Monday, August 23, 2010

Twisted By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Twisted
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Amount of Pages: 250
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: March 20, 2007
Geared Towards: Older Teens
From: Library

"A lot of kids would tell you that being taken away in a squad car was the coolest thing I'd ever done."

Summary (From B.O.B):

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 working outdoors 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. Soon his life is a roller coaster, with fantastic highs, devistating lows, and no seat belt to protect him. He has no choice. He'll just have to ride it out...

Wdebo's Review: Ever since I read Speak, I have always been a Laurie Halse Anderson fan. I love how she can weave all of these stories and just keep pulling you through them with the fine touch of a great storyteller. Twisted, though not my favorite of all of Laurie Halse Anderson's books, but it was still pretty good.

The story, like all of her books, is a very good idea. The writing was good and it was pretty addictive. However, I was not the biggest fan of the whole, hormonal-teenage-boy writing. (It's always awkward to other books too), but she did create a good character and I do like how he matures and fights for himself and the whole dork to super bully stopper idea...nice! :)

Apart from being hormonal/perverted at times Tyler is actually a very good character. He embodies the confusion of being a teenager and trying to feel comfortable in your own skin and newfound "popularity." I was very happy with his relationship with his sister, they had a great brother-sister relationship, which is very nice to read about.

Cafe Cover Chat: The cover is cool, it shows the twisted side, of, well, Twisted (B+)

All in all, a good book that most Laurie Halse Anderson fans will enjoy and it posses great writing and it becomes very hard to put down.

Grade: B+

Wdebo :)

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