TWISTED, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Interest Level: Upper Grades
Audiobook Available in HS Library
Senior year is just starting and Tyler Miller thinks that this year might just be different. He's always been a socially inept loser, but this year he's coming off of a summer spent working off his sentence for vandalizing the school with graffiti. He's got newly formed muscles, and a reputation that puts him on the "dangerous" side, rather than the invisible side he's always inhabited. The hottest girl in school (also the sister of the biggest bully and the daughter of his dad's boss) is after him and he's being invited to parties--things are going great until everything gets twisted. He is blamed for things he didn't do, there's pressure from home to do well in school--which is next to impossible because of his all-AP course load--his mom's an alcoholic, his dad's an overbearing jerk, and he's trying to do the right thing--but it's getting more and more difficult. As his personal life unravels, Tyler reaches the point where he thinks there's only one way out. I don't want to give away the ending, but I did love this book--which should come as no surprise when you consider the author.