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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  34,465 ratings  ·  3,133 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
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Published March 20th 2007 by Viking Books
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May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: ya, 2009
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
I started off liking this. I tend to prefer male protagonists and Tyler is funny. And then I start cringing. Anderson gets how shocking teenagers are because she's cool like that. You know, every girl's a little easy dressing like a tramp and just waiting to get laid and every guy's a pervert doing you know what on the internet and in the shower. And they have to throw around the f word and party like crazy. It would not be authentic at all to write about teenagers and not use that shock value, ...more
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
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 o
akacya  ♡̷̷ˎˊ
Laurie Halse Anderson has long been one of my favorite authors, and each book of hers I read further cements that. I find myself caring deeply for her characters, even though I know I’ll have to say goodbye (for now) in less than 300 pages. As for Twisted specifically, I can definitely see myself revisiting Tyler’s world in the future. I loved his narrative and his journey.
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 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
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Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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After being caught graffiting the school during summer vacation, Tyler Miller is given 6 months probation of hard work and heavy labour. This slowly transforms him from invisible Nerd Boy to suddenly hunky semi-bad boy which catches the attention of his long time crush, Bethany Milbury. Unfortunately for Tyler, Bethany is the daughter of his father's boss as well as the twin sister of h
4.5 Stars

When Tyler commits a foul deed he is served with a summer of probation and community service. With all the hard labor of his community service his body starts bulking up which catches the eye of a popular girl named Bethany. Bethany invites Tyler to a party. When Tyler shows up Bethany is drunk and takes Tyler up to a room. Tyler realizes Bethany is drunk and tells her he doesnt want to do anything which makes Bethany mad. When naked pictures of Bethany start to show up on the internet
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
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
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone raves about LH Anderson, and now I see why. She is amazingly insightful when it comes to the teen psyche with a tight, spot-on writing style.

Tyler Miller is the nerdy computer boy who returns to school his senior year with a rep as a semi-bad-boy after being put on probation for spray painting the high school. He's also finally hit puberty, put on some muscle, and the popular girl at school is noticing him. Of course, complications ensue, not the least of which is that his uptight fath
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
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 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
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
Whitney Atkinson
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
knockin this down .5 stars because now that i think about it, it wasnt AMAZING
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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
carolina ☾
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-e
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
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Ever smell the milk jug when you open it and you don't think you smell anything funky, so ou pour a big glass and you take a giant gulp and as soon as it hits your mouth you know it has gone bad and you spit it in the sink and race upstairs to gargle? And when you finally stop needing to heave, you realize that you did smell something funny at first, but you didn't know what to call it? - Tyler (p. 98)

Tyler galt sein ganzes Leben lang al
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. ...more
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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
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
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
Haylee Anderson
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So unexpected! Loved the twists (pardon the pun) and turns of this novel. Such a great writer with varying perspectives. What a great story told from the "bad boy's" perspective. Shows how much we really know about the battles others are fighting. ...more
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
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