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3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,221 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Clara Wilson has a lot on her mind. Her best friend, Gerri, has started moving in circles that will never in a million years include Clara and her crooked nose. Clara's parents are fighting again, and her mom keeps talking about teaching in France. At least Clara still has Hambone, her loyal dog. And her crush on Amos McKenzie, of course.

Amos McKenzie doesn't much like hom
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Ember (first published 1999)
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Hallie Pellegrin
Mar 25, 2015 Hallie Pellegrin rated it really liked it
I picked this book off of Ms. Falkner's shelf one day because I forgot my free reading book and it turned out to be very good. The story follows two characters named Clary and Amos who share very similar problems. 1) Both of their parents are hiding something and 2) they have become targets of the two meanest kids in town- the Tripp brothers. This story follows Amos and Clary as they work together to evade the Tripps and support each other as their parents' secrets are revealed. I would recommen ...more
Emill Coto
Apr 09, 2014 Emill Coto rated it liked it
The book started out with some fairly interesting plot points with the one of the main characters (Often switches POV throughout the book)having an emotional and relationship issue. Clara, the main female role, is not content with her looks and dreams. One should note that the time period of the book is aprox. 1950s so they have some pretty different ideals and values. Most of the conflicts that occur throughout the book are very "cliche" in some aspects too. Things like Amos Mackenzie (the othe ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 7th grade and up
Shelves: real, boy, teen
Some kids might like the two points-of-view--one a guy's, one a girl's--but some might have preferred just one POV in a shorter book. Does help to have rare guy's POV of romance.
Jul 19, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Um, I read this book twice because I didn't remember reading it the first time. I read it the entire way through without realizing I'd read it before.
Jan 15, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
It continues to amaze me that books by these incredibly talented authors are so hard to find in bookstores and libraries. Crooked, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, captures with startling verisimilitude the voices of the young people who populate this story set in a small town in upstate New York.

Clara and Amos, the fourteen-year-old protagonists, are sweet and shy, full of hormones and angst, and achingly believable. Similarly, the cruel girls in their class are as convincingly frigh
Jackie "the Librarian"
Nov 06, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like drama and thrillers
Shelves: youngadult
Very good teen fiction, with an interesting mix of family drama and scary thug thriller. Great characters, with all the details of school friendships and family dynamics done right. I loved how smart and tough Clara was. She didn't try to be friends with Gerri anymore after the mocking phone call, she stood up for herself when she was alone with Eddie, the tough guy, and later at the big climax, even when she was paralyzed with fear, she kept thinking instead of giving up. I wish Amos, her count ...more
Sarah Walker
May 19, 2008 Sarah Walker rated it it was amazing
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Angelica (The Bookish Angel)

He didn’t look like a jerk. But, as her mother liked to say, jerks don’t always wear an identification label.

I found this book on Booksale last week at a cheap price so I bought it. Not only that it is affordable but it has a very mysterious dust jacket and the hardbound part (what do you call it?) is very beautiful too. The dust jacket reminded me of the movie 88 (which is one of the greatest movies out there so check it out) I know
Jacqueline Vicente
The book was interesting in a way. I did find Clara to be super annoying though & it made it seem as if Amos' father had like some deep dark secret but really he just had cancer. I'm not really sure when I just stopped kind of enjoying and just wanted to finish it. It was a decent read. Nothing really excited happened or popped out for me.
May 07, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It has suspense, romance, sadness, and everything a book can have. What ever the character is feeling you can feel the same feeling, as if you are standing right next to them. Crooked is about a girl named Clara Wilson who has a crooked nose and she faces a lot throughout the year. My favorite part of the book is how the author formatted the book, in two people's point of view. For example one chapter can be on Clara's point of view, the next Amos'. I would recommend th ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Sophie rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about a complicated crush and even more complicated events to follow. this book held my attention from beggining to end and ultimatley (?) satisfied my hunger for a good book that was mystery/teenage drama/ who knows?.

i highly reccomend it.
Hannah Notess
Sep 09, 2014 Hannah Notess rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I really like the YA novels of both Laura & Tom McNeal. This is a series of 3 YA romance-ish books that don't dive into the obsessive love obsessiveness of some really popular YA novels (see Eleanor & Park which is good but...) but feel more three dimensional - there are other aspects to the plot besides just the romance and the characters feel like they're trying to figure out life and grow up. I think "Crooked" was my fave of the 3 but they felt like a unit so I'm just doing 1 review f ...more
May 30, 2007 Rachel rated it really liked it
I found this at a discount book store and picked it up because of the cover. I was surprised to find that I really liked this book. But, I read it so long ago that I can't remember what I like about it.
Megan Duke
Oct 01, 2014 Megan Duke rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent read for young adults! But you don't have to be a young adult to enjoy it. Books like this are what I considered to be classics on how to grow up.
Jul 08, 2007 Angela rated it really liked it
I liked it, but not as much as Crushed. The McNeals seem to have a formula: sweet-but-not-hip-main character, misunderstood boy, thugs, betrayal, missing parents.
Jul 11, 2008 Erika rated it liked it
This book was good from what I remember, but it wasn't as powerful as I had hoped for... =(
Jun 08, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Some of the things i noticed was that the author was very descriptive with everything that occured. I also liked how it switched between the two point of views of Clara and Amos.

Crooked is about a girl named Clara Wilson and the many problems she faces. Some of her problems were her crooked nose, her crush on Amos and her problem with the Tripp brothers who were begining to take a liking to her.

