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Twisted Summer

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Every summer Cici and her family join other family and friends at Crystal Lake. This year she learns that Brody, her friend Jack's older brother, has been convicted of murder. Sure that Brody is innocent, Cici searches for the real killer and, in the process, discovers a complicated web of lies and coverups that places her in jeopardy, too.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Simon Pulse (first published February 3rd 1998)
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Teresa Faliq ☼
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I was surprised by how much I actually liked this book. It’s a murder mystery novel and I actually really liked it. I was sceptical by the fact that it was so short-192 pages long-but as I like to say, never judge a book by its length!
This book follows a girl named Cici who goes on an annual summer trip to visit her aunts, uncles and cousins at Crystal Lake. She finds out that one of the girls that lives in Crystal Lake was murdered the year before, and the suspect was one of her close friend’s
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Sakura Yagi
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. I was confused by this mystery. This story has a lot of characters, so I had no idea who killed Zoe until the end, I would recommend this if you like to read mystery. And this story also has a little bit romance. Cici is a 14 years old girl, but she didn't give up and she found a truth. I was surprised because she has a lot of energy. I want to be a person who would not give up to the end like her. Also I think I could learn new word from this book. There were not many diffi ...more
Aryanna 1 Sasser
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Twisted summer by Willo Davis Roberts takes you to Crystal Lake. Where all the family gathers every year. Cici unfortunately last year had miss the big gathering. Because her dad went on a big business trip so her family joined him. When she comes back she finds out that one of her closest friends have convicted a murder. Cice tries her hardest to prove that her friend Brody is not the killer. All though this book had an amazing plot and was really well written. If I were to just describe the bo ...more
HeavyReader
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people at least almost 15
Shelves: young-adult
Oh how sweet...A murder mystery for children.

My library has this shelved in the children's department, but I think a book about the murder of a teenage girl belongs in the young adult department, so that's the shelf I'm putting it on. I certainly would not recommend this book for anyone under "almost 15," which is the protagonist's age.

I think it's really strange that we live in a culture where reading about murder is a form of entertainment. I find reading about murder very distasteful. I only
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Sarah Maddaford
This isn't a bad mystery, but it does move pretty slowly. Most of the real action happens at the end. I finished it in an afternoon so at least it wasn't that slow a read. Cici and Jack are pretty good characters, but most of the other characters, including the murder girl's family, are not well described. At least this mystery tied up nicely unlike the Sally Lockhart one.
Monis
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! I loved this book! It is sorta a mystery and sorta not! lol! ! loved it!
Sam -  On Sam's Bookshelf
I really enjoyed reading this one! It was a short fast read, but it had a good story. I was surprised by how much story and anticipation could be crammed into such a short book.
Carla
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: la-1
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Ichika27
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This one was a pretty interesting read. It excited me when I read the beginning as the mystery was set. Our main character's young age plus all the stuff she would have to go through made this a bit more interesting as she's not really a professional detective and all she does are things that broder on the simple that someone her age can do and it can make me worried at bit as she's too young to be going after a murderer.

The only thing that made this kind of disappointing is that near the end, y
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Diane Carrozzo
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This is definitely a mystery for middle schoolers. I was bored most of the time. But middle schoolers will like the ease of reading, the suspense of one their own age trying to solve a mystery, the real emotions preteens have, and things like that. So for that reason, I would certainly recommend it to my 7th graders, but for me, well, I was bored.
Megan Houde
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very easy, fast paced read. I didn’t realize that it was more middle school then young adult. The main characters were a lot younger than I expected. Even though CiCi was 14, I wish there had been a little more romance between her and Jake. At least a kiss 🤷🏼♀ But either way it was cute! ...more
Miarampersad
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was literally so amazing!! I'm not into mystery too much but this was so beautiful and interesting and I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. If you ever get a chance to read this book, please read it!!!
I really hope Jack and Cici end up together!! I LOVE JACK SO MUCH OMG I JUST LOVED THIS WHOLE BOOK!
Amy
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3.75 star rating
Basically a Nancy Drew type of murder mystery. Suitable for all ages, geared toward middle school vs. young adult. Is a slow read mystery set in a lake side cabin setting.
Ryana
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read, the characters continued to develop in directions I hadn’t anticipated.
Book Dragon Forever
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very quick mysterious read. Great book!
Myra Blake
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Great book! I didn't know "whodunit" until the very end. I really enjoyed the story line and plan to look into other books by this author.
Hayley
May 31, 2019 added it
A good thriller.
Mr. K
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit of a mystery that is easy to read and follow. I'm not sure if any new ideas were shared here. The characters and relationships were pretty flat. 73
Blackandred04
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good mystery, half the book was boring though and its a small book.
Annie Klabacha
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great. If you like mystery books then this book is for you. It's a realistic fiction book that involves murder and investigating.
NightmareMaven
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A short little read, but the mystery draws you in! A good beach read!
Kris
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Great mystery with a little romance. Many clues are given so that you think you know who is the murderer, but a huge twist at the end as to why.
HallyM
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twisted Summer

