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Once upon a time there was an eighteen-year-old girl who dragged her butt out of bed and hauled it all the way to school on a sunny day in May.

2.

That was me.

3.

Normal kids (like me) thought high school was cool for the first three days in ninth grade. Then it became a big yawn, the kind of yawn that showed the fillings in your teeth and the white stuff on your tongue you didn’t scrape off with your toothbrush.

Sometimes I wondered why I bothered. Normal kids (me again), we weren’t going to college, no matter what anybody said. I could read and write and add and do nails and fix hair and cook a chicken. I could defend myself and knew which streets were cool at night and which neighborhoods a white girl like me should never, ever wander in.

So why keep showing up for class?

Blame my fifth-grade teacher.

Ms. Valencia knew she was teaching a group of normal kids. She knew our parents and our neighborhood. Couple times a week she’d go off on how we absolutely, positively had to graduate from high school, diploma and all (like the GED didn’t count, which was cold), or else we were going straight to hell, with a short detour by Atlantic City to lose all our money in the slot machines. She made an impression, know what I mean?

Every kid who was in that fifth-grade class with me was graduating, except for the three who were in jail, the two who kept having babies, the one who ran away, and the two crack whores.

The rest of us, we were getting by.

I was getting by.

4.

It had been a decent morning, for a Tuesday. No meltdowns at home. The perverts outside the shelter left me alone, and the Rottweiler on Seventh was chained up. A bus splashed through the puddle at the corner of Bonventura and Elk, but only my sneakers got soaked. It could have been worse. At least the sun was shining and some of my homework was done.

So I got to admit, I was in a half-decent mood that morning, dragging myself and my butt to school.

I had no clue what was coming

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Kricia, June 6, 2009 (view all comments by Kricia)
Ignored and loser Tyler Miller does community service by doing Graffiti on the schol and he has a crush on his dad's boss's daughter... Read It To Find Out...

Everybody told him to be a man. Nobody Told Him How.
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Jena, May 27, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
More readable than Catalyst (which took a little bit of patience) but not as good as Speak, I would still recommend Twisted to any teen looking for an intense and involved reading experience. Books that are (kind of) in the same vein? Sharon Draper's Tears of a Tiger and Paul Fleischman's Whirligig.
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Sharon Skinner, May 26, 2008 (view all comments by Sharon Skinner)
Everything I read by Laurie Halse Anderson ends up being measured against Speak, which is an excellent book. Unfortunately, in my opinion, Twisted doesn't quite measure up. I found it difficult at times to relate to and care about the protagonist, and I didn't quite believe his epiphany. However, I do think that Halse Anderson did capture a lot of the essence of teenage boy in this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142411841
Author:
Anderson, Laurie
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Author:
Asher, Jay
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.12x5.59x.73 in. .59 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by ,

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.

“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.

I am that girl.

I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.

I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

"Synopsis" by ,

Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning, highly acclaimed, and controversial novel about a teenager who chooses not to speak rather than to give voice to what really happened to her marks ten years in print with this special anniversary edition. Bonus material created for this edition includes a new introduction and afterword from the author, resources, and discussion guide. Will also include a preview of Anderson’s newest book, Wintergirls. The quintessential edition for all fans of this powerfully moving book.

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