Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Pub Date: May 15, 2008
Author Website/Blog: http://halseanderson.livejournal.com/
Synopsis: 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.
A lot of people told me Twisted was disturbing. In all honesty I found it pretty mild. I mean if you were to compare it to a book such as Meg Tilly's Gemma then yes its extremely mild. People found it disturbing do to things like suicide. I dont see why. In todays society, its sad but true that suicide rings constantly. I find it refreshing that someone is telling the truth about suicide for once. Normally when books deal with a subject like suicide they dont tell us WHY! Most of them are told from the point of view of a friend who lost the person who killed themselves. And then there are a series of events like a letter explaining why, and trying to get their friend to move on with their life and etc. Im sorry but in my experiences with suicide its never like that. Sometimes if its not witnessed its treated like murder. There is hardly a letter. Twisted gave us a look into the truth of the world of suicide. It shows us why and how someone can be set off to the point of trying to kill themselves.
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