out" with her mom's best friend's daughter Skye and try and fail not to compare herself to her to a fatal degree. Skye is Jena's opposite in every way. Where Jena is short and curvy, Skye is tall and lithe. Where Jena is talkative and nerdy, Skye is remote and a budding actress. The two have less than nothing to talk about and so Jena finds herself wandering around Paradise alone wishing she were at home.
Then she meets Dakota. Charming and handsome and seemingly interested in shy Jena from Topeka, Dakota is everything she longs for and is sure she can never have.
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Their time spent together is akin to a dream come true for Jena, though she's never quite sure if he's for real or not and how far she'll have to go to keep him. Especially with Skye swanning around looking desolate and lonely and in need of a willing body to sweep her off her feet. And then there's Owen. Owen who runs a blog called Loser with a Laptop and who prefers to interact with people online rather than in person. That way he can be snarky and cool and never have to be embarrassed by his scrawny, nonathletic build and tendency to pull out his breathalyser when things get tense.
These four teens are each more precariously balanced than they realize and whether or not they will recover from the events of the summer is the million dollar question. I'm happy to say Carolyn Mackler does not disappoint with her fifth novel. I went in not sure I was really in the mood for an alternating viewpoint story about four teens who meet on an island in the middle of the Caribbean and drama ensues. But I should have remembered how strong and true to life Carolyn Mackler 's characterizations are.
Each of the four stories covers the space of one month and is told from one of the youth's perspectives, going from Jena to Dakota to Skye to Owen. It was a little jarring moving from Jena to Dakota, given the way I felt about him at the end of Jena's section. But the way the reader is just dropped smack dab into the unhappy mess that is his life effectively erases any disgruntlement at the switch within a few pages. And by the end of Dakota's section I just wanted it to go on, but I was all right making the move to Skye having had the surprising experience of getting to know Dakota.
But Owen's--the final story--may be my favorite. His is painful in its way as are the others but it also skillfully pulls them all together and hints at what the future might hold for each without detouring from the very endearing, socially challenged blogger. I read this book in a single gulp the night before last and I closed it, smiled, and went to bed happy.
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But I've found myself thinking about it ever since and feeling rather proud of each of the protagonists for taking control of their lives and wondering how they're doing and hoping they're happy and healthy and well. Dec 02, Vanessa Ornelas added it. I found it to be a really well written book it was funny, heart- warming, filled with tragedy but also filled with love.
It really highlights the effect of small things on a persons life and builds suspense till the end of it. Every page I read kept me wanting to know more about what it was all about. It is the story of four teens who spend a few days at Caribbean resort called Paradise. It s Jena is an insecure 16 year old girl who threw out her life has followed the acting career of her mother's best friend's daughter. A small fling with a really cute boy at Paradise leaves her heartbroken but stronger than ever. She is finally able to find herself because of this since the boy ends up leaving her for Skye.
Skye is everything that most girls including Jena want to be. Rich, famous, and gorgeous, but lately, she's been really down. So down in fact, that she's been writing suicide notes and leaving them in random spots one of which, is found by Jena. The discovery of the note and revelations about her father finally get Skye some help, and some answers. The brother of his dead girl friend starts telling that while they were in a family trip together she had cheated on him with some guy there and that the necklace she gave him was the necklace that guy gave her.
Dakota then socks him and he gets suspended from school and his baseball team then later he almost gets arrested and his parents find out about both incidents. Then his mother decides to take him and his brother, Owen, to Paradise. There, he does what everyone expects him to do, he acts like a jerk towards a really nice - but kind of insecure- girl.
When he gets home, the massive amount of trouble he causes gets him exiled to his grandparents house for a week where he meets a woman who makes him realize something important. Just because people expect you to be a bad person, it doesn't mean you have to be one. Owen has never been good at sports like his brother, Dakota, and he's never been good with people. His love-affair with his computer and his blog force his mother to send him to a seminar for internet-addicted kids.
What he doesn't know is that he met someone who is recently new and improved who just might help him break out of his shell. This is Jena she remember seeing Owen at the Paradise resort and on his computer he had a sticker on it and she remembered it looked it up and it was his blog after that she starts writing to him they become friends and they meet up in New York and Owen really likes her. The book is awesome the first part is all about Jena, the second part is about Dakota, the 3 part is Skye , and the ending is Owen. I found it funny how this one trip had such a positive impact on all there lives and how they connected them even more.
Since they went on this trip Skye was able to find out that he dad actually committed suicide, unlike what her mother told he died in a motorcycle accident.
It also helped her because Jena was able to find that note and Skye was able to get the help she needed. Jena was able to become a stronger person and find happiness with Owen and Dakota was able to see what he was doing wrong and change for the better. Overall I loved this book! Jan 12, Jan rated it it was ok Shelves: teenbooks. Summary: Four teens visit Paradise, a resort in the Caribbean, and their lives become tangled together after they meet.
As their lives intersect, they learn to look beyond their superficial impressions of each other and discover that each is much more compli Summary: Four teens visit Paradise, a resort in the Caribbean, and their lives become tangled together after they meet. As their lives intersect, they learn to look beyond their superficial impressions of each other and discover that each is much more complicated that the other imagined. Not only that, they are also more alike than they know, despite the fact that they seem to all live in completely different worlds.
The use of chronology, with each story told in succeeding months, highlights the development and growth of the characters. This is a character driven novel and the plot serves to develop each character. Characters: I enjoyed the contrast between these characters, who on the surface are seemingly worlds apart. This book is a coming of age, self discovery novel and as one might imagine, the sophisticated Skye, who seems to have everything, is in fact racked with insecurity. Jena, who on the surface is the insecure one, learns to be more confident even after a disastrous romantic encounter with Dakota.
I found that to be somewhat predictable, although enjoyable. The writing has a good pace, without an excess of exposition. This is a serviceable novel that really does not do anything spectacular, but is enjoyable to read.