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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,109 ratings  ·  83 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 July 1st 1903)
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Hallie Pellegrin
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
Nov 20, 2014 Lesley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 7th grade and up
Shelves: teen, boy, real
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.
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
Emill Coto
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
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.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Nov 06, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
This book was good from what I remember, but it wasn't as powerful as I had hoped for... =(
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
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
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
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
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
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O. Hart
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.
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
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.
Bridget :)
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.
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!
Bjorn Arnesen
This was a summer reading book I had in high school. Once again the mindset is different and it has changed because it is not being read for pleasure. The teen life is always changing, and this novel was specially selected because of the age I was. Reading novels that relate to your age, and or problems can help with the flow of ideas. This novel didn't relate to my life but being of the same age as the characters, one thinks how they would react in a similar situation. This book helped me becom ...more
My favorite book when I was in middle school, and still one of my faves even now! I don't know what it is about this book that captured my attention and made me read more than a handful of times. Usually, I dislike it when authors switch point of views in books, but the McNeals did such a great job that it made me grasp and relate both main characters, Clara and Amos. The Tripp brothers were absolutely my favorite part of the story, and I actually would've enjoyed a sequel or two focusing on the ...more
All Clara wants to do is have her crooked nose fixed, raise enough money to attend horse camp, and play with her dog Ham. Instead, Clara's life is falling apart. Her best friend, Gerri, has ditched her for the most popular girl in school. Something is wrong with her parents' relationship. She has started talking to her crush and it is not going well. On top of all that, Eddie, the town hoodlum, has taken a liking to her and is following her around.

The story is told from different points of view
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Laura McNeal is married to the author Tom McNeal, with whom she has written four young adult novels and one picture book. Her solo debut, Dark Water, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature in 2010.
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