Twisted by LaurieHalse Anderson

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Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. 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 father's 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 school, in his family, and in the world.


About LaurieHalse Anderson

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Laurie Halse Anderson is descended from many soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. While researching Forge, she walked barefoot in the snow, cooked over open fires, wrote by candlelight, split wood, and gained a new appreciation for the sacrifices made by our ancestors who were committed to the freedom of all people. She is a New York Times bestselling author of many novels and picture books. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Her books Speak and Chains were National Book Award Finalists. In 2009, Chains also received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the Young Adult Library Services Association. She lives in northern New York. Follow the author’s adventures on Twitter at
Published May 15, 2008 by Speak. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Anderson returns to weightier issues in the style of her most revered work, Speak (1999), and stretches her wings by offering up a male protagonist for the first time.

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Tyler is twisted and caught between his old and new self, his family is twisted and caught between the facade they put on to keep up with the Jones' and reality, and his school is twisted treating him as the perpetrator instead of the victim he truly is.

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Seen in that light, the story becomes funny, but something tells me I may have missed something crucial to the subversion of this story.

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Teen Reads

“If them sewer pipes back up again, we’ll get you out of class.” .

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Anderson's acclaimed young adult books include Fever 1793, Prom and Speak, which was a Best Book of the Year selection by School Library Journal and a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Common Sense Media

old and I read this book in two days I think this book is good for any one who love to read about drama and stress.

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Common Sense Media

it had some cursing in it , but it was a book that i acually like and other people should write more books like this one i love this book im reading it right now.

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Common Sense Media

After years of being an unnoticed dweeb, Tyler gets noticed in high school when he spray-paints graffiti on the school.

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Red Room

And it's a real gem to find a boy book that deals with boy emotions from a boy perspective BUT is written by a woman.

Mar 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Twisted

Tyler has more than earned the sympathy of the reader long before he is pushed beyond what anyone should have to deal with.

Mar 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Twisted

Youth Services Book Review

Tyler’s positive start to the school year quickly ends following a wild party in which pictures of a drunken, passed out Bethany appear on the internet and Tyler finds himself potentially facing felony charges of lewd behavior, forcible touching, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, voyeurism, a...

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Metal Rules

It was brought to the attention of the management today that Paul Ryan (nominee of the Republican Party for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election) has been using tour client Dee Snider’s composition “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his political campaign to become the Vice Preside...

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