Friday, March 25, 2011

Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

This is not a Newbery title, but...well, I don't like to go too long without posting, lol. Just haven't had that much free time this week, so this is the only book I've read this week!
"Twitch, Jerk, Freak...Sam Carrier has been called them all. Because of his Tourette Syndrome, Sam is in near constant motion with tics and twitches and verbal outbursts. So, of course, high school is nothing but torment. Forget friends, forget even hoping that beautiful, perfect Naomi will look his way. And home isn't much better with his domineering stepfather reminding him that the only person who was more useless than Sam was his dead father, James. But then an unexpected turn of events unearths the truth about his father. And suddenly Sam doesn't know who he is , or even where he'll go next. What he does know is that the only girl in the world who can make him happy and nervous at the same time is everywhere he turns...and he'd give anything to just be still."
This book started off kinda slow. I even considered stopping and going on to something else. But after about page 100 or so, it got much more exciting. It's basically a story of self - discovery. Something interesting is that the author has Tourette's and so part of himself is written into the character of Sam.

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