Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
One decision can change your life. No one knows this better than Tyler. Because of one decision to vandalize his high school he’s been looked at in a whole new way. At home, to his father he’s still the screw up who needs a hair cut, but at school his peers no longer loot at him as the nerd they can either ignore or beat up. No now, they look as him as if he’s dangerous, in an “I’ve been arrested” sort of way. Attention like this isn’t always flattering or wanted, except when said attention is coming from the school’s hottest girl – Bethany Milbury.She’s not only beautiful and popular, but she’s also the sister of his biggest enemy Chip. Tyler has no chance with the girl of his dreams, the girl he fantasizes about all too often, but after a summer of hard labor he’s put on a few muscles and caught her eye.
But Bethany and Tyler are on opposite sides of the social spectrum, and her brother Chip (Tyler’s biggest enemy) will do everything to stop what he sees happening. But Chip’s dislike for Tyler does not stop his sister with sitting at Tyler’s lunch table, touching him 2.4 times in one day, or flirting with her. So when she asks him to one of the school’s biggest sporting events on/around Halloween Tyler doesn’t hesitate to accept the invitation – even if it means showing up at a party where he isn’t wanted nor welcomed.
Because Bethany’s Bethany, and Tyler’s Tyler he goes against his probation regulations and against his better judgement. Tyler shows up though and finds a very drunk Bethany, and he knows nothing good is going to come from this night – and his instincts were proven true when the following day pictures of a naked Bethany show up on the internet. What happened to Bethany? Was she raped? And more importantly, is Tyler going to be held responsible due to his new, dangerous reputation?