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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,348 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Clara Wilson has a lot on her mind. Her best friend, Gerri, has started moving in circles that will never in a million years include Clara and her crooked nose. Clara's parents are fighting again, and her mom keeps talking about teaching in France. At least Clara still has Hambone, her loyal dog. And her crush on Amos McKenzie, of course.

Amos McKenzie doesn't much like hom
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Ember (first published 1999)
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Hallie Pellegrin
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this book off of Ms. Falkner's shelf one day because I forgot my free reading book and it turned out to be very good. The story follows two characters named Clary and Amos who share very similar problems. 1) Both of their parents are hiding something and 2) they have become targets of the two meanest kids in town- the Tripp brothers. This story follows Amos and Clary as they work together to evade the Tripps and support each other as their parents' secrets are revealed. I would recommen ...more
Jacqueline Vicente
The book was interesting in a way. I did find Clara to be super annoying though & it made it seem as if Amos' father had like some deep dark secret but really he just had cancer. I'm not really sure when I just stopped kind of enjoying and just wanted to finish it. It was a decent read. Nothing really excited happened or popped out for me.
May 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
I found this at a discount book store and picked it up because of the cover. I was surprised to find that I really liked this book. But, I read it so long ago that I can't remember what I like about it.
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 7th grade and up
Shelves: teen, boy, real
Some kids might like the two points-of-view--one a guy's, one a girl's--but some might have preferred just one POV in a shorter book. Does help to have rare guy's POV of romance.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
why read anything other than YA fiction?
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Um, I read this book twice because I didn't remember reading it the first time. I read it the entire way through without realizing I'd read it before.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
It continues to amaze me that books by these incredibly talented authors are so hard to find in bookstores and libraries. Crooked, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, captures with startling verisimilitude the voices of the young people who populate this story set in a small town in upstate New York.

Clara and Amos, the fourteen-year-old protagonists, are sweet and shy, full of hormones and angst, and achingly believable. Similarly, the cruel girls in their class are as convincingly frigh
Emill Coto
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The book started out with some fairly interesting plot points with the one of the main characters (Often switches POV throughout the book)having an emotional and relationship issue. Clara, the main female role, is not content with her looks and dreams. One should note that the time period of the book is aprox. 1950s so they have some pretty different ideals and values. Most of the conflicts that occur throughout the book are very "cliche" in some aspects too. Things like Amos Mackenzie (the othe ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like drama and thrillers
Shelves: youngadult
Very good teen fiction, with an interesting mix of family drama and scary thug thriller. Great characters, with all the details of school friendships and family dynamics done right. I loved how smart and tough Clara was. She didn't try to be friends with Gerri anymore after the mocking phone call, she stood up for herself when she was alone with Eddie, the tough guy, and later at the big climax, even when she was paralyzed with fear, she kept thinking instead of giving up. I wish Amos, her count ...more
Sarah Walker
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about a complicated crush and even more complicated events to follow. this book held my attention from beggining to end and ultimatley (?) satisfied my hunger for a good book that was mystery/teenage drama/ who knows?.

i highly reccomend it.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was good from what I remember, but it wasn't as powerful as I had hoped for... =(
Megan Duke
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent read for young adults! But you don't have to be a young adult to enjoy it. Books like this are what I considered to be classics on how to grow up.
Jul 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but not as much as Crushed. The McNeals seem to have a formula: sweet-but-not-hip-main character, misunderstood boy, thugs, betrayal, missing parents.
Abby F.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crooked was a very well-written book that always kept me interested. I would definitely recommend reading it!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a good quick read. It was entertaining to read, but won't stand out to me after a week or two.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely frightening and uncomfortable. Clara is a champ.
Never Stop Reading or Dreaming
I read this book a while ago and although I have grown since then I am still a fan.
Alayna Payton
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this when I was younger but I remember liking it and being on the edge of my seat reading the ending!
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recently I just finished "Crooked" by Laura McNeal. My thoughts on the book is surprising. Through out the book I had gotten a mystery thriller vibe to the book, which is a different vibe from what I usually read. I thought that this book carried out well and I enjoyed it a lot with all its twists and turns.