An incredible book written by Willo Davis Roberts, Twisted Summer, is not part of a series, though the book could easily be, considering the intriguing content within the book makes the story most difficult to put down. Twisted Summer is somewhat similar to the movie Safe Haven, in which the main character stabs a man defending herself, and later flees without figuring out if the man is dead. A character in Twisted Summer half strangled a teenaged girl in a flash of anger. The cha
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Bridger H 7 Hill
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book Twisted Summer, written by Willo Davis Roberts, is from the perspective of a fourteen year old girl who is excited to go see her friends and family at the cabin they own up by a small town near a lake. Cici, the girl's name, is mostly excited about seeing the boy she has had a crush on for forever, but when she gets to the cabin, she find out the the boy's brother had murdered a girl that stayed with all them at the cabin. Now Jack, the boy she likes, is not staying with them at the cab ...more
Laila
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is hooking right from the start. Reading one chapter seems to always lead to reading another because of the strong use of cliffhangers. Although the book did have a bit of a slower start, I actually wanted to keep on reading because I wanted to know what would happen next. One thing that does get me going, however, is the main character Cici. It's not so much a problem with her but with the way her characteristics are shown in the book. Willo Davis Roberts writes well and I can tell be ...more
Mindy
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a very exciting, intense mystery about a murder at Crystal Lake. Cici is almost fifteen, and she hopes to be considered one of the big kids this year at her grandparents' lake house. Cici and her family usually go to the lake every summer, but last summer they went to Hawaii for her dad's work. When she arrives at the lake this summer, she is shocked to discover that a girl who lived down the shore had been murdered last summer. Even more shocking is the person who was tried, convicted, ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cici and her family have traditionally spent every summer at Crystal Lake, with her mother's family, and many friends who also visit every year. Last year, they skipped the lake for another vacation opportunity, and when they return, nothing is the same. As they quickly learn in whispered conversations with their closest friends, what they missed was a murder. Cici is horrified to learn that not only was a girl named Zoe killed, but that Brody, the older brother of her closest friend, Jack, has ...more
Jessica
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great who done it! Cecilia (CiCi) is a teenage girl who returns to her families summer retreat looking forward to meeting up with Jack, a young man she has had a crush on since they were kids. Things are not quite the same when she returns to her summer refuge. Jack's brother Brody has been accused and found guilty of killing a girl on the island but many have their doubts as to his true guilt. Jack and his mother are having a hard time dealing with Brody being in prison but all the other resi ...more
Angela Berg
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Twisted Summer
A great who done it! Cecilia (CiCi) is a teenage girl who returns to her family’s summer retreat looking forward to meeting up with Jack, a young man she has had a crush on since they were kids. Things are not quite the same when she returns to her summer refuge. Jack's brother Brody has been accused and found guilty of killing a girl on the island but many have their doubts as to his true guilt. Jack and his mother are having a hard time dealing with Brody being in prison but all
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Sarah
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Junior High-High School
Recommended to Sarah by: My English Teacher :)
Shelves: school-books, mystery
When i first heard this, i thought
Oh, 15-year-old solves a murder!
Seems legit.
Actually, my teacher said she was 12 first.
I was a liiittle skeptical.
BUT! Our main sleuth, Cici, is 15. So it's all good.
How it goes down..

Cici has gone to the Lake every summer, until last year. Who would skip out on a chance to go to Hawaii?
Anyways, what's going to happen in one summer?
As it turns out,
a lot.
When she returns, Cici is looking forward to a summer of bonfires, music, the lake, and tanning. Most importan
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Willo Davis Roberts was an American writer chiefly known for her mystery novels for children and young adults. She won Edgar Allan Poe awards in 1989, 1995, and 1997 for best juvenile and best young adult mysteries. Her books included The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Don't Hurt Laurie, Megan's Island, Baby-sitting is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, The Girl with Silver Eyes, The One Left B ...more
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