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 quest to learn the truth... show more
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 quest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette's Syndrome, along the way finding both love and acceptance.
Publish date: September 4th 2008
Pages no: 327
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, High School
, Road Trip
I'll start out by saying that I can't really control my thoughts, I'm easily distracted and confused, and I'm still going through a lot of major personal stuff, but this book was HARD AS HELL to follow. Long scenes were summed up in a couple of sentences, the main character talked to himself constan...
Sam can't sit still. He can’t control the moving and jerking. He jumps and blurts.He has Tourette's syndrome. The only thing that keeps him feel still even for awhile was running But after graduating, things changes. His stepfather expects him to pay a large sum of money as rent on their own home an...
Jerk, California took us on a journey of Sam, a teenager with Tourett’s syndrome. The beginning of the book shows us just how hard Sam had things at home and just how misunderstood the condition was during the time. His step father is the worst of all. Treated Sam as badly as anyone could be treated...
Part coming of age story, part road-trip novel, Sam's tale unfolds in fits and starts, mirroring the Tourette's tics the rattle him daily. All he wants is to be still, but hitting the road starts him on a journey that will change his life.
3.5 I really ended up enjoying this book. Especially to listen to on my drive to work. However, I though the second half was much better than the half and wished it had focused more on the road trip.