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High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for writing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work 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...more
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Published May 22nd 2007 by Listening Library (first published March 20th 2007)
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Oct 25, 2009 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2009, ya, ala-ya-2008
I don't know exactly what it was about this particular book that touched me so much. I've read other books written by Laurie Halse Anderson, they were all great, but "Twisted" just totally blew my mind.

This is a story about Tyler, a teenage boy who, trying to disengage himself from years of social invisibility, commits an act for which he is given 6-months probation and forced to a summer filled of character building labor. When the summer is over, Tyler is a new person - he is now a muscular hu...more
Aug 04, 2007 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LHA fans, teens looking for excellent realistic fiction
Shelves: teen-lit-read
Laurie Halse Anderson’s Twisted is one hell of a hand grenade launched into the canon of teen lit! Tyler’s senior year is about to start and things are looking like this: community service for the Foul Deed is about over, classes are going to be hell, and the hottest girl at George Washington High has Tyler on her radar…as does her a**hole brother, Chip. Ty has changed a bit as well - the summer of landscaping has given him a new physique, and a new confidence, but like Aunt May says to a transf...more
Aug 31, 2009 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: language, masturbation, edge for the sake of edge
Recommended to Annalisa by: library
Long rant about my library system: I wasn't intending to read this book. I put another YA book on hold and after two days of "in transit" status when another book came in, I figured it should have been pulled off the shelf by then. No.
I ask the librarian.
I explain, a little slower this time, that I put the book on hold. It's no longer on the shelf, but it's not in the hold department yet.
"Maybe it's in the shipment from today," she says with a big smile.
"No, you see it's in transit from...more
A former geek Tyler Miller got himself in trouble because of a prank ("The Foul Deed") he pulled at the end of his junior year. He was sick and tired of being a nobody (a zit on the butt of the student body) so he decided to to something that will put him on the map. But things don't go exactly as planned and he gets caught. Judge ordered him to do community service all summer (helping janitors in his school). Plus he had to pay for the damages he caused, so he sold his car and worked for a land...more
The more I think about _Twisted_, the more I think it is an effective--and unusual--contribution to any YA collection. Halse Anderson accomplishes two remarkable feats in this book. First, she gets the teenage male voice and preoccupations perfect; Tyler's hard-ons are just as much a part of his daily life as his social anxieties, crushes, and homework. And secondly, she manages to address the deep-level importance of family life, however dysfunctional, to adolescents.

The plot seems at first to...more
Emily May
May 31, 2011 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Most teenagers but especially lovers of Speak
Shelves: 2011

This is the second book I've read by Laurie Halse Anderson and I was impressed yet again. Her writing is very personal and gets right inside the protagonist's mind in a way that pulls the reader into the centre of her stories.

Twisted is about a teenage boy called Tyler who finds himself in the high school limelight after pulling a stunt that lands him with 6 months probation and hard labour - which then results in him gaining a super hot body and a bad (in a good way) reputation. Suddenly, his...more
i don't know why every book i've been picking up recently has to do with suicide - not directly, but indirectly. it's pretty impressive.

anyway, this is the first of Laurie Halse Anderson's books i've read with a male protagonist, and i have to say, i'm pretty impressed with how well she got into tyler's head.

(i also really liked yoda.)

this book is centrally about identity and pressure, and, in a little like Thirteen Reasons Why, the repercussions of actions that we don't even know. tyler sta...more
"Everbody told me to be a man - Nobody told me how"

Twisted is the story of a young man who's been a loser and a nobody until a poorly conceived prank at the end of his junior year lands him in legal trouble. That includes probation, a required job with a landscaping firm and a summer-time afterwork stint in the school's janatorial crew for restitution. However the hard work pays off in unanticipated ways. His new work-hardened physique and his newly minted bad boy reputation make him a personal...more
It is difficult to find a great protagonist who is a teen-aged male. Tyler Miller is an interesting and (from my observations) typical - ish high school senior. What's different about him is that as a nerd-boy junior, he tagged his high school, was caught, arrested and sentenced to community service. The summer prior to his senior year, Tyler works hard and ends up becoming a muscle-bound hottie. At least hot enough to attract the object of his desire, Bethany, who also happens to Tyler's father...more
This book didn't really do it for me. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking that if I was a teenager I would have had my jaw gaping open at some of the plot twists, but since I'm now a jaded adult I felt like the events that occurred were a bit more emotionally manipulative.

