1) I just won If I Stay by Gayle Forman from the wonderful Candace of The Misadventures in Candyland. It's coming by Snail Mail...eventually.
2) Tangled by Carolyn Mackler.
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.
I didn't like it, overall. It starts out with the POV of one character, on Paradise (Jena). You're introduced to all of the characters through Jena, even though she doesn't talk to all of them.
The next POV is Dakota, who you meet through Jena, obviously. I don't think that his stay at Paradise affected him at all. He didn't think about Paradise, much, and I don't think what he did there affected his actions much, and definitely not on his overall actions.
Then you have Skye. I think she's a selfish brat. Her story is about her feelings. (I'm trying not to be spoilery here) Her father has nothing to do with what happens to her. She just pulls him pointlessly into the story. She feels the way she does because she sees a dress. And Paradise did not affect her at all, really, except for something that Jena found out about.
Last is Owen. I'll credit this to Carolyn: She pulls it all full circle, bringing Jena back into the picture. Thinking back on it, Owen had a pretty interesting story.
One thing I would have liked to see in this book: I would have liked to see Dakota and Jena meet up again, just so he could admit his jerkiness. (Is that a word?)
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