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August 17, 2007

Book review: 'Twisted' is a satisfying read for teens


By Laurie Halse Anderson

Tyler’s senior year at George Washington High School promises to start out interesting. He’s spent the summer working with the school’s custodial staff and a local lawn man to make up for the “Foul Deed.”

The Foul Deed, a prank involving spray paint and misspelled words on the high school’s exterior walls, has landed Tyler some bit if notoriety — getting arrested and getting a parole officer is bound to do that. He went from being invisible to being noticed by everyone. Including the girl of his dreams, Bethany, who happens to be the richest and most popular girl in school. It helps that all of his manual labor over the summer has made him into somewhat of a hunk.

Unfortunately for Tyler, once you’re labeled a “bad boy,” people tend to think the worst of you. When Tyler attends a party with Bethany and the next day scandalous nude pictures of her are posted online, everyone blames Tyler, including Tyler’s father. Now he must be man enough to confront his problems instead of running away and his uninvolved father in the process.

This first-person narrative is well paced with excellent character development. Tyler is fully human and the peripheral characters are well developed and add humor to his anger and angst. The situations in which he finds himself are believable and the ending is satisfying to readers even if it is a bit quick and neat.

This book is appropriate for older teens.

“Walking on Glass”

By Alma Fullerton

“Walking on Glass” is the journal of poetry written by an unnamed male narrator. The narrator’s mother attempted to commit suicide and is now in a coma with no hope of recovery. The journal is a tool used in the therapy sessions the narrator is undergoing as a result.

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