Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 18, 2008

Twisted

Filed under: Look What I'm Reading for Book Club! — katefrazer @ 8:48 pm

I read another of Laurie Halse Anderson’s book for bookclub this week: Twisted.  I was impressed with her ability to write an edgy and (at least from my perspective) believable male narrator.  The book deals with relevant issues, even inappropriate use of content on the internet, which is so much a part of kids’ lives today, and definitely something they can relate to.

As I said, Tyler, the main character, was great.  I think this novel could draw and audience from both boys and girls and each could find some part of the novel that they can connect with.  As with the other books I’ve read by Anderson, she doesn’t back away from real issues that kids are facing all the time which makes Twisted worth reading and talking about!

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  1. Kate,
    I read this for book club a few weeks ago! I’m so glad you chose it too! Do you want to be in book club with me during class so that we can talk about it?
    What do you think of the father? Is he believeable? I think Anderson does a great job of showing how destructive a non PHYSICALLY abusive father can be. One scene that particularly hit home for me was when the father came home from work and made the family all sit down for dinner. He made the mom make a home-cooked meal, when she had nothing planned. He made the kids stay home when they had plans. This all seems incredibly sick, but mostly twisted. It’s strange that he wants the perfect family and his attempts to make them perfect only drives them apart and makes them miserable.
    What do you think about Tyler and his father coming together at the end? Do you buy it?

    Allison

    Comment by allison — February 19, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  2. Allison,
    I would love to be in book club with you to discuss Twisted! The father definitely deserves some converstation. Sadly, I did pretty much see him as a realistic guy. I don’t know about the ending…I’m really hoping that it’s a good start for them, but I don’t know…maybe I’m being too optomistic!
    Kate

    Comment by katefrazer — February 19, 2008 @ 3:15 pm


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