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Twisted

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak | May 20, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Twisted is rated 4.2222 out of 5 by 9.
Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! 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.
 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.24 × 5.53 × 0.74 in

Published: May 20, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142411841

ISBN - 13: 9780142411841

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Felt Like There Was No Concept At All... 1.5/5 stars I've been wanting to buy Laurie Halse Anderson's new novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, but now, I'm second-guessing my decision. Twisted was a real disaster compared to Speak and Wintergirls, the first two books by Laurie that I've ever read. I found that there was no concept going on here. It was just a plain contemporary where Tyler's life was going on. He wanted Bethany to like him, that's basically it.  I didn't finish this book. I read about three-quarters of it, then put it down because I realized that I was wasting my time. I really didn't like it! In the beginning, it wasn't bad. It kind of was getting somewhere, but then by the near middle, it didn't get anywhere, except to my angry mind. Tyler was a good character. He was likeable and had some sort of sense of direction in him. He knew what he was doing even at the roughest times. I didn't find him and Bethany to be a good match, someone like Melinda from "Speak" would be his perfect match, in my eyes.  I am so so so disappointed in this book. I figured that it would also be amazing just like the author's other books, hopefully it's only this one and the rest are spectacular just like the were in the beginning.     
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book for adolescents and young adults (The Chapters-Indigo website has been deleting my ratings so: I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars/leaves.) In general, this was a good book for the adolescent and young adult demographic. The characters were well crafted and their interactions believable. The story focused on a young adolescent, his personal struggles as he established his own identity and principles, and his relationship with his family. It dealt quite well with the consequences of certain negative family dynamics. The author had a good grip on the adolescent male viewpoint. So overall, a decently written book featuring an honest portrayal of an individual's struggle for self-identity, one which I would not hesitate to recommend to adolescents in particular. Similar recommended titles (given here because of the weird problems I've been having with the Chapters/Indigo website and which they STILL haven't fixed): -Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles -The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart -The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really provoking Yet another impressive book from Laurie Halse Anderson. I can honestly say that I was impressed at how well she captured the male teen voice. I find that Anderson ends her stories at just the right time. Oh yes, you do want to know more about what's going on with the characters and I'm sure she's heard clamouring for sequels, but the story ends in a really satisfying way. Right when the story should end. And I truly feel respected as a reader to have an author do that to me. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book was really good i couldnt put it down!!!!!!!!!!!! amazing Story great characters in totall an awsome book in all
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love. I had to read this for a class and enjoyed it so much I went out and bought my own copy of it. Great coming-of-age story about a boy whose life spirals out of control after getting busted for doing graffiti on his school. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! This book was amazing! The way Laurie Halse Anderson wrote this book, I felt like I was apart of Tyler's life, she made it really hard for me to look away :). With clever one-liners and interesting conflicts, Twisted is a book I would recommend to every teen!
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning insight and story Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of 5 novels and 3 picture books. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards and many recommendations. Each of her books that I have read has been excellent and this one is no exception. The dust jacket states "Everybody told me to be a man ... Nobody told me how." Anderson captures the essence of the journey from a boy to a man. 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. It shows clearly the transition from boy to man, and then end of high school and moving on to the rest of life. Anderson, as a woman, surprised me with he ability to write about becoming a man; her insight and clarity are awesome. This book should become a classic. Much like her earlier novel Speak I believe this book should be on the reading list for every high school or university Children's Literature course. The book leaves you wanting more. The reader will want to know what happens next. Where is Tyler in a year, 3, 5 or 10? These questions will haunt you after you finish the book. (First Published in Imprint 2007-09-28 as 'Short Titles With Varied Depths.')
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated out of 5 by from Stunning insight and story telling Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of 5 novels and 3 picture books. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards and many recommendations. Each of her books that I have read has been excellent and this one is no exception. The dust jacket states "Everybody told me to be a man ... Nobody told me how." Anderson captures the essence of the journey from a boy to a man. 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. It shows clearly the transition from boy to man, and then end of high school and moving on to the rest of life. Anderson, as a woman, surprised me with he ability to write about becoming a man; her insight and clarity are awesome. This book should become a classic. Much like her earlier novel Speak I believe this book should be on the reading list for every high school or university Children's Literature course. The book leaves you wanting more. The reader will want to know what happens next. Where is Tyler in a year, 3, 5 or 10? These questions will haunt you after you finish the book. (First Published in Imprint 2007-09-28 as 'Short Titles With Varied Depths.')
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Won't Be Able To Put It Down! I teach teenagers. When I read this, I couldn't put it down. I gave it to a boy in my class and he loved it! He gave it to another boy in the class, who would "sneak read" it during all of his classes, because he couldn't put it down. I then convinced one of my most reluctant male readers to give it a try. At the probing of the other boys, who said he would be addicted, he tried it, and soon asked if he could take it home over March Break! This book is a great read for both male and female teens and adults who enjoy teen fiction. It has superb character development and deals with extremely mature and sensitive matters in a manner that will have readers laughing out loud. Somehow Halse Anderson has captured the inner thoughts of a teenage boy through the narrator Tyler, a Grade 12 student who faces high expectations from parents, a younger sister who tries to get him to "dress cool", a struggling and dysfunctional relationship with his father and the pressures of being a teen in a typical high school. Despite all of this, Tyler learns that one mistake in judgment does not determine a person's character. This book sends a strong message about doing the right thing in the face of adversity and finding hope in dark situations; yet it does so in a manner that will have you in stitches! I can't wait for Anderson's next novel with a male narrator! There is no other teen fiction like this one. It is a unique find and will appeal to the most reluctant male readers, because of it's honesty into the teenage male brain; but female teens will like it too.
Date published: 2008-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is a wonderful book. Laurie Halse Anderson is starting to become one of my favourite authors. This book is about a boy - he was nerdy but at the end of junior year he decides to do a big stunt to get some attention - spray paint the school - and gets caught. He gets community service and probation and a summer of hard work builds lots of muscles and interest from Bethany. The girl of his dreams. But then stuff gets out of control. It is one of those books with such a real teen voice and it is rare that it is a male voice. I really really liked this book.
Date published: 2008-02-15

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Twisted

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.24 × 5.53 × 0.74 in

Published: May 20, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142411841

ISBN - 13: 9780142411841

From the Publisher

Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! 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.
 

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

Editorial Reviews

"...a chillingly accurate portrayal of the high-school social scene, in which morals, perceptions and conceptions of truth are continually...challenged." --Publishers Weekly

"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
 

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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