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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,431 ratings  ·  114 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
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. ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, young-adult
I hadn’t read a Laura and Tom McNeal book in quite a while. I saw Crooked while browsing, read the sample, then bought the book. And then it was consumed in one night. I had forgotten that these authors do not play safe, don’t hesitate to put their characters in unbearable situations.

Tension, tension, tension….. this from a book that is about the ordinary in life: no magical powers, no rich uncles, no alternate universes, no super powers. And yet they created more suspense in this plausible, nor
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. ...more
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 7th grade and up
Shelves: real, boy, teen
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. ...more
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. ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
why read anything other than YA fiction?
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
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 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.
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... =( ...more
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. ...more
Joy Slykhuis
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-fiction
So good! A great story of Amos, the milkman's son and reluctant hero, and Clara, who's mother has gone to Spain. I decided to reread this, since I really didn't remember anything about it, except that I loved it.

Amos, our boy, is the son of a wonderful man who tragically dies of something no one ever really explains. Clara, who's nose is crooked, has a discontented mother who finally takes off to teach in Spain, and a father who starts dating another woman immediately.

In Grade 9, both kids becom
Victoria Zieger
I liked the way that this story had the two varying YA perspectives and it really grasped growing up in a very real way. The characters are flawed, but very admirable in many ways and the story unfolds very smoothly with everything coming together. Clara and Amos are foils of each other and it is a very interesting relationship that they develop. Definitely a good coming of age story.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
found this at a thrift store for ten cents, it was paper back and smelled old, not something that would call my attention! but it did and this is one of those don't judge a book by its cover books because the story it told was rather entertaining! I was rooting for Clara and Amos the whole time and the Tripp brothers were just plain out creepy characters. it was a fun read!! ...more
This was one of my favorite books in high school and so I decided to reread it to see if it held up after 10 years. I would probably rate it 3.5-4 now but because of the nostalgia I have to give it a 5.
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!
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. ...more
Pence Papiere
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely frightening and uncomfortable. Clara is a champ.
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.

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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
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!
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept me interested from beginning to end. Pretty easy read.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dark, depressing, and miserable. I felt worse after reading it. I wouldn't let myself read it again for sure, as it wasn't good and nothing but the bad stayed with me. ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Decent YA read based on some heavy family and peer subjects. Quick and easy paperback that was fun to blow through in a few sittings.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of all time part two

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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