Twisted is a coming of age story about a boy of nearly eighteen who is facing many challenges in his life. He is no angel, but he is not the bad boy everyone seems to believe he is. His home life is troubled, and his future is uncertain. When he is falsely accused of a crime that could very well send him to prison, he loses hope and seriously contemplates suicide. However, his will to overcome and survive prove strong enough for him to decide to face his problems head-on, and be the man he wants to be. Tyler is a character who is believable and sympathetic. Many teenagers will see a piece of themselves in him and his struggle. This book does deal with mature issues, including sexuality, alcoholism, and suicide. It also contains some language. However, it is a powerful read with a strong message about what it really means to become a man.
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