Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: YA fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source:Audibook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Mike Chamberlain
First line: I spent the last Friday of summer vacation spreading hot, sticky tar across the roof of George Washington High.
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the audiobooks I chose to fill in the time until Drums of Autumn comes from the library and I can get the missing and elusive disc 26. Twisted is the story of 17-year-old Tyler Miller, former geek. He enters his senior year of high school with a measure of popularity, partially because of a prank he pulled at the end of junior year that had him performing community service all summer, and partially because of the new ripped and toned physique he is sporting thanks to all the physical labor. When Tyler attracts the attention of Bethany Milbury, his perpetual crush, thinks start looking up – until everything goes very, very wrong.
Laurie Halse Anderson deftly puts herself into the mind of a 17-year-old boy, with all its hormones, lust, and angst. In fact, I had to keep reminding myself that the author was a woman, because listening to this book felt like peeking into a high school boy’s private diary.
The plot summary makes it seem like a bit of YA fluff, but Anderson easily tackles issues like bullying, teen-age drinking, thoughts of suicide, dysfunctional families, and all of the ups and downs that are a senior year in high school. Teen boys will be able to relate to Tyler. Girls can benefit from knowing a bit about the inner workings of the male mind – especially when it comes to choosing how modestly, or not, they will dress and behave.
This was a quick, enjoyable listen, and I look forward to more of Ms. Anderson’s work.