Main things that bugged me: the "fantasy" of a dorky guy who works all summer and comes back to school buff and suddenly semi-popular. The gun. The inattentive father and the "resolution" that occurs with their rel...more
Sep 20, 2011 Nicola rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Twisted was a brilliant book. The average sounding description on the back definitely did not prepare me for what was inside. It started out pretty slow but once I got into the swing of it, I simply couldn't put it down. Tyler's character is just so real and raw. His voice is believable, witty and intelligent. I could really connect with him and really cared about how things would turn out. The book had me in suspense many times and was a real page-turner. Twisted is an excellent portrayal of fa...more
Excellent guy book. The main character, Tyler, has to learn to balance his preferences along with meeting the expectations or his parents, peers, and impressing the girl of his dreams, and making amends for past wrongs. Tyler has to face a father whose pressures at work spill over at home making him a tyrant willing to use force and intimidation to gain compliance. Peers and authorities at school and the community have not forgiven Tyler for a mistake/youthful prank/crime from the past. Tyler fe...more
I already have a tendency to lurve Laurie Halse Anderson books—The drama! The angst! The PASSION!—but this one I lurved more than usual.

I have a sneaking suspicion it was because it featured a boy narrator who actually sounded like a boy narrator.

I also have a sneaking suspicion that had this book been written with a female narrator, the dad would not have just been emotionally abusive, but rather, to make it Resonate More Deeply With The Core Girl Audience, he probably would have smacked her ar...more
Anne Osterlund
Tyler is a high school boy. Not one of those fake, perfect jock high school boys or half-vampire, half-god characters. A real high school boy. Who can't control himself amidst the sea of sexy girls walking down the hall or convince his dad that there is no way in hell he should be taking all AP classes and calculus, or pull off dousing the school in graffiti without misspelling a word and getting caught. On probation. For life.

And still, he has to survive senior year. If he can.

AWESOME. Super fa...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Sep 16, 2013 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Glass
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And here I though that my high school sucked, boy. After reading any of YA book that deals with high school students I really can't help but wonder if is it like this in real life - cheerleaders and football players owning the school and stuff. It's sounds surreal to me, but different continents, different cultures will do that. Anyhow I wouldn't want to be part of Tyler's high school.

Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the authors who won't tell you a story ab...more
Brandon Will
This was feeling a little too quaint and inconsequential until about half-way through, when I chastised myself for doubting Laurie Halse Anderson, and held on as all the threads twined together into a jarring, insightful, and realistic tense drama about how easily life can get out of control. Pretty great book for boys. There were a few lines where I was a bit unsure of the voice being authentic early on, but I think you just have to look past that if you're feeling it too, in the end it's a gre...more
Ali Cross
This was an excellent book.

I had visions of Nineteen Minutes (Jodi Picoult) going through my head through most of it, fearing that at any moment the MC of the book was going to snap and do something awful.

Whew. That didn't happen.