*Spoiler Alert*
One part that surprised me was that the older Tripp bother was very abusive not just to everyone else but to the people that was close to him. I was also surprised that the yo
Gel (Whimsy Wanders)

He didn’t look like a jerk. But, as her mother liked to say, jerks don’t always wear an identification label.

I found this book on Booksale last week at a cheap price so I bought it. Not only that it is affordable but it has a very mysterious dust jacket and the hardbound part (what do you call it?) is very beautiful too. The dust jacket reminded me of the movie 88 (which is one of the greatest movies out there so check it out) I know
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
By Laura and Tom McNeal
346 pp. New York
Dell Laurel-Leaf $5.50
ISBN 0-440-22946-4

Clara Wilson, a girl with a crooked nose which everyone makes fun of, parents divorced, and some boy trouble. Her best friend Gerri ditches her and now she has no friends. Clara Wilson likes a boy named Amos Mackenzie but does not know what to do, now that he’s famous. She faces danger by the Tripp brothers because of Amos. Eddie Tripp is the same age as Clara and Amos and he likes Clara. This is just the main
Rebecca Dumont
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I have not read many, what I call, "Teen" novels. By "Teen" I mean fiction books about life as an average teenager when something out of the norm happens, and I am not talking about meeting vampires and falling in love with the supernatural world. Just regular people that competely possible, although sometimes bad, things happen to them. This is one of those books, and I was impressed by it. I really could not put the book down. I mean I was reading it while waiting for the Super Bowl Commercial ...more
Ray Ziemer
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this young adult book quite a bit. An interesting cast of teen-age characters, sympathetic and otherwise, populates the small-town setting. There's the outcast Clara Wilson, she of the crooked nose and a damaged home life; Amos MacKenzie the milkman's son, whose life takes a sorrowful twist; and the Tripp brothers, as crooked and slimy as they come. They are all bright people, even the worst of them, and their interactions keep the plot lively and hopping. I liked the way the 3rd perso ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Took me long enough to reread this...
I read this probably... five years ago? It was a while ago.
When I first added this, I rated this 5 stars, but upon rereading, I am demoting it to 4 stars.
Here were my thoughts upon rereading:
- Clara is supposedly in 9th grade, but she seems MUCH younger, like 6th or 7th grade. I didn't notice this the first time I read this, because I was probably in 5th or 6th grade. Both Clara and Amos are overly "innocent".
- Crook was way too creepy to be likable, and h
Jul 29, 2011 added it
Reading this one as a possible choice for a friend's teen reading festival, but it fell short. Good insight into teen angst, at least as far as a 57 year old who has raised two can tell. Gets a little over-complicated, but the authors can see the good in all their characters, or at least the reasons for their behavior. This is more than most teens can! The two main characters are attractive and have life issues that increase their attraction to one another (and their constant tendency towards si ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It has suspense, romance, sadness, and everything a book can have. What ever the character is feeling you can feel the same feeling, as if you are standing right next to them. Crooked is about a girl named Clara Wilson who has a crooked nose and she faces a lot throughout the year. My favorite part of the book is how the author formatted the book, in two people's point of view. For example one chapter can be on Clara's point of view, the next Amos'. I would recommend th ...more
Hannah Notess
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I really like the YA novels of both Laura & Tom McNeal. This is a series of 3 YA romance-ish books that don't dive into the obsessive love obsessiveness of some really popular YA novels (see Eleanor & Park which is good but...) but feel more three dimensional - there are other aspects to the plot besides just the romance and the characters feel like they're trying to figure out life and grow up. I think "Crooked" was my fave of the 3 but they felt like a unit so I'm just doing 1 review f ...more
Bjorn Arnesen
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a summer reading book I had in high school. Once again the mindset is different and it has changed because it is not being read for pleasure. The teen life is always changing, and this novel was specially selected because of the age I was. Reading novels that relate to your age, and or problems can help with the flow of ideas. This novel didn't relate to my life but being of the same age as the characters, one thinks how they would react in a similar situation. This book helped me becom ...more
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