Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

91xmQ4usVcLTyler Miller in no longer invisible his senior year. After painting the school with graffiti, people know his name. His new physique honed by a summer of hard manual labor attracts the attention too. A lot of the attention comes from the popular Bethany Milbury, who Tyler SHOULD stay away from since Bethany’s brother hates him and Bethany’s dad is his father’s boss. But there’d be no book without a little flirtation and a lot of lust.

Twisted  by Laurie Halse Anderson is a roller coaster ride. At first I thought this book would be like many others I’ve read. Tyler, the main character is an outsider. He meets the popular girl and they like each other, realizing they have more in common than they originally thought. I was so happy when about 1/3 of the way into the story it went in a totally different direction, and I loved the book for that reason.

Tyler’s journey is unique, interesting and a page turner. It also touches on many sensitive subjects such as depression, anxiety and suicide.  I finished most of the book in one night. My only complaint toward the end is that the conflict was wrapped up too quickly and neatly. 

4 stars. A quick, interesting summer read.


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