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Twist and Shout

4.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,300 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
Destiel Fanfic
What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era wh
ebook, 293 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Self Published on AO3
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Maria Panayotova It starts as a normal fan fiction but it is the second half that makes you cry (especially the last 2 chapters and the epilogue). It's beautifully…moreIt starts as a normal fan fiction but it is the second half that makes you cry (especially the last 2 chapters and the epilogue). It's beautifully written and although it starts like the usual Destiel slash fiction, towards the end it feels like a book and not like a fan fic at all.
The story is AU (alternative universe) meaning that it has very little (almost nothing ) in common with the show. You don't have to have seen the show or to ship Destiel. You can replace the names of the characters with other random names and it won't change anything.
So, yeah. You should check it out. And remember that to more you near the end the better it gets. I promise.
Good luck.

Chelsee It's on ArchiveOfOurOwn, aka Ao3. (If you just google "twist and shout" and ao3, it'll be the first link.) Good luck, though.

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Feb 07, 2013 Kiki rated it really liked it
Shelves: waterworks
Let me tell you little story about this. Just sit down, take a load off. Kira will tell you all about this one.

When I was about sixteen, before we were kicked out of our last house (long story, and a very interesting one, but let's not get bogged down. I have places to be, dreams to shatter. You know the drill) I was in the middle of writing my first real novel. It was part of a planned four-book series, and it involved Judeo-Christian mythology as the background to a teen romance.

Yes. It was sh
Mar 05, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
When I found this fanfic:
First I was like:
Then I was like:
But then I was like:
And now I am:
Jan 05, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
This isn't a fanfiction. This is a masterpiece.
I cried and I laughed and I cried again while I was sobbing like a stupid but it wasn't my fault. This thing is just... Amazing. I don't have words to describe it. Just, read it if you already haven't. Even if you don't ship destiel or if you don't know anything about Dean, Cas, Supernatural 'cause the characters are original. But be prepared (???)
Ok I'm done now, sorry.

See you, then.
May 04, 2013 Maddie rated it it was ok
Okay, listen. Do you want to cry a lot? Read this. It will do that.

But I have a few words. (This review should be generally spoiler free. Nothing specific will be mentioned, though overall series of events will be referred to.)

Twist and Shout is an spn fanfic, a tearjerker known by most in the fandom because of its ability to make you cry. I have a big problem with how this story made me hate Dean, however. It was angst piled on angst, shitty things happening one after the other to Cas. It's ang
This story will break your heart, I was sobbing..
Medical student Castiel meets bad-boy Dean at a college party in 1965. It is love at first sight but prejudice and the Vietnam draft threaten their partnership. The usual fanfic typos but otherwise well-written, the sex scenes are understated.
'Dean kissed him, and Cas knew it was the way people kissed before they died, or left forever, and he wanted to hold onto his hand and make him stay in the car, but he
Jun 25, 2013 Denna rated it it was amazing
After hearing all of the hype from my kin on Tumblr about how this basically changed their life and how they bawled their eyes out and became more emotionally stable then they already are, I decided it was time I checked what the fuss was about. Now you see, I myself am a huge Destiel shipper so I went in with high expectations looking for a good read. And a good read it was. A brilliant read it was. It was funny, cute, adorable and heartwarming. And then I got to the turning point. If there is ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Kayla rated it it was amazing
We need more writers like this. Writers that make you feel.

There were so many times, while reading this, that I truly believed these two people existed. It was like the writer just wrote down history. These events had to of happened because if not - how do they feel so absolutely real?
Jess the Romanceaholic
First and foremost is the major factor that this this IS a fanfiction (Supernatural, in case you couldn't tell from the description), and so there are little nods/references to the show that seem out of place to those who aren't fans. For those who are fans, there may be a bit of disappointment that the characters are out of character. For me, honestly, I didn't mind them being out of character, but it was jolting at times to have the show references, because despite the character names, I had h ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Fanfiction pieces aren't for everyone. People who view the same characters interpret them differently, give them different intonations in works of their own imagination that other fans wouldn't associate with how they view their favourite series. As the saying goes, you can't please all of the people all of the time. But for Twist and Shout, this actually works in its favour. This is not the Castiel and Dean of the show Supernatural, though they may share their physical features and a few charac ...more
Riplo ft. Diplo
Oct 03, 2013 Riplo ft. Diplo rated it it was amazing



Now that's out of the way - perfect characterisation, remains as true to the TV show as an AU can. Settings were well developed, the mid 1900's scene awed me from the very first page. It was incredibly well written and I praise the author highly for that. Four for you Glen Coco, you go G
Jun 09, 2015 Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
. . . I don't wanna talk about this.
May 29, 2014 miles rated it it was amazing
yes, this is a Supernatural fanfiction. BUT IT WAS LIKE 300 PAGES, IT COUNTS AS A BOOK, OKAY.
Holly Henstock
Apr 18, 2013 Holly Henstock rated it it was amazing
May 24, 2013 Adriana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top, original, marcaram
If you're searching for an easy way to kill yourself, don't read this fanfiction. It will rip your heart with on of the most wonderful stories ever writen.

