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Jerk, California

Jerk, California
by Jonathan Friesen

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Topics: Tourette Syndrome, self-acceptance

Readers will find themselves drawn in to this compelling story with its engaging characters and intriguing plot twists. Many readers found the book to be "a great read" and hard to put down, often finishing it in one to three days. One reviewer said, "In reading the story, I felt like I could understand how it would feel to have Tourette's." Another reviewer commented, "I expect this book will be one that becomes required or recommended reading in high school classrooms all across the U.S. And it ought to be."

From the publisher: "Twitch, Jerk, Freak—Sam Carrier has been called them all. Because of his Tourette's 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, Jack. 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 just to be still."

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