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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sarah Hausman must hide a secret-even from herself. If she acknowledges the truth, it will destroy everyone she loves.
Timid fourteen-year-old Sarah wants her controlling mother to stop prying into what happened the night of the freshman dance. Confess to the police? No way. Confide in her mother? Get real. The woman is too busy, too proud, and too jealous of Sarah to real
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Bell Bridge Books
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Marjorie Brody's "Twisted" lives up to its name aptly, because it's quite a ride trying to figure and follow events within it. The story toggles between two perspectives: Sarah and Judith - as the two girls navigate some difficult times that end up bringing them together in a closer measure than either of them expect. Sarah's story was a little easier to follow given the story starts off with a traumatic event in her measure, but Judith ends up having a life changing event in her measure a bit a ...more
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Twisted. While the book blurb is vague, it does hint at what to expect within its pages. My emotions ranged from outrage to confusion at various points and never settled on calm. But I was okay with that. I enjoyed not knowing what to anticipate, and therefore, had no spoiled expectations. I related to some of the things the characters experienced, but shook my head at their asinine choi
This is not your usual ya novel. For a free Amazon ebook with almost few reviews I was skeptical about how good it could be. But Twisted has been aptly named and was quite a ride.

The writing is engaging without being superficial. Even though the setting or time is not very clear, this has a contemporary feel. Written with a dual perspective, this novel is more of a psychological thriller. The last 10% the narrative unfolds too quickly with lots of key revelations. The author relied heavily on f
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, high-school, angsty, dark
To see the full review that's posted on my blog, click here.

Firstly, you will want to read this book, it's bringing the masterful telling of a great thriller to the young adult genre. Secondly, you will need to clear your day for when you do, because Twisted will ensnare you from the beginning and not let go until the bitter end.

The novel begins with the night of the freshman dance, and it is delivered with shocking honesty. What surprised me was the high quality, poetic writing style of Marjor
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This gets 3 stars because, well, honestly, I don't know where I land on this. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. But I'm not sure what to make of it.

After a traumatic experience, 14-year-old Sarah is trying to cope on her own - her mother (easily one of the most despicable mothers since that Joan Crawford movie) approaches life by pretending that everything is fine, praying to God, and irrationally blaming her daughter for all her flaws, while her father, who she loves dearly, she doesn't trust to
Carl R.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was steered toward Marjorie Brody's Twisted by friend and mentor author Les Edgerton. Brody bills herself as an author of psychological suspense, and there's plenty of truth in that sobriquet. Starting with the title, a word which conveys multiple layers of meaning both about the plot and the characters, Brody pulls us into a world of deception and double-meaning. Everyone is hiding something. Sometimes the concealment is meant to hurt, sometimes to shield. But always it's destructive.

We're in
L.A. Starks
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book heartily deserves its wins: an honorable mention in the Great Midwest Book Festival and first place from the Texas Association of Authors for its 2014 young adult fiction category.

Without giving anything away, I did not see the ending coming--particularly the fate of one character. This book indeed twists throughout.

Twisted is perfect for anyone who liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and/or Sister: A Novel, by Rosamund Lupton.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bell Bridge Books and Netgalley.)
14-year-old Sarah can’t believe what’s happening to her when she is lured behind the school gym during the spring formal and gang-raped by four boys.
Hiding her dress in the trash, and hiding her bruises from her parents, Sarah tries to pretend that the rape never happened, but when the boy who lured her outside confesses to the police, and a doctor’s exam reveals that Sa
The Bookend Family
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don’t know if I have ever read a novel where the epigraph sums up a work so well. In this case it is nothing more or less than the definition of a word from Webster's Dictionary. The word is twist, and the novel is Twisted, by Marjorie Brody. Twisted is a YA book, and it can be read by a YA audience, but don’t think for a minute that this is an easy book to read. Twisted is one of the most psychologically sophisticated novels I have read in a long time, and it manages to deal with several diff ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is an interesting, very complicated story. Lots of twists,as the title suggests, but of course, it suggests more than that. I can't say I really liked it, although I did get involved with it -- after a slow start in which I thought I knew exactly where it was going, and I didn't like it. Well, I was wrong about where it was going. It's pretty unpredictable. Though the situation is tragic and suspenseful, and the characters are sympathetic and have depth, i didn't think it worked so well as ...more
Francis Hicks
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen girls and their parents
First, a confession. I am a 62 year old male, so my take on this young adult thriller may have a distinctive twist. I purchased the book at San Antonio's Book Fair and didn't get around to reading it for a while. The first time I picked it up, I stopped reading it. Rape is a tough subject. Coupled with the wicked social divisions of middle school and a family incapable of honest communication, I found the beginning overwhelming. But, the characters were interesting enough I wanted to know what h ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

