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Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jan 30, 09

bookshelves: realistic, guy-reads, high-school, older-teen
Read in March, 2008

M The tale of nobody Tyler, whose rebellious prank on the high school campus leads to a dramatic series of events that rock his world. The court-ordered custodial work he does transforms him into a muscular hunk, and he finds his crush Bethany attracted to him to the point of straying across popular/unpopular clique lines. A rivalry with her brother, Chip; a drunken party that ends badly; and a father both stressed and uncaring all push Tyler nearly to the breaking point. The author (know best for "Speak") skillfully recreates scenarios familiar to many teenagers, including the drama involved in the cafeteria seating arrangements and the love-hate relationships in families as growing teenagers change the dynamic. The dialog and characters are realistic and the action propels the story forward; this is a book that avid teen reader will get through quickly and recommend to their friends. The first-person narration from Tyler's point of view makes the book accessible for boys who are reluctant readers as well.
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