Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 20, 2015
Genres: Mystery, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.
As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney's mind, Graham's odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.
And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.
Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Twisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense.
~ It’s been almost a week since I read Twisted Fate and I still don’t know how I feel about it. At first I thought it was going to be a dnf. I figured out the twists early on, and I was annoyed with how much telling the book did versus showing (Sydney is the smart one, because we say she is, Allyson is the sweet one, because we say she is). But I was intrigued with the idea behind the book, and surprised by how dark it got, so I kept going.
~ Which turned out to be a good thing, because even though I’m still not sure if I liked it, the story is definitely one that’s going to stay with me. I kind of flipped between 3 and 2 stars on Goodreads, so here I split the difference.
~ There is some disturbing shiz going on in this book. Much more than summary hints at. Now, I happen to like disturbing shiz, and I love psychological thrillers in a way that most people love their children. Or so I imagine, since I don’t have kids because honestly I’d probably read Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King to them. But, the stuff here, which includes sociopathic behavior, pedophiles and murder… it’s just a lot darker than the summary prepared me for. Which for me was fine, but I won’t be sharing this title with my nieces anytime soon. Maybe when they hit college. Maybe.
~ The thing that bothered me about the twist wasn’t that it’s obvious to the reader from almost the start, although I do feel like it could have been handled in a way that would have hidden it longer, it was the fact that the only character who figures out the twist in the book is a sociopath. I just have a hard time believing that all the adults and friends of the main characters didn’t notice since it was SO OBVIOUS. I can put up with absent, abusive or neglectful parents, but I can’t put up with all the adults being stupid. Maybe if the twist wasn’t so obvious, if it had been more subtle… then maybe I could have bought it, but it was something that kept this book from being a great read.
~ I did like the style that the book was written in. Each chapter was from a different character’s pov, but also included things like diary entries or emails. I am a huge fan of epistolary structure and this is the type of story that benefits from it, although again, I feel like there was a missed opportunity to edit the book to keep the twists hidden longer.
~ While I was reading the book, the darker subjects that were raised, made me feel like it was going to take a turn and go all Natural Born Killers on me. And even though I love horror, I couldn’t stand to finish that film. Twisted Fate doesn’t go that far, but it does read a bit like a depressing episode of Law & Order: SVU. Just without the awesome Benson and Stabler.
~There was a slight twist of the paranormal at the end, and I was kind of wtf about it, but it’s kind of like the end of the movie Bad Seed (not the book though, the book has a decidedly more disturbing end to it), which I guess was a relief.
Sydney- skater girl, but super smart and bookish.
Allyson- older sister to Sydney, quiet, good and not as super smart and bookish. Bicycle kind of girl.
Graham Copeland- the boy next door. I would have included his middle name if I’d known it, because that’s usually how people like him are identified.
Declan- Sort of boyfriend of Sydney, also allegedly bright, not into labels or judging. So chill that at times I wonder if he had a heartbeat. But of all the characters, I wish there would have been more of him in the book.
Becky- third wheel to the Declan and Sydney-mobile.
Allyson’s Friends- just joking, she doesn’t have any, although she works for Ginny Potter of the Pine Grove Inn. But Ginny’s not important.
Kim- Graham’s uber cool and totally clueless step mom.
Eric- Graham’s best friend from Virginia. They aren’t friends anymore.
Dr. Adams- the email indicates that Dr. Adams is Graham’s psychologist, but I’m pretty sure he should be a psychiatrist since he prescribes meds, right?
Amanda Richards- in the grand tradition of teen movies and tv shows, she is the world’s worst guidance counselor.
The chilling moment when I realized what Graham was doing with all his film footage and who was buying it.
Also, one of the few bright spots in the book- Becky’s visit with Brian. It was literally heartwarming and a much needed respite from a book that was so often bleak and twisted (I know, Twisted is in the damn title, I should have paid more attention.).
Stop the Clock:
Should you read this book? I don’t know, I’m not sure I know you well enough to answer that one. It’s definitely not your average YA book, and if you like things dark and twisty, then this might be an interesting read for you. I don’t think it’s possible to love this book. Well, unless you wrote it or are related to the person who wrote it, because then it’s more of your book baby and it makes total sense to love it. Twisted Fate touches on some issues seldom seen in YA, but it never really goes deep into the matter. It’s like the reader is driving by the scene of an accident. You learn a little just from the wreckage, how many cars were involved, the extant of the damage, but you’re not quite sure how all the drivers ended up where they did. It seems like someone could have avoided the accident altogether if they’d just stopped for snacks or a pee break. I don’t know, it’s just a weird book. My brain is now a little weirder for having read it. Make of that what you will.
Twisted Fate gets a Midnight Book rating of: