Pages [hardcover]: 250
Opening Lines: I spent the last Friday of summer vacation spreading hot, sticky tar across the roof of George Washington High. My companions were Dopey, Toothless, and Joe, the brain surgeons in charge of building maintenance. At least they were getting paid. I was working forty feet above the ground, breathing in sulfur fumes from Satan’s vomitorium, for free.
Memorable Quote: Everyone told me to be a man. Nobody told me how.
Favorite Character: Hannah
High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background – average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn’t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his fathers boss’s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy and Tyler’s secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world. In Twisted, the acclaimed Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a very controversial subject: what it means to be a man today.
I love Laurie Halse Anderson. Her novels always have the perfect leading voice, capturing the personality of the character we’re meeting and bringing us into their world for a few hundred pages or so. Her books are more often than not shocking, holding nothing back, and make the reader wince once or twice. But they’re gripping, compelling, and tell the tale of the darker side of our society.
These scenes are very realistic. I could picture most of them happening right at my own school. I liked this element of realism. Though the terrible things happening to Tyler were horrible and blown out of proportion, they weren’t totally out there and readers-especially those still in high school-can connect to his dilemma.
I liked this book a lot, and I think that you should also read it, along with other Laurie Halse Anderson books-Speak and Catalyst to name a few. If anyone wants a review on one of her books, comment below and let me know.
‘Twisted’ is a great book and gets 5/5 stars.