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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  31,668 Ratings  ·  2,844 Reviews
High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background—average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing 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, ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2009, ya
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
Emily May
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, favorites
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
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Once you’ve thought long and hard enough about doing something that is colossally stupid, you feel like you’ve actually done it, and then you’re never quite sure what your limits are.”

If you've never read anything by Laurie Halse Anderson before, let me tell you that she writes some of the best hard-hitting realism. Speak took a close look at a rape victim; Wintergirls focused on an anorexic girl. Twisted is centered around suicide.

Anderson has a gift for being able to dive into the minds of
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Ashley Daviau
While I didn't love this, I didn't hate it either. I feel like a lot of important issues were brought up and then barely touched upon. There were opportunities to explore many things that teens confront during the journey through puberty and high school and I felt quite let down when those subjects weren't explored further. I did really enjoy the aspect of the male POV as I find it's something that's all too rare in a lot of the young adult books I read. I'm also a big fan of Anderson's writing ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
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
Anne Osterlund
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Strawberry Fields
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's not very long, an easy read and very entertaining.

It was fun for me as a woman to read this told from a male perspective. I remember high school like it was yesterday (ok, 30 years ago) and it made me giggle in places that reminded me of my own high school shenanigans.

Tyler, the narrator, is really going through some serious bullcrap his senior year. And yes, he brought most of it upon himself as teens do, but having to take heaped on bullcrap from other people is
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 2.5


It's gotten to the point where I don't remember much about what happened in this novel. Which is probably why I gave it a low rating. Y'all, if you're going to read Laurie Halse Anderson, read The Impossible Knife of Memory for enjoyment, or Speak because you are a human being and you need to.

Twisted wasn't bad, I know I hated the ending (like freaking unrealistic fairytale ending and it was RUSHED!!!!! Stop rushing, autho
carolina ☾
i love how Laurie Halse Anderson doesn't force romance into her stories. It is there or it isn't.
Not many female writers are able to write in such a realistic way a male point of view. I think she was capable of seeing the struggles of a guy are as important as girl's. We've read too much about girls and we don't realise guys have as much as problms as we have.

It's enjoable and not long. I couldn't get enough of it. However, the ending wasn't quite what i expected or wanted but Laurie Halse And
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Titolo e copertina dell'edizione italiana sono fuorvianti, come capita fin troppo spesso. E' un romanzo particolare, non è una storia d'amore, è il racconto di una presa di coscienza, di un momento critico di crescita. Fa riflettere, molto più di quanto faccia un altro romanzo a tratti simile (Senza nuvole) ma che non ho apprezzato allo stesso modo.
I personaggi non hanno una connotazione positiva o negativa... ma bensì umana, con tutte le piccolezze e gli errori della natura umana, chi più chi m
I,love this book. It connects with the readers, ( me), head on.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I still can't find words to describe this book but this one's another memorable read. Turns out that I really missed out on reading this year.
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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A story of a young boy searching for a way out of his troubles, what could sound more interesting? I actually began reading the book as a quick read before the mid started, but within the first several pages was entranced with the authors descriptive details and how he could capture everyday emotion in just a few words.

Tyler is an unpopular kid who tried to make a name of himself and ended up getting arrested. Now, after a month of community service, he returns to school and seems on the way to
Hannah Rae
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up really liking this book, but it took me a surprisingly long time to get into it. I started TWISTED on three or four separate occasions; for some reason, I just couldn't get past the first couple chapters. I think this is because I didn't feel an initial connection to Tyler... He frustrated me by making so many stupid decisions; I wanted to tell him to grow up.

Eventually, Tyler does grow up. He deals with some heavy issues and makes some big decisions and by the end of the novel, I fou
Kara Belden
"Everybody told him to be a man. Nobody told him how."

I was skeptical that Laurie Halse Anderson would be able to get into the mind of a teenage boy since all of her other books' protagonists are females (as far as I know), but she continues to impress! This is a highly entertaining book with an important reminder that good kids sometimes make bad decisions. Tyler comes from a dysfunctional family with an abusive father. He makes a poor decision at the beginning that turns him into a teenage de
Michael Justine
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, how do your rate a novel you disliked from beginning till the middle part, only to be surprised by its ending? The conclusion was definitely moving and well-written. It's just a shame I wasn't sold on some aspects of the narrative. Like Looking for Alaska, I'm not fond of unjustified, edgy, YA novels. Overtime, the insistence of the narrative that guys only want to bang virgin girls in this demented world of high-school, felt gratuitous and excessive. True, it may be the reality, but there ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
the end shocked me.
Mallory Pierce
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Twisted is a book about a high school boy named Tyler Miller who has been bullied all through his school years. During his junior year he decides that he is going to prank the school. While doing so he drops his wallet and the police figure out that he was the one who sprayed painted all over the school. Tyler was given community service hours and worked construction during that next summer. Tyler became a new man that summer; he got a tan, grew in height, and also became a lot stronger than he ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
ספר נוער על נער רגיש ולא מקובל המצוי בקשר מורכב וקשה עם אביו. כתוב לא רע, וכנראה ימצא חן בעיני קהל היעד אך לא הצליח לעורר אצלי עניין מיוחד או התרגשות יתרה.
Emilie Mc
Oct 18, 2012 is currently reading it
“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
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