CHARACTERS ☆ Jerk California

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Jerk CaliforniaMe for modern teens Wrought with tension romance and hope Jerk California tells the story of Sam who sets out on a cross countr. Sam Carter has been bullied throughout his high school days because of his tics and outbursts that come from his Tourette's Syndrome Unable to control his movements except for very short periods Sam is shunned by his stepfather Bill Bill has told Sam many stories about his neglectful real father who womanized and drank and gave Sam his disorder through his faulty genes Now Sam is about to graduate from high school He has no prospects no college dreams nothing to look forward to It all starts to change when he agrees to work for George the Coot who used to be best friends with his real father As Sam learns the truth about his father he discovers the truth about himself tooThere is much to appreciate in this novel about identity fathers nature and nurture Friesen has created a protagonist who is a wonderful combination of damaged and heroic Sam is abused by life but unbroken He himself cannot see beyond his disorder but others can show him the way He rises above over and over again but doesn't uite realize that he has done it Sam is a wonderful metaphor for lifeThe Tourette's Syndrome is not played up to TV talk show proportions It is an important and pivotal feature of the story and of Sam but it is written honestly and plainly I also appreciated the thread of religion that runs through the book becoming part of Sam's journey as well It too is not overly done just a subtle part of the uest Sam is onHighly recommended this book well deserves the ALA Schneider Award which consistently awards books that are very special and worth finding A complex tale of self and family this book will be enjoyed by teen readers who want deep reading without the darkness Appropriate for ages 14 17

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Read Jonathan Friesen's posts on the Penguin Blog This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette's Syndro. A rare 5 starer1 This is about a boy named SamJack with Tourette's He hates it but I love him for it2 This book involves a Road tripWhich I love3 We have a love hate like love story going onAnd it's not annoying4 Our main character is extremely strong in the emotional senseHe is also very enjoyable and likeable5 The Title has a double meaningand I find that pretty cool6 I think you should read thisIt's good I bet you'll like itSidenote I have to note that reading this was like riding a wooden roller coaster it's going to tug at you and it is bumpy but in the end you'll leave with a smile

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CHARACTERS ☆ Jerk California º Read Jonathan Friesen's posts on the Penguin Blog This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette's Syndrome for modern teens Wrought with tension romance and hope Jerk California tells the story of Sam who sets out on a cross country uest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited TouretY uest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette's Syndrome along the way finding both love and acceptance. ↪ 5 FREAKING stars I picked this book up basically on a whim for English We were told to pick a book to read for our last uarter and we would have to do a project on it It was nearing the end of the year so nobody got too far into their books but we all still got a project done I enjoyed the first few chapters that I had read and then school ended I put the book down my English teacher moved to another state and I probably hadn't given the book a second thought I borrowed the book from my English teacher but accidentally never gave it back oops Minutes later I stand alone at the doorway and my eyes hold tears Inside I boil because it's not fair and it can't be true I fling the letter but it flutters to the ground at my feet 'Why didn't you tell me' me tearing up I'm no longer counting this as a re read as the first time i never really finished it entirelyI was not expecting this time around for this to be as good as it ended up being I enjoyed every moment of this book and it has a Paper Towns feel to it It has an interesting mysterious road trip kind of feel to it Like we don't know exactly why we're going somewhere but we need to because it just feels right I definitely recommended reading this if your liked Paper Towns even a little bit it's actually uite better than Paper Towns for me I stare at the void as I stroke the sacred spot on my face Damn She took my coat Naomi and Sam or Jack were literally so cute Their relationship was portrayed in such a real way that it didn't seem forced or fantastical in any way There was a lot of raw emotion which i LOVEDalso me reading the barn scene if i have thoughts I'll probably add them later♡