Friday, May 25, 2007

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Twisted is about Tyler, a high school senior, who was busted for a prank and now getting noticed by all sorts of people including Bethany, his old crush. Tyler still has plenty of problems with his father, the principal and always being a suspect. I enjoyed this quite a lot, though it is quite a bit like Speak, but with a male character. I also thought the tone changed abruptly about 3/4 of the way through, but I thought following Tyler through his changes in popularity at his school was incredibly interesting. This is a YAY for me.

9 Comments:

At May 25, 2007 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Absolute YAY for me as well. I felt that Laurie H-A did a fantastic job with this character's voice and intensity.

 
At May 28, 2007 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Iris said...

YAY! This was fantastic in terms of being exciting, readable, and emotionally satisfying. The main character will appeal to girls, and hopefully boys as well.

Edith

 
At May 31, 2007 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

I totally loved loved this book. Loved everything about it. Loved the main character, even though he ate a lot!, and loved character development. I will admit I was highly disappointed in the ending, I wanted more closure with him and Bethany. Anyway, a big fat YAY!

Anne Keller

 
At July 2, 2007 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Kara Fredericks said...

I thought this was A YAY as well! I really thought that this book was relevant to something that a teen could experience and I could sense Tyler's frustration and anger at his parents and the situations that he either found or got himself in.

Kara

 
At August 1, 2007 at 8:54 AM , Blogger kathy said...

YAY
This reminded me of Jude by Kate Morgenroth, but not quite as hard hitting.

 
At August 6, 2007 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Deb Motley said...

I'll give it a YAY as well. Definite teen appeal and good characters. Didn't stay with me too long (I was reading 2 other books about bullying at the same time) but I liked the main character's voice.

 
At August 7, 2007 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Patty said...

This book brought me to tears (and it wasn't even one of Karrie's poems!) I give it a YAY as well. I loved how Tyler took control of his own life and emotions in the end. That Bethany is a B**** and she's not good enough for him anyway! I really loved Yoda and Hannah, too.

 
At September 20, 2007 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Karrie said...

Yet another YAY here, although I do agree about the shift in tone. The sickening snowball effect of someone's (mostly) innocent actions certainly rang true, if some of the details didn't for me. Additional note: I listened to it on CD, and the narrator wasn't the greatest.

 
At September 26, 2007 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Ms. Zandra said...

I absolutely loved this book. I even cried at the end. I loved how Tyler decided to take control of his life and how, in the end, he and his father made a connection. And, yes Patty, Bethany was a B*****! This book is a big YAY for me.

 

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