After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
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I loved the main character Tyler Miller right from page one. He was charming, laugh out loud funny and oh so completely teenage boy!
Seventeen year old Tyler had been the kid picked on, beaten up, lunch money stolen, head stuffed in a toilet and mocked nearly his entire school
The problem is, Tyler still doesn't fit in with the rich, popular kids. He's still the same guy he always was, only now he's well muscled and sexy because of his dangerous look and reputation. Bethany's brother Chip hates Tyler and has been Tyler's biggest enemy for years. When Bethany shows an interest in Tyler, Chip is determined not to see them together and sets out to make Tyler's life more of a living hell than he has since middle school.
Tyler is having the best and worst time of his life for a while, then it all goes bad one night at a party when Bethany gets drunk and they have a fight. That night changes everything and Tyler finds himself once more under the watchful eye of the police and the hate filled eyes of his classmates. Tyler's bad boy reputation is landing him in serious trouble and if he doesn't clean up his act and get it together he might destroy his future.
The story not only revolves around Tyler and classmates, but also Tyler's dysfunctional family, Tyler's relationship with his father, Tyler's kid sister going to high school and beginning to date- dating Tyler's best friend! There is a lot going on, but it all works together to make for a fantastic, page turning YA book that I HIGHLY recommend.
The book comes with a huge stamped warning before the title page: "NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR CHILDREN". The book is full of a teen boy's body responses to girls and how he (like most boys) handles his sexual desires. Basically Tyler, like most guys his age is constantly battling his hormones and fantasies.
I gave this book a four star rating because it was very good. It had alot of detain and explained alot of stuff very well. Also because the author had a very high vocabulary.
As a high school teacher, and the mother of a teenage boy, I found the character of Tyler to be very realistic. Anderson has managed to capture the indecision and longing for acceptance that every teenager experiences at this age.
Anderson also manages to infuse the characters her novel with a sense of humor. Some parts of the book deal with sensitive subjects such as suicide, drinking, and sexual assault. Tyler’s subtly humorous observations make it easier to get past the ugly topics and concentrate on the lessons he is trying to teach us.
Readers will ache for Tyler as he tries to figure out what his path in life should be. No matter what he tries to do, it blows up in his face. The suspense continues to build until his final confrontation with his father. Tyler is on the cusp of becoming a man and readers will laugh, cry and cheer for him as he finds his way.
"Chillingly, 'Twisted' takes twenty-first century technology and smashes it into timeless issues of alienation and betrayal to illustrate how a young person's life can be mangled at breakneck speed. Reality may
Some ideas from the book that I think were the moral to the book: do positive and don't sign self over to the devil (be different even if it's hard, because it's important); Life is twisted and meaningless if you let it be that way; you may strike out 47 times before you actually hit the goal; You will get callouses from your trouble and hard work, but they are a defense mechanism and you have to take care of them. Also, the study in art on Renaissance applies to Tyler's "rebirth" and learning. Good read!
Readers around the world will enjoy Tyler's sense of humor, but also see that there are people struggling, struggling to be seen and heard, and suppressing that will be like blowing too much air into a balloon - it will eventually pop. Four stars.
When we first meet Tyler Miller, he is dreading the first day of his senior year. Tyler has spent the summer working a
Tyler's home life, however, is uncomfortable at best. His mother drinks excessively to avoid his father's harsh rule over the household. Tyler's dad has no time for Tyler and has basically written off his son because of The Foul Deed. Tyler's father is controlling, abusive, and a workaholic.
When Tyler is accused of a crime at a party he wasn't supposed to attend, the protagonist's situation darkens further. Tyler falls into a depression must fight the accusations as well as his father's anger and determination to send him to military camp.
This book felt incredibly real. Anderson did a wonderful job of developing the characters, especially Tyler and his father. I highly recommend Twisted to the 9-12 crowd.