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Twisted Paperback – May 15, 2008
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- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 5/15/2008
- Pages: 272
- Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
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Through Tyler's eyes we watch how his world is affected by one mistake. How that mistake changes the way people around him see and treat him... some for the worse and others for the better. But also how, that mistake also changes Tyler's view of himself.
There are many heavy topics in this book with very real and serious situations, but it's not an all dark and deep read. Anderson does a fantastic job balancing the weighty and contemplative with the light and comical moments that are the reality of teen life. I laughed out loud just as much as my heart broke while reliving this young man's senior year.
Twisted is a beautifully crafted read that is impossible to put down. A brutally honest look at a broken family and a teen that is basically a good guy struggling to make the right choices and be a better man... Even when no one else believes he can be... Even when doing the right thing still lands him in life changing hot water. I absolutely love the quote on the back of the book and think it does an excellent job summing things up... "Everybody told him to be a man. Nobody told him how."
Tyler used to be a nameless nobody with a secret crush on the hottest girl in school. That is until he got into trouble that landed him probation and a community service stint working with the school's maintenance crew over summer. As the new school year starts, Tyler's ripped, six-feet tall and hot! And he's thinking he might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. But he has also become the infamous bad boy from last year who committed the "Foul Deed," which continues to plague him during senior year.
I loved the author's depiction of Tyler. She does an excellent job of writing from the teen boy perspective...he's moody and angry at times, funny and caring, hormonal and lusting after his secret crush, Bethany. An overall normal teenage boy! Even with a "twisted" dysfunctional family and a world gone awry from his one big mistake, he totally enthralled me.
"THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR CHILDREN" is stamped on the inside cover of the book. I had to laugh at that. TWISTED is for teenagers, their parents and anyone who wants a real look into the inner psyche and struggles of a teen boy growing into manhood. This is not just a book for boys. It's a book for girls who want to learn about a boy's mind and to see how boys struggle just as much as girls do as they grow into adulthood. Even when Tyler thinks his problems are insurmountable and he toys with the idea of suicide, there's so much hope in this story. So many people are there for Tyler from his best friend, his mother and sister, his English teacher to the janitorial crew he befriended over the summer. They all make him realize he has so much to offer to the world beyond high school.
With a dose of humor, TWISTED is an insightful and powerful page-turner. It's an excellent example of a young adult novel from a male point of view that should be read by boys, girls and adults alike. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Anderson's work. I'm hooked.
He's got the hots for a girl out of his league. She just happens to be the daughter of Tyler's father's boss and her brother has been bullying Tyler all through school. But due to all the strenuous labor Tyler has been forced to do, he's bulked up.
The girl becomes interested in Tyler and they go to a big party. She gets waisted and tries to seduce Tyler who decides to do the proper thing and not take advantage of her. She blows him off and disappears for a long time. Tyler drives her and her brother home because they are too drunk to walk.
Long story short, Tyler gets in trouble for taking pictures of her in various stages of dress.
Tyler has issues with his father as well, but I'll leave the rest for you guys to find out.