Sunday, October 21, 2007

Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tyler is an outcast because he sprayed the school with grafitti, and he lusts after perky Bethany. Yeah, really.

Great cover. I think it will move based on the strong cover, and Anderson's reputation as a writer, but this book left me pretty high and dry.

Tyler's social exclusion because of the Deed seemed overdrawn, Yoda was a cliche character, as was Bethany, as was Chip, etc etc. I mean, really, is it too much of a stretch to come up with a name besides Chip for That Guy? Bethany- how many teen books/movies have That Perfect Unattainable Girl That The Unpopular Guy Really Loves and Understands? And so she gets drunk and slutty- oh, well, if you want to read it, you'll find out, so I won't go on and on, but seriously, it was a let down of a book and the ending was so sudden and startlingly wholesome- like, immediately after he turns 18, Tyler's whole life changes? Really implausible plot, cardboard characters, weak Teen Issue Drama, it was really A Very Special After School Movie.

Quality: 5 Popularity: 7 Overall: 12

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