Thursday, August 09, 2007

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

You know, it's strange that after being the teen librarian for nearly 4 years, there are still books that are requested and read over and over again by teens that I have not read myself. One of those is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is about a girl who calls the police on the other kids at a summer party thus beginning the school year as an outcast. What no one knows is that on that night she was raped and now she can barely speak to anyone.

Well, the main character in Anderson's newest novel is Tyler Miller, who decided to make his mark on his high school by spray painting graffiti on it. But, of course, he got caught and had to do community service and check in with a parole officer. As if things couldn't get worse, he is forced to attend a party at the home of his father's boss and while there, a boy who constantly picks on him, hits him on the back so hard that he knocks over a full tray of glasses, making a huge mess and injuring the jerk's beautiful sister, Bethany, whom Tyler yearns for.

Later in the story Tyler is at a party with Bethany who gets drunk and he does the right thing by not taking advantage of her. Unfortunately, someone else at the party does by taking pix of her naked and making everyone think Tyler did it!

The story could happen to anyone and it is cautionary tale for people to make better choices before their choices are made for them.