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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  73 reviews
One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.

They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf boyfriend (and Twigs can’t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 18th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published August 18th 2013)
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May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
With first person narratives, there’s always the risk that the narrator comes across as unlikeable. Well, Madeline Annette Henry, aka TWIGS, takes unlikeable to a whole new plateau. I hated her with a passion best reserved for anchovies, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, white vinegar, and chlamydia. She’s eighteen with the maturity level of an eight year-old, or maybe we should give her the benefit of the doubt and say her brain capacity matches her size, so she’s a fifth-grader. She stomps like a fo ...more
Jannat Bhat
Firstly I have to say that I absolutely adore the cover. It's so pretty and beautifully simple. I actually was drawn to this book because of its cover.
So now this is the story of Twigs. She has a lot to deal with. Her father has left, her mom is dating again, her little sister suddenly has a boyfriend, her own boyfriend has left for college, and her older brother has gone missing in Iraq. Twigs has been small her whole life; stuck at four-foot-nine, it’s always been hard for her to get people to
Beth Pond
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book through net galley in exchange for an unbiased review.

This book was so hard to finish. In the first few chapters, I really wanted to root for the main character, Madeline Henry, AKA Twigs. Twigs is a pint-sized girl with massive problems. First of all, she's about to go to community college and doesn't want to be referred to as Twigs anymore, but yet when people call her Twigs, she doesn't consistently correct them. Her mother was a bit mean. She tells her she will
Joni Thomas
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a unique book! Twigs got her nickname because she was born premature and very very tiny. At 18 she is not even 5 feet tall but she sure is full of spunk and attitude! She works at a drug store and that's where she first meets Helen, a woman scorned who has a complete breakdown in the store, throwing hair dye and screaming. As Twigs tried to calm Helen down she has no idea that Helen will become her lifeline in the days to come. Twig's finds out her older brother Matt went AWOL in th ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading Twigs. I managed to slough through half of the book before setting it aside with a sigh of exasperation. My problems mainly stem from Twigs herself. She’s an asshole. She’s judgemental and rude and mean for no reason. She hits a guy she’s never even met with a car on purpose. She’s inconsiderate and most of her narration is complaining about something or other, though she never considers that an alternative to complaining might be getting off her ass and ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I received a copy of this book via net-galley for an honest review, and honestly, I hated it! There was just something about this book that made it hard for me to fall in love and root for the main character. I really just didn't care about Twigs and I found her to be rather rude.

I understand that this book is about a short girl, but did there really have to be such a big fuss about her height? I mean she's short, we get it, move on with the actual story!

More than anything though, I think I jus
Margo Kelly
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really got a kick out of this book. Yes, it was silly and over-the-top in places, but I laughed a lot. Reading some of the other reviews on Goodreads, I'm surprised that so many people disliked the main character, Twigs. I thought she was pretty funny. But maybe that's because I've thought about hitting people with my car, too. ;) I do agree that some of her nicknames for people were rude, but poor little Twigs, she was unhappy and angry and lonely, and she was just doing the best she could in ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Twigs is a small girl with a big load of problems. Her mother is starting to date again, her father walked out on the family, and her little sister is focused on the dating and games that come along with high school. Things only intensify when a crazy woman comes into her work, and things get worse from there when she gets the news that her older brother is missing in Iraq. Twigs has to put herself to the test to keep it all together and to fight for what's important to her.


I wanted to like t
Megan (The Book Babe)
Other reviews at The Book Babe's Reads. Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.

I have several very upsetting things to say about Twigs. First of all, I can't believe I made it through this book! For the about the first 30% of this book, I really wanted to drop it. But I soldiered on, with the false hope that it would pick up for me. But it was all in vain, because to tell you the complete truth, I hated Twigs. The character. Because she was annoying and self-centered and immature and ha
Sally Kruger
Madeline Henry has been known as Twigs since her older brother gave her the name shortly after her premature birth. When her tiny little arms and legs were described as twigs, he latched onto the name and it stuck.

Twigs is now eighteen and in a few short weeks she'll be starting college at the local community college. She succeeded in making it through high school and worked hard at the Uptown Pharmacy to earn the tuition to attend Hinkney Community College all on her own. Her drunken father lef
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
TWIGS by Alison Ashley Formento (Pre-Publication Review)

Twigs Henry is trying to make a new start, beginning with ditching her nickname and presenting herself as her real name, Madeline Annette Henry. No one who knows her is going along with this, but since she is starting college, at least there it should stick. Except that it doesn't. Sigh.

Right now, nothing is going right. Her dad has disappeared, her mother has gone through a string of men in the meantime. She seems to have no love for Twi
Chris Mclean
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ya
I got so frustrated for Twigs, a teeny tiny 18-year-old. She is getting ready to head off to community college (not the university where her boyfriend is), works in a drugstore with an oppressive boss, there are some hoodlums that keep trying to steal from the drugstore, her sister is perfect, her mom has taken up with yet another boyfriend, and her dad is gone...somewhere. Then, her brother disappears while he is in Iraq.

Wile this can make it sound like a soap opera, it did not read that way. T
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you've ever thought that you've had the worst week ever, Madeline Henry, also known as Twigs by everyone who knows her, has you beat. Twigs, a petite young lady, goes through the most tumultuous week in history, just as she is about to start college, but not just any college, Hinkney Community College, in nowheres-ville Arkansas. With all of her friends, as well as her boyfriend, away at "real" universities and her brother Matt in Iraq, Twigs feels completely isolated and alone, yet this is n ...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you like soap operas, you will love this book.

