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Jerk California characters ↠ 107 ☆ 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 inheritRead Jonathan Friesen's posts on the Penguin Blog This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette's Syndro. Jerk California is about a soon to be high school graduate named Sam Carrier All his life he has been called things like Twitch Freak and Jerk because of his Tourette Syndrome a disease he inherited from his father that causes uncontrollable body movements twitches and spasms and such It doesn't help that his real dad is dead and his stepfather is abusive while his mom is totally unsupportive Then one day he meets a guy named Old Bill and a girl named Naomi and they are just the start of an adventure that will help Sam find out about his deceased father his grandparents and himselfFirst off let me say that I am thankful to the author for giving me insight on Tourette Syndrome it really does sound like an unforgiving painful disease to have I liked how he applied it to a teenager and how he made Sam's feelings about having the disease realistic and not some classic hero type And I liked this book However the writing was a little bit off for me at some parts The whole book just didn't seem to mesh together at the end like there was no climax and the journey they embarked on wasn't a fulfilling adventure sometimes the characters weren't all that believeable either But it was a good book and an interesting read

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Y uest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette's Syndrome along the way finding both love and acceptance. Rating AReview This book choked me up from nearly start to finish I read the first five pages while standing in the book store to see if the book was worth getting because I'd eyed it a couple of times but never made the commitment and decided I had to have the book Then I had to go home and read it right thenSam's disease and his efforts to control it while still suffering through the regular problems of hormones family problems school drudgeries and self discovery was compelling to read He was a good narrator The other characters were pretty interesting as well His relationships with George the crazy old coot his mom and Naomi aka the girl of his dreams were complex and you could feel the emotion; you could even feel the negative emotions between him and his step dadSam's trip of self discovery was fulfilling to read The only thing that was not uite so fulfilling was that at times Sam was obtuse when at other times he's clearly self aware and is slow to figure things out that are pretty clear to the reader It happened most often in the second half of the book but the ending resolved well without me knowing exactly how everything was going to sort itself out so that's redeemingRecommendation Fans of YA fiction with less than traditional narrators that allow you to get a two for one typical YA self growth book coupled with getting to learn something about a topic they don't know much about in this case Tourette's Syndrome bonus will enjoy this book

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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