Celebrating 4 years of blogging. From the early archives, here’s a quick review of Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, a recommended summer read for rising 9th graders. Anderson is a well-known children’s and young adult author and has written many notable books, including Speak, a New York Times Bestseller and Fever 1797, a historical novel about the outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia.
This book is a little bit like a modern Catcher in the Rye and I liked it for that reason. Twisted was on our school district’s summer reading list for rising ninth graders a couple years ago. There is some mature language and content, but I think it is realistic. I think kids want to read something contemporary that has an edge to it and Anderson understands how to incorporate this element into quality writing.
In Twisted, Tyler returns to his senior year of high school, after being punished during the summer for vandalizing the school. He struggles with a poor self-image and how others, most importantly his father, perceive him. Tyler navigates through adolescence and important relationships and, like many coming-of-age stories, learns the true meaning of family and friendship.
Final scenes with his family are raw and emotional and show Anderson…
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