Twisted by N.L. Greene
Growing up isn’t always easy. But for most teenage girls, they can rely on their best friend to help them get through the process. A BFF is something that is truly treasured and completely irreplaceable. You share all of your secrets, and are loyal and honest with each other, even when you’re acting just a little bit crazy. You have each other’s backs no matter what and you form a bond that is virtually unbreakable.
At least that’s what normal teenage girls experience.
Nat and Mel have been bestie’s since childhood and Nat has followed her blindly ever since. But as Nat’s friendship with Mel begins to lead her down the wrong path, she starts to question the sincerity of their relationship. Nat starts to see Mel’s manipulative, deceitful ways become more focused on her. Will Natalie hold on tight to the friendship she’s had her entire life, no matter what it cost her? Or will she let her heart lead her to a relationship that’s not so twisted.
Twisted is the story of a very abusive friendship. Mel is very abusive towards Nat and Nat just doesn't see it. She slowly gets worse and worse, and the synopsis makes it seem like she might realize this slowly, but that is not true. It was understandable how Nat would believe Mel all the time. They had been friends for a long time and Nat trusted her completely. Mel was really good at turning Nat into whatever she wanted her to be.
Nat is the girl with low self esteem who follows the mean girl all through school. I started to get annoyed by Nat's other so called friends, especially Ash. Mel looked up to Ash, didn't want to seem stupid in front of her. Why did Ash not try to step in sooner? Slowly work on Nat so she was more confident? Do anything? Like why did Ash not say something about Mel making up the fact that both of Nat's boyfriends kissed her? I mean it is obvious Mel did it, so why did Ash not say anything? Why just go along with everything Mel does, when you claim to really care about Nat? That is not cool. I mean she could have helped Nat out, even in just little way. I guess she started to say small things, but really why wait so long? It was years of hanging out and stuff...I don't know.
And Noah...why did he never say anything? Sure Nat might not listen, but maybe if he said it was Mel and her other boyfriend said it was Mel...well at least then the seed could be planted. It was just...I didn't get why no one actually tried to help her. They just tried to get Mel to back off, but really they needed to be there for Nat more.
Then in the end once Nat realizes what Mel has been doing, again no one is there for her. They just let her retreat into herself for a bit. Why? I thought they were her friends and loved her? They just let her spiral out of control down into nothingness? Okay. Great friends they are. I know it is hard to help someone in an abusive relationship, but I would at least try. Especially if I cared so much about them....at least talk to them and hang out without the abuser as much as I could and insert little bits to help. Really the first 80% or so I was going with it, then I just got annoyed by her friends. Overall a sad story, but kind of frustrating at the end.