I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes a bit of suspense, romance
Katherine Campbell
Jul 02, 2014 Katherine Campbell rated it liked it
Young Adult Fiction and a bit over the top at the end, but I really enjoyed the portrayal of the main character attempting to sort out her feelings of betrayal, crushes, and loyalties. However, the thing that really irked me was that when she is put into a compromising position by another character, she declared she hates the person (rightfully so) and then proceeds to forgive them and take on the attitude of "oh, they were just kidding it will never happen again". I've yet to decide if I find i ...more
Rebecca Dumont
Apr 25, 2015 Rebecca Dumont rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I have not read many, what I call, "Teen" novels. By "Teen" I mean fiction books about life as an average teenager when something out of the norm happens, and I am not talking about meeting vampires and falling in love with the supernatural world. Just regular people that competely possible, although sometimes bad, things happen to them. This is one of those books, and I was impressed by it. I really could not put the book down. I mean I was reading it while waiting for the Super Bowl Commercial ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
By Laura and Tom McNeal
346 pp. New York
Dell Laurel-Leaf $5.50
ISBN 0-440-22946-4

Clara Wilson, a girl with a crooked nose which everyone makes fun of, parents divorced, and some boy trouble. Her best friend Gerri ditches her and now she has no friends. Clara Wilson likes a boy named Amos Mackenzie but does not know what to do, now that he’s famous. She faces danger by the Tripp brothers because of Amos. Eddie Tripp is the same age as Clara and Amos and he likes Clara. This is just the main
Ray Ziemer
May 07, 2012 Ray Ziemer rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this young adult book quite a bit. An interesting cast of teen-age characters, sympathetic and otherwise, populates the small-town setting. There's the outcast Clara Wilson, she of the crooked nose and a damaged home life; Amos MacKenzie the milkman's son, whose life takes a sorrowful twist; and the Tripp brothers, as crooked and slimy as they come. They are all bright people, even the worst of them, and their interactions keep the plot lively and hopping. I liked the way the 3rd perso ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Eraser rated it it was ok
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Susan Laddon
Feb 28, 2016 Susan Laddon rated it liked it
I read this in its entirety in one sitting/ a matter of hours. I was sucked in by the storyline, I enjoyed the main character, Clara. I want to say that the authors portrayed the teenagers in a slightly unrealistic way, they were all too nice, even the juvenile delinquents. It's a minor hiccup, but I kept thinking: " These aren't like any teenagers I've ever met in recent memory", yet I enjoyed the novel overall. I mean, I read it in one afternoon/ evening, so...
Kathryn Eller
Feb 02, 2016 Kathryn Eller rated it it was amazing
Seeing the names Laura and Tom McNeal on the cover of a book is the best way to guarantee that I'm going to enjoy the book. I love pretty much everything about their writing: the way they craft their setting and characters, the way certain character pop up in other books (which gives the "universe" a sense of continuity), and the fact that they create their own slang when necessary, thereby avoiding the risk of making their books look dated in ten years' time.
O. Hart
Dec 24, 2014 O. Hart rated it it was amazing
This book was an awesome read! It had all the story elements I personally enjoy, such as the classic nerd-girl/popular-boy crush, the creepy stalker who you end up liking more and more, and the defeat of the queen bee. The story itself was well written and wrestles with idea of not fitting in with the social norms. and how being beautiful is not necessarily being the generic blond with blue eyes. Crooked was a great book that I recommend to grades 7-10.
Mar 13, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Took me long enough to reread this...
I read this probably... five years ago? It was a while ago.
When I first added this, I rated this 5 stars, but upon rereading, I am demoting it to 4 stars.
Here were my thoughts upon rereading:
- Clara is supposedly in 9th grade, but she seems MUCH younger, like 6th or 7th grade. I didn't notice this the first time I read this, because I was probably in 5th or 6th grade. Both Clara and Amos are overly "innocent".
- Crook was way too creepy to be likable, and h
Jul 29, 2011 Laurie added it
Reading this one as a possible choice for a friend's teen reading festival, but it fell short. Good insight into teen angst, at least as far as a 57 year old who has raised two can tell. Gets a little over-complicated, but the authors can see the good in all their characters, or at least the reasons for their behavior. This is more than most teens can! The two main characters are attractive and have life issues that increase their attraction to one another (and their constant tendency towards si ...more
Bridget :)
May 12, 2014 Bridget :) rated it really liked it
The best part of this book was the writing style. It didn't take too much time to talk about what the character's felt, which was fine by me. The characters were interesting, and I like how they were just ordinary people. However, the plot was anything but ordinary. It was different, but you could still tell what was going to happen.
Dec 19, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I read this in fifth grade and I have looked for it since then! For the life of me I couldn't find it and the only thing I knew was that it was a milkmans son that fell in love with a girl and there was a milk bottle on the front and the bully part. I love this book!
Jun 06, 2016 Kasen rated it liked it
I enjoyed certain aspects of this book, but felt that the plot was lost at times. The story stars off strong, the middle gets muddied and then the end of the book ties in with the beginning. If the book was a bit shorter and had a more focused book I think the final product would be more enjoyable.
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When she is not writing, Laura McNeal tries to decide if it's better to turn people's socks right side out for them or to wait (no matter how long it takes) for them to see the need themselves. She considers this question in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, the writer Tom McNeal, and two teenage boys who wear a lot of socks.
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