Jerk, California

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Penguin, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 327 pages
37 Reviews
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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This book is a very good look at how families change and how one person can feel completely isolated in one setting but not another, depending on the people around them. I enjoyed the writing style ... Read full review

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This is the first book that I have read with a main character who has Tourettes and it was interesting for that reason. The novel didn't really talk about the symptoms very much/enough so it was easy ... Read full review

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Contents

chapter one
2
chapter two
4
chapter three
14
chapter four
22
chapter five
28
chapter six
41
chapter seven
50
chapter eight
58
chapter twentyfive
182
chapter twentysix
189
chapter twentyseven
197
chapter twentyeight
203
chapter twentynine
209
chapter thirty
215
chapter thirtyone
220
chapter thirtytwo
226

chapter nine
66
chapter ten
74
chapter eleven
82
chapter twelve
93
chapter thirteen
99
chapter fourteen
105
chapter fifteen
113
chapter sixteen
120
chapter seventeen
126
chapter eighteen
131
chapter nineteen
140
chapter twenty
148
chapter twentyone
155
chapter twentytwo
162
jaCk
169
chapter twentythree
170
chapter twentyfour
177
chapter thirtythree
230
chapter thirtyfour
236
chapter thirtyfive
241
chapter thirty six
247
chapter thirtyseven
253
chapter thirtyeight
262
chapter thirtynine
267
chapter forty
274
chapter fortyone
280
chapter fortytwo
287
chapter fortythree
292
chapter fortyfour
297
chapter fortyfive
308
chapter fortysix
313
chapter fortyseven
317
chapter fortyeight
323
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About the author (2008)

Jerk, California is Jonathan Friesen's first novel. A fourteen-year public school teacher and writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Jonathan shares his passion for writing with children of all ages--including three of his own, whom he home schools. He lives in Mora, Minnesota.

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