Okay this is not like any books I have read so far. And to be honest it took a while to pull me in. I was confused at first. And maybe for me part of the reason I wasn't pulled in so easily or fast is because it is a fourteen year old girl who is raped. I know things like this happen but, having a daughter it isn't something I ever like to think about.
That being said it did take a while to pull me in to the point where I just couldn't put the book down. I did get sucked in at about 84% I hat
since I read a kindle, I can say I was exactly 51% through the book before I decided to finish it. I don't ever stop reading a book, but this one had me consider quitting about a dozen times. The characters were very immature, the story was disjointed, and it did not capture my attention. That said, it did finally turn a corner, and finally I was interested to see how it ends. There were definitely hints at twists and turns, and the hints had my mind thinking about so many possibilities. I becam ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, the title for this one is certainly appropriate. This story is so twisted and so crazy. As soon as you think it is headed in one direction it turns and it takes on another one, right up until the end...just like a twister. It made for compelling reading, but I wish it was just put together better. It is hard to do that kind of twisting and turning well in a novel, and perhaps if the book were a little longer and the story were given a longer timeline it would have come together. Also, cert ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Read my full review:

My opinion: This book was totally different than what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a mystery and it was FAR from it. It was good. I am happy I read it, but wouldn't call it ROCKIN'. It simply didn't stand out to me.

The writing and character development was good, but it almost felt preachy in its writing. It then took a turn to drama central. On that note, it is considered a young adult novel, so I cut it some slack for that.

Kimberly Jayne
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew Marjorie Brody would put out a great story, since she's already a noted and gifted author, but I didn't know just HOW great "Twisted" would be. I highly recommend this novel. It moves fast, has just enough tension and intrigue to keep you turning those pages, and the twists are unpredictable. Great ending too. Total surprise. Overall, this author has earned five gold stars from a very picky reader.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. The plot was interesting and original. The dialogue, however, felt unnatural at times. There are some plot twists that account for some of the problems with the dialogue, but it still seemed to be an issue for me from time to time as I read the book. The story deals with rape and family dysfunction. I can't say much more without spoiling thIs very unique story.
Wendy Pitts
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though NOT a feel good book I do think it is a must read. One of the best gifts reading can give us is empathy for people in situations different than our own. This book has that in spades! Warning: it is also not an easy read but well worth your time, and as the title suggests the end is not what you would expect.
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut suspense novel that is uncommonly good. The plot is indeed twisted and I can't say more than that lest I give any spoilers out. The psychology of the teenagers involved is well portrayed, and the author understands what she's writing about, that's for sure. Majorie Brody is a trained therapist and holds a Ph.D. in psychology. Don't let that scare you. This is a very readable book.
May 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
My brain is still trying to wrap cohesive thoughts around this book. The book had an interesting synopsis but overall, it was predictable, boring and I feel like it tried too hard to be something it's not. Do not recommend this one at all.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ng-ew just powerful. This dramatic story stays with you. Marjorie Brody did an amazing job not only with the story but the characters. I find it hard to find a book that I can't predict the outcome and this book really surprised me. I highly recommend Twisted.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
wasn't sure what I was getting myself into reading this book didn't know much about it. It just kind of sucked me in and was completely unexpected.
Myra Coleman
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Unpredictable with lots of twists. A very good read.
Linda Myers
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Rather a confusing book. I stuck with it but did not enjoy it that much. Too fragmented for my taste.
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As a licensed marriage and family therapist for over two decades, Dr. Marjorie E. Brody observed the joy, suffering, and potential of the human spirit. Now in her second career, she transforms her experience and passion for writing into tales of wonder, drama, and suspense. Her award-winning novels and short stories, some of which have been adapted for the stage, are characterized by extraordinary ...more
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