Name: Eric Zells
Book Title: Twisted
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Tyler is the narrator of Twisted. He considers himself an unpopular kid entering his senior year of high school who is constantly struggling with suicidal thoughts. He has always been a small guy who is teased mercilessly and hence he tries to stay under the radar. However, he decides to make a name for himself and uses graffiti to do so. However, he is caught for this behavior and put on probation. He has to do community service. This leads to him beefing up and taking on a whole new body look. This leads to Tyler gaining the attention of Bethany, the most popular girl of the high school. Tyler is in love with with ...view middle of the document...
Tyler continues to contemplate suicide as his life tumbles out of control.
Finally, he decides to run away on his 18th birthday. However, he gets his father's gun and actually puts it in his mouth, but decides not to go through with it. He calls his friend Yoda and they go to a batting cage for Tyler to work out some energy and then Tyler throws the gun and bullets in the river. He decides to take control of his life, re-does his school schedule, sees his probation officer and heads home. The police show up and confirm his innocence which is pleasing to his mom and sister. However, the happiness doesn't last long, as his father shows up.
His father has lost his job and blames Tyler. There is a blow-up at the house, but Tyler stands his ground with his father. He then spends the evening at his friend, Yoda's house. In the morning, when he goes home, his father is sitting on the porch outside the house. They speak a bit and make some progress. They have breakfast together and hug. His father says that he will try to do better. Tyler sees progress happening in his life and wants to make wise choices moving forward.
Tyler Miller is the main character and narrator of Twisted. He considers himself an unpopular kid entering his senior year of high school who is constantly struggling with suicidal thoughts. He has always been a small guy who is teased harshly and he tries to stay under the radar. He finishes up his community service requirement by spreading tar on the roof of the high school. He committed the "Foul Deed," which included spray painting graffiti on the high school with insults toward the principal, Mr. Hughes.
Bethany Milbury, who is the most popular girl in school, is seen by Tyler at the car wash in the parking lot and he daydreams about her. Tyler's mother and father then arrive to pick him up. Tyler's father is a "Corporate Tool" and is very unhappy that his son got into trouble. His mother is a sweet woman, but a bit of a drunk. Bethany comes over to say hello and speak to his mother, but Tyler is speechless, staring at the goddess that he believes Bethany to be.
The family including Tyler and his parents, along with his sister, Hannah, are driving to the Milburys' house. Mr. Milbury is Tyler's father's boss and they are there for an end of summer get together. Tyler's father emphasizes that Tyler should be an asset and not a liability at the party. Conflict starting to rise between Tyler's parents, as they are underdressed, thought it was potluck and not actually personally invited. They hide the pasta salad in a bush as Mrs. Milbury approaches and welcomes them to the party.
The introductions take place at the party, as Tyler's father, Mr. Miller, wants to speak business with Mr. Milbury, but this is neither the time nor place for it. Chip, Mr. Milbury's son and Bethany's twin brother, joins the group and soon an arm wrestling competition is on between Chip and Tyler. Chip has long been a bully to Tyler, but with his new...