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Publisher's Summary

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 ever since he got busted for spraying 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' 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.

In Twisted, the acclaimed Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a very controversial subject: what it means to be a man today. Fans and new readers alike will be captured by Tyler's pitch perfect, funny voice, the surprising narrative arc, and the thoughtful moral dilemmas that are at the heart of all of the author's award-winning work.

©2007 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"What works well here is the frank, on-target humor ('I was a zit on the butt of the student body'), the taut pacing, and the small moments, recounted in Tyler's first-person voice, that illuminate his emotional anguish. Writing for the first time from a male perspective, Anderson skillfully explores identity and power struggles that all young people will recognize." (Booklist)

 "[A] chillingly accurate portrayal of the high-school social scene, in which morals, perceptions and conceptions of truth are continually...challenged." (Publishers Weekly)

"Anderson...stretches her wings by offering...a male protagonist... one of the most poignant and gripping scenes in young-adult literature." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)  

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best book ever

warning that there are alot of cuss words... but it is a wonderful book enjoy!

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really good

I really liked this story. The narrator did a really great job at bringing this story to life.

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Corny but great

I read this book years ago for the first time and just listened to it today for the first time in years. I forgot how corny it is at the beginning, but it is a great book.

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Great story

Love the entire story line. The book highlighted key events in a young man’s life that may parallel experiences of other young teens. The story presented so many details the allowed to author play on the readers emotions. The progression of a character from boy to man was inspirational. Many life lessons can be drawn from reading a book like this. Wonderful!

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Hack yeah

this book is awsome you relly need to read this book right now and I mean now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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maybe good for young adults

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'd rather have not listened to this one. I bought on a recommendation from my daughter. I had high hopes cause it started out well, but went downhill to the finish. Maybe I'm just too old (40, Male) to relate.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure what's next. but I'm really looking forward to books like "A Memory of Light" and other sequels from my preferred genres of fantasy and science fiction from "The Grimnoir Chronicles", "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and "The Name of the Wind", etc.

Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first I have heard Mike Chamberlain. I thought he was great, it was the story that didn't turn me on. I would definitely give him another chance as a narrator

Was Twisted worth the listening time?

Personally, no. The only advantage to listening to this was to warn my daughter that it wasn't worth finishing.

Any additional comments?

This might be a good book from the perspective of a younger reader, but to me it didn't hold a candle to other young adult classics like "Catcher in the Rye" or "The Outsiders"