READ THISTwisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Twisted is written from the viewpoint of a teen who was a forgettable outcast in his earlier years. But ever since Tyler Miller committed what has come to be known as The Foul Deed, he is noticed a lot more—especially since he’s become strong and tall. But his family life remains its uncomfortable self: Tyler’s father is an angry workaholic, his mother a submissive, passive woman.
Tyler is in love with Bethany Milbury—a girl too popular to ever talk to Tyler—and he is willing to do whatever he can to get her to feel the same, even if it means angering his father. Ultimately, Tyler’s morals are tested. He must choose wisely, though, because he knows all too well that actions have consequences.
Anderson’s writing is surprising, makes an impact, and all too believable. Once again, Anderson has created a world with conflicts that resonate with teens.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
It’s Kind of a Funny Story a 2010 film based on the book of the same name, is about a teen facing a different kind of adversity. Craig Gilner checked himself into the hospital after nearly attempting suicide. The pressures of his parents and elite high school, combined with his personal failures, were causing anxiety. Craig decides to stay in the hospital’s psychiatric wing for a week. He befriends Bobby, an adult also in the wing, and Noelle, another teen. Craig faces a true identity crisis as he weighs what in his life should take importance.
While Tyler and Craig are different in some ways, they are united by the fact that they wonder about the morals of their worlds and what they should hold true