Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

Twisted Fate, Norah Olson, Book JOurney

The Tate sisters could not be more different.  Allyson is all about fashion and appearance and Sydney likes punk rock music, skate boarding and hanging out with her friends.

When a new mysterious boy moves in next door, both girls take notice.  Graham is cute and quiet and takes his camera wherever he goes, always documenting people and life.  Allyson is instantly intrigued but Sydney feels something is off about Graham and worries about her sister.  Graham in turn, takes interest in both girls.

When the unthinkable happens, it is Graham and his camera who may be able to save the day, but at what cost to everyone involved?




This book had great potential.  The synopsis was good, however the first part was a lot about Sydney and her pot smoking friends which I did not find to fit into the main story line at all.  About mid way through the book the narration changes to the adults and it started to get interesting and that lasted through the end of the book which then felt hurried and not satisfactory.


Ok, to explain what I just wrote, Twisted Fate is told from multiple narratives.  Both Ally and Sydney narrate, as well as Graham, and his parents.  There is a lot going on in the book and I think that might just by the problem.  The book lays out in too many directions and nothing felt finished to me.  Where it starts out with Sydney and the pot smoking (which nothing ever comes of this although she is supposedly wicked smart and going to be class valedictorian) and suddenly shoots to Graham and the story changes to something else.  It felt choppy.

I think the makings of a good read was there, it just did not execute right.  Oh, and on another note.. the overuse of any descriptions or words in a book always gets me going.  In this book, “skinny jeans” were mentioned often and on the audio I started repeating it every time they talked about it I would say out loud “Skinny jeans!.”  It could have been a drinking game. 😉

I don’t mean for this to be a harsh review.  Clearly it wasn’t a great read for me, yet as I did mention, the Graham story line is very interesting. Perhaps if the story could have focused a little more on that and flushed it out, it had real potential.

Narrated by Emma Galvin (Narrator), Tara Sands (Narrator), Michael Crouch (Narrator), Rachel F. Hirsch (Narrator), Dan Bittner (Narrator), Peter Ganim (Narrator), Tavia Gilbert (Narrator), Ellen Archer (Narrator), Jason Culp (Narrator) .  It was a great cast of narrators, surprisingly many for a fairly short audiobook.



  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 20, 2015)
  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 43 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Harper Audio
  • Release Date: January 20, 2015



12 thoughts on “Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

  1. When I first started reading your thoughts this sounded really good but as soon as too many people or story lines are introduced I get discouraged. I don’t mind a few things going on but I prefer my books to be really focused on something that links it all together. I hope your next listen is much better – oh the skinny jeans on audio would get to me too. Lol.

  2. I really liked the book but, at the end when it had the paper of allysons funeral, it said allyson sydney tate and said ahe her self liked things that her sister liked like skateboarding. And punk rock music and her best friends were becky and declan which was not true, were they the same person? Or did the author make a mistake?

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