I want to read this book so much, I'm a fan of Carolyn and I've loved her books so far -specially The Eart, My Butt and Other Big Round Things - so I'm even more excited more now 'cause you made it sound even more interesting! Thanks for the review AG. I really love Mackler's stuff. She has a way with characters. They always seem so real.

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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Every character is flawed -- some more profoundly than others -- but readers may be inspired by their willingness to change. Dakota, most notably, decides to start treating people better. Jena learns to like who she is and Owen takes a big risk.

Even Skye, who has an intense struggle towards the end of her own story, is able to make peace with a different side of herself. Dakota and Jena have a pretty intense make-out session shortly after meeting at the resort.

He also makes many comments about her body. Jena wonders about Skye's sex life, and later spends the night alone with Dakota's brother though they only kiss. Dakota and Skye both talk about having sex in high school, and Skye auditions for many sexy roles as an actress. Characters drink beer and champagne. Dakota meets a woman who smokes, though she says she doesn't do it around her child.

There is lots of adult language, including sex-related words, and characters drink and smoke. Even more, characters are dealing with heavy stuff: Dakota's girlfriend died in a car accident and Jena finds a mysterious suicide note while on vacation. Overall, while characters make a point to change themselves for the better, this is definitely a book for mature readers.

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now. Add your rating See all 2 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 10 kid reviews. This book is narrated by four different teens: Jena and Skye -- opposites whose mothers were college roommates -- and brothers Dakota and Owen.

All four end up spending their Spring Break at an expensive Caribbean resort. Meanwhile, shy Owen spends most of his vacation writing on his blog, Loser With a Laptop.

As they recount their own stories over the next few months, these characters reveal some intense personal struggles: Dakota's cheerleader girlfriend died in a car crash and seemingly perfect Skye struggles with a secret no one suspects.

And they each grow up in some important way, too This is a complicated piece of work, but Mackler handles her material well. She even manages to make each character sympathetic -- including those who don't seem very nice on the surface. As with many novels narrated by multiple characters, readers will identify with some of protagonists more than others. Also, because Mackler is juggling so much plot here, not all the characters or plot points get fully developed -- this is especially true in Dakota's story, where he meets an interesting woman right as he is wrapping up his section.

Families can talk about responsibility. In the beginning of this book, Jena finds an anonymous suicide note. Would you tell an adult, or keep it a secret like Dakota suggests? What kind of sacrifices would you make for fame? Would you drop out of school to spend more time on your career? Give up your favorite junk food? If you were Skye's mom, would you want your daughter to sacrifice so much at such a young age?

Owen gets sent to a camp for kids who are so obsessed with technology that they've failed to develop social skills. Obviously, the camp is a bad fit for him -- but are programs like this necessary? Do you know kids that spend more time with media then they do with real life? Do you think there's a problem with being always plugged in? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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Popular with kids. Sex, mature themes make engaging read for older teens. Carolyn Mackler Coming of Age Rate book. Read or buy. Based on 2 reviews.

Based on 10 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value. Positive Messages. A good message that anyone can change for the better.

Mentions of a fatal car accident and an anonymous suicide note is found. Lots of adult language, including lots of sex-related words. Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Wondering if Tangled is OK for your kids? Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say.

Adult Written by CElizabeth January 12, It was alright, slightly boring. Even though the character of Dakota has quite sexual thoughts and actions, the characters are good for a mid-teen to adult audience.

I wouldn't recommend i Continue reading. Report this review. Parent of a year-old Written by Noemie Macheel June 11, Teen, 14 years old Written by Morgan66 June 21, Good book It contain's some sexual content, at the same time it is a good book. Teen, 14 years old Written by livingatthelibrary April 11, Amazing book!! I loved this book!! I read it for a book report in the 6th grade. What's the story? Continue reading Show less.

Is it any good? Talk to your kids about For kids who love relationship reads. Teen Romance Novels. Coming-of-Age Books. Our editors recommend. Fun prep school story, but full of racy content.

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Carolyn Mackler Quotations

It was a typical Wednesday evening in Topeka, New York. Spring break was coming up next week, so I had nine minutes of homework, which I did while IMing my best friends, Ellie and Leora, surfing for celebrity gossip, and sending a virtual plate of snickerdoodles to my brother's ReaLife page. And then, since I have no self-control, I opened every photo on his page and drooled waterfalls over his caramel cheekbones and milk-chocolate eyes. I lust after Samir and, yes, have even fantasized about how we'll gloriously merge cultures me: Jewish, him: Indian for our wedding ceremony. Never mind the trivial fact that when I pass Samir at school he rarely waves at me. What a good start.


The first protagonist is Jena, a chatty, insecure year-old, who feels fat and imperfect. Skye treats Jena with barely disguised condescension, deliberately going after the hunky, athletic Dakota, a fellow vacationer who initially showed an interest in Jena. For his part, Dakota, still shaken by the untimely death of his mostly off-again girlfriend, is there at the express command of his divorced mother, who wants him to bond with his younger brother, Owen, a shy blogger who hides his considerable smarts behind his laptop. An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter. The whirlwind of a wedding, college visits, prom, and the last few months of senior year provides an excellent backdrop for this final book about Lara Jean. The characters ping from event to event with emotions always at the forefront.

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