TWISTED LAurie Halse Anderson
Tackk: nicole wajler
I found an "Aha Moment" while I was reading Twisted. While Tyler Miller was attending Mr. Millbury's party with his family, Tyler got to know Chip Millbury a little better. I mean, Tyler already thinks Chip is a jerk, and Chip thinks Tyler is a nerdy weak boy. Tyler got community service all summer for spray painting the side of the school, he misspelled things, but he had to work for a landscaping company. Tyler wanted to be known instead of being a poor, weak, quiet, nerdy kid. He changed from the beginning of summer to the end of summer. The girl of his dreams noticed him and Chip wasn't happy. During the party Chip challenged Tyler to an arm wrestling match, Tyler let him win to save his father's job. Since Mr. Millbury is Tyler's dad's boss. Then Chip "hit" (more like pushed) Tyler into waiters carrying champagne glasses, the glasses fell and broke. Bethany got glass in her foot and Tyler got glass in his arm. Chip was trying to hurt Tyler. We can learn from this that Chip is going to be a bad guy.
Again and Again
While I was reading I found an "again and again" moment, also part of a flashback. Tyler Miller was wondering about life at his house. He was depressed after the girl of his dreams left him, he was being bullied at school, and was being questioned by the cops almost every day about what happened at Josh Rawson's house party. Tyler found his father's gun and ammo. He picked it up, loaded it, put it in his mouth and was going to pull the trigger. Then he saw himself in the mirror in his dad's room. He didn't fit in the mirror and he wanted to watch himself die. He gave up and he put the gun down and went into the bathroom to think about his life. He was saying how when he was in about 7th grade he was bullied and it kept going through his senior year. His dad was mean to him and Hannah (his little sister). He eventually took the gun and bullets and went to his friend's house to ask him to drive him to the river. When he got there he took the gun and bullets and threw them in the river.
Words of the Wiser
While I was reading I found a "words of the wiser" moment that leads to a "tough question" later in the book. The "words of the wiser" was Tyler telling his parents about his suicide attempt a few days earlier. Tyler's father wouldn't listen so he got a bat and smashed his father's vintage train set his father was working on. That got his attention very quickly. His his mother and sister came down in the basement (his father's office). He told his sister to get a garbage can from the garage, just so she didn't have to hear what he had to say. He told his parents and they were both crying (mainly the mom). His dad promised to be a better father and not be so harsh and mean to Tyler, Hannah, and his wife. Later on in the week Tyler says something about moving away and living on his own (this is the "tough question). His family doesn't want him to go. His father talks to him about it. Tyler has his heart torn in two ways, leaving his family and living his own life or staying home with them longer. Which one should he choose? I think he may stay home for a little while longer.