O problema não é arquivar, o problema é que não conseguia parar, tal como um livro que te prende e não consegues deixar de pensar nele. Quer na alegria, no amor, quer na tristeza, na angústia, o pior de tudo era parar, mesmo quando um capítulo chegava ao fim, eu não conseguia parar até a história chegar ao fim. Era como uma série de cliffhange
Grace Karenna
May 09, 2015 Grace Karenna rated it it was amazing
I read this fic at least once a month now; it's become a huge part of my life. Forever and always my favorite Destiel fic.
Alex Alonso
Mar 06, 2014 Alex Alonso rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Alex by: Tumblr
**SPOILERS EVERYWHERE. READ AT YOURE OWN COST**LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THIS FANFIC it is so well written I swore that it was a book. It will make you sob and regret reading yet you want to read it all over again to get that feeling again. The entire time you thought oh God Dean he's gonna die in that war but no he comes back. He comes back a ghost and drags Cas along with him and you whisper this can't be it there's still a couple chapters. Dean leaves and you scream HOW COULD YOU POOR C ...more
Kit Goode
Jun 08, 2014 Kit Goode rated it did not like it
Read this book if you want. It's free, and you'll find out pretty quickly if it's for you or not. You'll probably enjoy it if it's one of those days where you find yourself crying at a fairy light that doesn't blip in time with all the other fairy lights because that means it isn't dancing in time with it's friends. I wasn't in that kind of place when I read Twist and Shout so I found myself having to take breaks from the eye strain of all the rolling they were doing.

I can't be too harsh on Twis
Jan 13, 2015 Yadiana rated it did not like it
Recommended to Yadiana by: Every Dean and Castiel fan it seems.
I really don't understand why this story is as popular as it is. The plot itself is as cliche as it comes. But even that can be forgiven with strong writer and characters. Characters that for anyone who watched the show would be familiar and easy. But you will not find then in this story.

Anyone who tells you this is a Dean Winchester and Castiel from Supernatural story is lying to your face. There is a Dean and Castiel here, but they certainly are not the two characters from the show. I imagine
I didn't even know you could rate fan fictions here on goodreads!
Okay so moving on ... let me tell you a thing. After I discovered tumblr, (and after it changed my life to the point that I couldn't imagine what I did with my life before tumblr) destiel became my otp. I was (*am) in love with the idea of them being in love. I read some fan fictions and saw some cute fan art and everything was good until I started hearing about this thing called Twist and Shout which had apparently claimed many fa
Jul 04, 2013 Ian marked it as dropped
*The beginning isn't endearing me. I'm reading a lot of "feelings" and flat emotional responses. This is going into a poorly written insta-love, and I'm not feeling any real chemistry between these characters. I'm not liking any character, and am impressed by none either.
Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
Feb 24, 2017 Anni (Tea in the Treetops) rated it really liked it
Oh, my heart...

Yes, this is Supernatural, Destiel fan fiction, set around the time of the Vietnam war. No, I am not a shipper for Dean and Cas in the actual show, but I find the beautiful things that fans make and write irresistible!

And this, this story... the second half is so beautifully written, my chest hurts just thinking about it.

In the first half, there are rather a lot of explicit sex scenes between Dean and Castiel, which kind of isn't really my thing, but it gradually grows into such
Zoha Naser
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Serena Tardioli
May 15, 2014 Serena Tardioli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-of-marvels
There are no words in any language to describe the excellence of this fanfiction: I was really impressed by it. It’s written fabulously, and the writers did a superlative job in making Dean and Cas so realistic and true to the characters created by the show (which doesn’t always happen in AUs) and in making the reader feel so strongly about their love for each other. I never cried so hard reading fics and it’s a whole-hearted compliment when I say that this story destroyed me physically and ment ...more
Madi Lacoursiere
Jan 01, 2016 Madi Lacoursiere rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I finished this book at 1:30am and I have never cried that much. Ever. That was beautiful.

Reread not even a month later... My heart physically hurts.
Apr 26, 2016 Alessia rated it really liked it
Quando alcune fanfiction sono meglio di certi libri. Questa è un capolavoro, Destiel shippers o no, leggetela e non ve ne pentirete. Ma vi avviso, piangerete troppo
Jan 19, 2016 Khushi rated it it was amazing
Taylor Caibaiosai
Mar 06, 2017 Taylor Caibaiosai rated it really liked it
Here's the thing. I read a lot of fanfiction and I heard about this from a friend and though I haven't watched Supernatural in like 3+ years, I thought I would embark on the journey that wrecked everyone else and boy, did it ever fuck me up. Basically I started reading this morning on the bus and read throughout school and finished when I got home and I was telling my friend all my predictions and it was the kind of thing you saw coming, but didn't want to believe it. Either way, this was really ...more
May 07, 2015 Cherie rated it really liked it
Where do I even begin? Destiel is my OTP so, naturally, I am scouring the depths of the interwebs looking for all things related. I was, at first, avoiding fanfic, as, in my narrow minded view, I only wanted canon support. I acquiesced (upon urging from a friend/fellow shipper and just the need to have MORE) and we read Twist and Shout together.
I fell in love with this book. Yes, I am calling it a book, because that is what it deserves to be. Would it win a National Book Award or a Pulitzer? Pr
Jul 10, 2015 Brenna rated it liked it
Shelves: love
Omg I honestly have no clue why I even read this. It's fanfiction right and I don't care about that (some of the best writing I've ever read has been fanfiction and I need to stop myself before I start writing an essay about it because I could seriously go on for days about how wonderful ff is) but like....Destiel. I literally have never been all that into Destiel wtf made me pick this up?? Probably because I'm a masochist and I enjoy reading things that I know will hurt me. I was reading this o ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing
February 12 2015 is now the official day that I can honestly say that i've cried the most in my entire life. This is titled, and regarded as a 'fan fiction' but my god, is it so much more than that. The absolute effort these authors put into writing this amazing piece of work is outstanding. I was laughing, I was angry, frustrated, and when it came to the end, I was ultimately, in every respect...heartbroken.

My chest and my head was hurting for over an hour after finishing...

Now I can't stop th
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