In truth, I really had no idea what this book was about when I first picked it up. I'm working my way through a friends' recommended reading list (Elana!) and this just happened to be on her list. The back cover really didn't give anything away, except for the brief blu...more
Michelle Chan
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Laurie Halse Anderson's "Twisted" tells the tale of a boy who's wound one too many times in his life on several factors, up until the moment when his world comes crashing down and he's faced with a heartbreaking choice that I think will resonate with readers for a long time after they finish the book. Tyler is a high school senior who transforms from the class nerd into a guy who suddenly gets a mass of attention for the change in his physique after shaping up when working during his parole (sin...more
Emilie Mc
Oct 18, 2012 Emilie Mc is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
“Life handed me a lemon and it blew up in my face” -Tyler page 127. Some people have all the luck in life, our main character, Tyler, was not one of those fortunate individuals. Growing up in popularity poverty Tyler only had a single friend. Sick of being invisible during his senior year in high school he decides to change the rules. Daringly pulling what he thought would bring him from poverty to riches in popularity, Tyler is caught in the act of vandalizing the school and sent to juvenile h...more
So, here's the deal: I totally picked this book up at the library because it looked interesting. The cover looked a little edgy (nothing too bubble gum) and I've been on the lookout for YA books with male protagonists... I've been trying to get inside the minds of high school males (I know, it seems weird, right?) because I'm not sure I've been writing the guys in my novel very faithfully. After reading this (and starting to read Doing It by Melvin Burgess, authored by a guy) it appears that if...more
Of this group of YA novels, this is the least "heavy" of all the books, in part because humor is the main weapon of Tyler, the main character. The voice, like Melinda's in Anderson's classic Speak, is heartbreaking, honest and funny, as when Tyler describes himself as "a zit on the butt of the student body." Long an outcast nerd, Tyler commits a rebellious act that leads to a summer of muscle and confidence-building labor, transforming Tyler into a stud. He soon captures the attention of school...more
Annie Mattson
When I first started reading, I hated it. I still think that the first half of the book was terrible. Making something disgusting does NOT make a book better. Then the second half of the book I enjoyed more and I felt like Tyler was starting to mature and think about deeper things more than all the bad stuff that apparently goes through a teen's mind. So the book turned out to be pretty good, but I still really disliked the first half.
Ally  Cakes
I enjoyed the concept of this story. The angst and struggle of teenage life is always fascinating and eye opening. The mc Tyler was likable and true to the end but it wasn't enough for me.

Alas if concept was the only thing needed we wouldn't have a problem, but we do. The problem was in the lacking of execution of the conclusion. Too many problems not dealt with at the end.

When I read a story I except to take a journey.
I thought I was being taken on this journey, only to be dropped off in the m...more
I really injoyed all of the different twistes that are in the book!
High school is tough for some people. One of these people is Tyler Miller. He wasn't popular or rich or memorable. Not until he defaced school property and was sent to do community service. After that he gained muscles, looked decent enough to be considered eye candy, and was labelled a bad boy.

But Tyler had issues with his family. His dad was an ass who was beaten as a kid and suffered from hot tempered outbursts, his mom was passive and a bit of a drinker, and his sister was a budding hormona...more
Okay, so this book got a B because although I want to rate it higher, I know that some people wouldn’t find it as great as I did and I wanted to be fair. Ha.

This book is great to me because it is in a guys point of view, and I love that! It is always very interesting to me to read books set in the POV of the opposite sex. And I think this book really captures the mind of a guy. [Warning: It gets into some detail that might not be suitable for young ages.]

Tyler is the guy that nobody wants to be...more
This was a really great read. I think I read it in about 48 hours. It follows the story of Tyler, a seventeen-year old high school student who has been bullied since about the seventh grade. Puberty wasn't kind to him. In an act of defiance, he spray paints some choice words on the side of the high school and finds himself with a probation officer, no cell phone, no license, and a summer of community service. The community service is landscaping and janitorial work so he gets buff and grows out...more
First off,I started this book at almost two in the morning when I couldn't go off to sleep.After the first few chapters,I was completely hooked and I couldn't put it down till I was finished.I think I just set a kind of record for myself by finishing a novel in little under four hours.:)
Tyler's life is a big mess.His dad works all the time and is generally a big jerk.His mom is portrayed as a nice lady who tries in vain to hold things together with her family and is she is sinking deep into depr...more
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