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Twisted Paperback – May 15, 2008
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High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy, and Tyler's secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world.
"Poignant and gripping." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Once again, Anderson's taut, confident writing will cause this story to linger long after the books is set down." —SLJ
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"Anderson...stretches her wings by offering...a male protagonist... one of the most poignant and gripping scenes in young-adult literature."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 15, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142411841
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142411841
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Lexile measure : HL680L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.56 x 0.78 x 8.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
I gave this book four stars, instead of five, because I felt some parts of the book were not developed well enough. Some of the relationships seemed to hesitate on the surface and I would have liked to feel a stronger emotional connection to the other people in the story. There were plenty of opportunities to develop the characters of the father, mother, sister, or love interest, but they fell short. Instead the story focused on Tyler completely, not reaching the potential that it could have.
Still, I would recommend this book, especially to teenage boys. It is important that they understand they don't have to be tough all the time. That boys, as well as girls, can experience sadness, hardship and finally, hope.
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.
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The story is simply boring and irrelevant.
A short and good read!