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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061731048
  • 9780061731044
  • 1,138,644

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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. --Booklist"
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4,219 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 23% (976)
4 30% (1,261)
3 31% (1,316)
2 12% (486)
1 4% (180)

Our customer reviews

Four teens spend their spring break in Paradise, an island in the Caribbean. None of them want to be there, but the things that begin in Paradise will have an impact on their lives long after they leave. After being there, Jenna realizes that she must be the one to take the steps to really begin her life. Dakota will begin on his journey to healing. Skye will be forced to see that life is too short to be anything less than real, and Owen will eventually understand that a real life can be even better than a life online. Told from the view of all four teens, this book keeps you reading. The characters are complex and through their actions warn us to not judge too quickly. As you read, you learn that people are always more than what appears on the surface. With strong writing and characters, this is a book to watch for. In TANGLED, Carolyn Mackler shows off her writing skills with a book that is sure to please and reminds us of what Max Ehrman said: "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."show more
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