Twisted

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Penguin Young Readers Group | March 20, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Twisted is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
From New York Times bestselling author 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.

"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

A New York Times Bestseller
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults



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Published: March 20, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101200669

ISBN - 13: 9781101200667

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Twisted World In this book, Gaia Moore continues on with her butt-kicking, carefree attitude. With the questions about the kidnappers of Sam still fresh in her mind, she has to deal with another problem - a serial killer. She has to deal with the deaths of students at her school and trying to figure out how she can catch the murderer - while dealing with her own emotions, minus fear. But they can still be a handful for Gaia. She is still not over Sam, and she has to deal with the fact that her new boyfriend turned out to be the murderer. This book is filled with everything a teen might need to read about - normal teen problems with a mix of butt-kicking and undercover issues. A great read for any teenager, and a few of the adults might want to take a look at it, too. Francine Pascal writes with great description, and really gets your captured in the book. Anyone should read this book if they are looking for a good time.
Date published: 2001-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was shocking! I couldn't put it down! The end was so good. I couldn't stop reading it! The best one of the series!
Date published: 2000-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh My Gosh!!!! This is the most amazing series of books I have ever come across! The series deserves the best award a book can be given and should be read by ever child and teenager in the world. I will make sure that all my friends come to chapters and purchase the whole series.
Date published: 2000-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a little more than your average boyfriend when Gaia bumps into a new kid at school he atomatically asks her on a date. a little suspicion going on there i hope. well a series of killings have been gonig on in the park. Cassie Greenman (in her english class) in forms her that `the gentlemen' has heen in conneticut and new jersy and now NYC well it seems the gentlemen has a taste for blonds and as far as they come Gaias the blondest of all. The next day the seat in the front row far right in english class is emty. a day it gets filled with this guy named David. Gaia bumps into David just out side of the class door and he asks her on a date. Gaia hasnt gone out on one sigle date in her life but imagines this: Cool guy got it all together uh huh the loser uh un. so this is a uh huh. intstead of clicking, theres something else that clicks...
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really, really, really, REALLY good book This is a really thrilling and exciting book. I thought it was so good that as soon as I started reading I could not put the book down. There have been killings going on in the park and Gaia finally gets asked out on a date and she thinks that the guy's pretty cool, but watch out, some people aren't as cool as you might think they are. As you know Sam and Ed get curious about the guy and spy on Gaia. If you are looking for a very interesting series, I definetly recomend FEARLESS books.
Date published: 2000-08-13

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Twisted

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 20, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101200669

ISBN - 13: 9781101200667

From the Publisher

From New York Times bestselling author 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.

"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

A New York Times Bestseller
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults



From the Trade Paperback edition.