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Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jun 14, 2010

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I was a little discouraged by the title of this book, but it actually turned out to be a pretty feel-good book, at least by the end. It starts off with Tyler, a former geek who has bulked up over the summer and has suddenly become attractive. He starts dating the most beautiful girl in the school, Bethany, but things go all wrong at a wild high school party after a football game.

A very drunk Bethany tries to have sex with Tyler, but he doesn't want to take advantage of her. Bethany angrily storms off and Tyler waits outside to make sure that Bethany gets home safely. Hours later, she and her brother try to drive home (both of them are completely drunk), but Tyler drives them home instead to insure their safety. The next day, pictures of a nearly naked Bethany are posted on the internet, and everyone blames Tyler. The book is about how he deals with being ostracized and wrongly accused.

Tyler also has to deal with problems at home. His parents fight all the time, and his father is especially horrible. Tyler struggles with how to deal with his family and how to tell his father how he feels.

"Twisted" refers to the life that Tyler sees ahead of him (based on the example he has from his parents)--get married to a beautiful girl, end up hating each other, stay together because of their children, but make life miserable for everyone--even the children--by fighting all the time. Tyler does not want that kind of life.

In the end, Tyler is able to figure things out and take action. He is able to stand up for what he wants and to find hope for his future. It takes awhile to get to a better life, but it gets there eventually. And along the way Tyler learns about true friends.

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