Laurie Halse Anderson

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Have you ever pulled a prank? Well, Tyler Miller pulled a prank that landed him in big trouble --probation and court-ordered community service. In his case, spending the summer working with a landscaping company and with the school janitors to clean up the mess. The good news is that he turned from a 90lb. weakling into a 6'3", 250lb. "hottie" by the start of senior year. So, hot in fact that Bethany Milbury, his secret crush, finally notices him. But can he handle her, her bullying twin brother, the principal, probation officer, and his uptight dad without getting "Twisted"?

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

1. What did you think of the prank that Tyler pulled? Have you ever pulled a prank? How did people respond?
2. Tyler grew a lot over the summer. Has that happened to you or someone you know? How did it feel?
3. Most of the drama takes place at school. Did the book accurately portray life at school? How about family life?
4. Were all the characters necesssary? What part did they play in the drama?
5. If you were going to play a part in the movie version, Which character would you play and why?
6. Tyler had some pretty good lines. Did you have a favorite scene or line and why?
7. One of the struggles between Tyler and his parents was AP coursework. Is this common?
8. Tyler has some pretty serious fantasies about hurting himself. Was this realistic?
9. Overall, how realistic was this book? Which issues were most authentic to high school life?
10. This was the first time Anderson wrote a male protagonist. Did Tyler seem real? Did she get his voice right?
11. Have you read other books by Laurie Halse Anderson? How did this one compare?

If you liked this book, try

  • Prom also by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

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