Holy hell.

Honestly, I should have been prepared for what I was getting into based on the publisher's blurb - but it was almost as bad (or good, if you like that kind of thing) as a tele-novella.

Like whoa.


I'm 99% sure it is statistically impossible for one person to endure the level of sheer drama that Madeline "Twigs" Henry went through over the course of this book. If it wasn't so sad it would have been laughable!

Pamela (slytherpuff)
Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up.

I seem to be in a NetGalley funk this past week. I've read some real gems and some real...not gems. And by "read," I mean "no way could I finish this book."

I really wanted to like this book, but there was SO. MUCH. GOING. ON. that it was hard to keep track of everything. Really, how much melodrama does one person attract?

This is the review that most resembles what I would write if I wanted to spend more time on this book.

I received a copy of this book
Alpha Possessive Heroes
Twigs is a tiny 18 yo. young lady. She's not having a great week... Her boyfriend is heading off to a fancier college, leaving her behind to attend a community college, Mom has another new boyfriend, Dad is gone somewhere and brother is missing in Iraq...

I love the cover of this book.. it's simple yet very beautiful. I kinda enjoyed twig's adventure. Her life was quite physical and emotional roller coaster and I think this is ideal read for teenagers who's going through some tough times. There w
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Read this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Loved this story and didn't want to put it down until I finished. Twigs is having a bad time. Boyfriend gone off to college, her Dad isn't around, Mum's got a new boyfriend so has her (way too young) sister. In fact nothing is going right. Then things get even worse when her brother disappears. The story isn't a comedy but quite a few times I found myself laughing out loud over a comment made by a character and what a cast of supporting c
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a goodreads giveaway book I received. It was an enjoyable fiction story with a character that one could relate to, at least in part. She encounters quite a mix of personal problems but ends up discovering more about herself than she could have ever imagined.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this one 3 1/2 stars (I'll round up to 4). The story itself was good! It dealt with some heavy stuff, but somehow, by the end, I wanted to call it a cute read. I don't know. I'll put up my full review after it goes live on my blog!
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, netgalley-book
Found this book to be pretty good. It's a story about the struggles of a family and friendships. And a lot of secrets. Definitely a lot of life lessons in this book.
Sarah Enchanted
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was great it left me speechless. Really! ;)
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Thalia by: NetGalley
Read the review on my blog:
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
While a bit overdramatic, unrealistic, and sort of soap-opera, I did enjoy this in a guilty pleasure way. I rarely sympathized with the main character, and found her insufferable for most of the book, but I think that's what makes Twigs an interesting protagonist. Sometimes the universe throws a ton of shit at you all at once, and you've gotta deal with it the best way you can.

I believe this could have used another round of editing, honestly. Caught several spelling errors, formatting errors, an
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
“Twigs” was an okay book, but failed to live up to its potential. From the description, I thought I’d be getting a pretty good little contemporary with a hefty dose of self-discovery and a spunky heroine. What I got instead was mediocre, at times caused eye-rolling, and occasionally heartwarming enough to give me mixed feelings overall.

At the start of the novel, Twigs is killing time at her boring townie job in the local pharmacy, toying with different ways of saying her real name. She’s been ca
Charlotte Bennardo
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How complicated can an ordinary girl, on an ordinary day, be? Life's not simple for Twigs- but she makes it through, somehow. An endearing story.
Audrey Graser
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Title: Twigs
Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Merit Press
Length: 272 pages
Original Publishing Date: September 18th, 2013
Series: Standalone
Where I got it: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads Amazon Author's Website

Synopsis from Goodreads:
"One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.

They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as l
A Book Vacation
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
To see my full review:

This is certainly not an uplifting book. Going in I knew that Twigs was going to be dealing with some difficult situations, but her life keeps going from bad to worse, and I came out of the novel a bit depressed.

Personally, I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, let alone like many of them. Twigs is a tiny girl, size 4’9. I’m 5’1, so we’re close in height and I understood a lot of the angst that she felt about her size an
The SMART Book Club
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You can read this review and others here

Title: Twigs
Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/5

Twigs has always been the shortest one. Born premature, and less than 5 feet tall, Twigs looks like a strong wind could blow her over. But this teensy, tiny heroine has a gallon-sized spirit that won’t bow down to anybody. And she needs it too. Everything in her strange world is changing, and not for the better.

With a drunk father who
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
My Initial Thoughts/Rambling: So this is one of those books where I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it, hence the three stars. There was an equal amount of good and bad, and overall I enjoyed it, but I'm not in love with it. It was a nice read for a lazy afternoon! Possible Spoilers Ahead.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook of Twigs from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What did I think about the characters? I think this was the hardest part for me to handle, because most of the p
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, dnf
DNF: page 64

This books was just wholly unenjoyable. Any bad thing you have to say about YA contemporary can be fit into this book.

Twigs is an 18 year old girl where everything that can be wrong goes wrong for her, to the point where it is almost comical. Her boyfriend is in college somewhere else and eventually cheats on her (its spoiled on the back cover), her dad ran away, her mom is a touch neglectful, and her younger sister is a slut (Twig's words not mine), and NOW her brother is MIA in th
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Alison Ashley Formento is the author of the young adult novel TWIGS (Merit Press), and award-winning picture books THIS TREE COUNTS!, THIS TREE 1, 2, 3, THESE BEES COUNT!, THESE SEAS COUNT! and THESE ROCKS COUNT! (Albert Whitman & Co.). She's written for The New York Times, Parenting, The Writer and several other magazines.



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