Friday, February 13, 2009
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
It all started with the "Foul Deed." Tyler has never had a spectacular life, his home life was not very happy, he was picked on at school, a pathetic dating record. He was only trying to be noticed.
And noticed he was.
After a summer of community service and meetings with his probation officer, and an embarrassing accident at his dad's boss's house (involving the hottest girl in school-Bethany) he starts back to school.
His dad makes him sign up for incredibly difficult classes, and the school principal is watching him like a hawk, just waiting for him to mess up. A bright side is that Bethany is starting to spend a little time with him. Things were starting to look just a little bit brighter.
But things begin to go downhill again when Tyler is accused of posting some inappropriate pictures. He is questioned by the police, and everyone believes he did it.
Will Tyler prove his innocence, stand up for himself and turn his life around?
What I Thought:
Wow. This is a book that I was talking about days after I finished. I found it to be gripping, interesting, and maybe a little sad. Tyler is too young to have faced the many obstacles he has faced; but this is reality for many young men in our world.
I was very impressed with Anderson's portrayal of the male voice. I am very interested to hear what a male thinks of this book and if Anderson nailed how guys think.
Overall, this book is highly recommended.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson .