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Twisted Hardcover – March 20, 2007
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Tyler likes his new look and isn't the only one. The most popular girl in school, the queen bee, Bethany Milbury suddenly starts noticing Tyler. Tyler's sister, Hannah, who begins high school as a freshman also notices Tyler's new physique and uses it to her advantage on the first day of school. Tyler had liked Bethany since grade school. She is his dream girl. But there are some big obstacles. Besides the obvious, that Bethany and Tyler are from two completely different worlds, there's also the fact that Bethany's Dad is Tyler's Dad's boss and that Bethany's twin brother Chip is Tyler's worst enemy. Somehow Tyler is able to overcome these obstacles and the school year begins as the best of his high school career.Read more ›
Pros: The sympathetic characters (Hannah and Yoda) were appealing, but the bullies and Bethany, the school princess, were stereotypes. Other messages were basically what we've seen in teen movie after teen movie. Abusing your kid is bad because he will eventually snap. (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Messing up in Little League scars child and dad for life. (Parenthood). Rich people are soulless, decadent zombies. (Virtually every movie ever made.) I wish the author had tried to turn the formula a little more inside out, the way the "Ordinary People" author did when she made the Bad Dad a Mom. I enjoyed the book until the end, but felt it painted an inaccurate portrait of what recovering from clinical depress is like. It's usually two steps forward and four steps back at a time for the average person.Read more ›
Tyler Miller had been caught defacing school property, and now he is a hero to some, and an outcast to others, and is trying to find his way in the world. He has done community service all summer at the school, and worked for a landscaping company.
Now he must return to school and face the students and teachers who know what he did and the punishment he received for it. The school year begins badly; at a party he is knocked into a tray of glasses and cuts the feet of the Alpha female of the school, who happens to be the women of his dreams, Bethany Milbury.
Tyler is forced to take Bethany a cake as an apology for the accident. They become friends, and seem to be sort of dating. Then Bethany gets trashed at a party, and Tyler does the right thing. Yet Tyler broke his curfew from the court and that is just the beginning of some serious problems in his life. Unfortunately someone takes advantage of Bethany while she is drunk and most people think it is Tyler because of his reputation.
Most people think he did it. The cops keep coming by. He is attacked in school and out of school. He struggles with what to do, how to be a man. Can he learn how to be a man; can he take control of his life that seems completely out of control?
This book does an amazing job of capturing the angst of growing up, of finding your place in the world.Read more ›
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I have to confess, I was surprised to see Anderson doing a book from a male POV. I can't think of any of her other books I've read (many) which have done this, so it was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dione Basseri
Since I did not begin this book with any particular expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelsey McAtee
Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite authors. Besides Twisted, I've read Winter Girls, Speak, Catalyst, Fever, and The Impossible Knife of Memory, and I recommend all of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
Well Worth the read. I just finished reading it for the second time and i loved every minute of itPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book was good I would recommend to young people this is a life lesson... You think you know how people feel after they are made fun of.Guess againPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Another great book from this author. Loved it. I would recommend all parents to give this book to their teenage kids. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anastasiya
Awesomely real...teens will be able to relate love the way this author keeps you guessing at what should happen...great messagePublished 9 months ago by Chiree