Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN/Publisher: 978-0-14-241184-1/Speak (part of Penguin)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult
Tyler Miller is a high school student and he was the scrawny kid that was constantly bullied. But after he was arrested for vandalizing the high school campus and sentenced to hard labor community service, he became Mr. Muscle man.
Bethany Milbury, the most popular girl starts to take interest in Tyler. The thing is, Bethany is the daughter of his dad's boss and the sister of the boy that bullied him. However, Tyler also shows interest in Bethany and they start to hang out despite the people she's related to.
After an incident where naked pictures pop up on the Internet of Bethany, Tyler is accused and wishes he was still invisible to the world. The cops, his verbally-abusive father, the principal, and the kids around town are all out to get Tyler. He has no idea what to do and finds his life twisted. He wants to be invisible, but is suicide the answer???
When I picked up this book, I had no idea what to expect. I mean it's called Twisted and the cover is a twisted pencil. All I knew was that Anderson was writing a boy's story. And in the end I really liked the novel.
The characters were well drawn out and were characters that a person can find at any high school. To top it off, Laurie Halse Anderson did an amazing job intertwining the relationships in the book. We get the story of dysfunctional families and a young man that has no idea how to fit into society because no one really has been there to show him what a man is.
Tyler's story is relatable for boys and girls. We feel for this character and want to cheer him on and support him and maybe protect him. Anderson did it again with this novel...she captured a subject that is hard to talk about and placed it into a young adult novel so beautifully.
Definitely read this book!!!
Don't get me wrong, I like reading. But some books should come with warning labels: Caution: contains characters and plots guaranteed to induce sleepiness. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery after ingesting more than one chapter. Has been known to cause blindness, seizures, and a terminal loathing of literature. Should only be taken under the supervision of a highly trained English teacher. Preferably one who grades on the curve. -page 50
Calc was incomprehensible. I could understand irrational girls and irrational parents. But irrational numbers? -page 62