Friday, June 5, 2009

Twisted By Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Twisted
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Number of pages: 250
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summery: High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background—average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. 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 the school, in his family, and in the world.

Review: Laurie Halse Anderson did a magnificent job in the character development of Tyler Miller. This was the first thought that came to mind after reading this book. He seemed so real to me. His witty sarcasm, moody attitude, and blunt honesty had me unable to put the book down.

My only problem with the book was the story line. It seemed to lag in some parts. Certain chapters in it did nothing to move along the story line. As if they were there to simply make the book longer. Not that this is such a horribly thing. I love reading from Tyler’s perspective. But if it were from anyone else’s point of view, those extra chapters would have bothered me.

The thing I really liked about this book was that it made me laugh, cringe, and cry. Tyler was such an honest character, and at times, it would catch me off guard and I would laugh out loud. But towards the end, the topic of suicide comes up. Being inside the head of someone who’s thinking of killing himself is definitely emotional. The thoughts that run through his mind had me easily in tears. And the situations he finds himself in are so uncomfortable that you can’t help it but cringe. A book that can make you feel something strong enough to cry, laugh, or cringe is a good book in my opinion.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to look inside a teenaged boy’s mind. It’s an interesting place to be.


pirate penguin said...

Again I agree! Tyler was a cool character. I just wish that the book was longer... I would've liked to see more of his relationship with his father (although what the book showed us was pretty intense). Did you read Speak? Or Wintergirls?

Brianne said...

I read Speak, but not yet Wintergirls. It's on my list, though. :-)

Erotic Horizon said...

I am loving the cover of the book..

And the review was well thought out - i am intrigued enough to get this book..

Sound angstys ...


Brianne said...

I'm glad I was able to write a review that helped to decide whether or not you read this book. It's one of the reasons why I write them..

pirate penguin said...

I thought Speak was good. Very powerful. Did you ever see the movie version?