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... read more
Jerk, California is a book about a high school graduate who suffers with the disease touretts. Sam, who just recently graduated high school, was diagnosed with touretts syndrome when he was just six years old. His real dad died when he was just a baby, and his step-dad told him many lies... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Jerk, California is a book about a high school graduate who suffers with the disease touretts. Sam, who just recently graduated high school, was diagnosed with touretts syndrome when he was just six years old. His real dad died when he was just a baby, and his step-dad told him many lies about who his real father was. Therefore, Sam grew up believing that his real dad was a drunk and no good man. His mother never tried to stand up to her husband (Old Bill) for the fear that he would hurt her.
School was never easy for Sam, with everyone making fun of him and calling him names, so he resorted to running. He wasn’t on the track team, although he was an excellent runner. When he was on a run one day, he ran into a girl running a competition from another school. She was beautiful, but he knew if she knew who he really was that she would make fun of him like all the others. At the school graduation, Sam had a series of twitches and sputters of swear words, and ended up being so embarrassed that he ran off and back to his house. When he got home he went on a long run. He ended up running through his neighbor George’s house, where he sat in his garden to rest. George came out and started to talk to Sam. He offered Sam a summer job where he could have the apartment in the basement of his house if Sam worked as a gardener with him. Sam was hesitant sat first, but he decided to take him up on the offer.
As Sam continued to work with George, he noticed that George did not care about his touretts or make fun of him. One day when George and Sam were working on a garden, Sam noticed Naomi coming out of the house. He learned that George was good friends with Naomi’s mom, and he and Naomi were very close. Sam started to talk to Naomi a little, and started to think she liked him less and less because of his disease. Short after Sam started to work with George, he started telling Sam about his real father. George was great friends with Sam’s father before he died, and knew a lot about how good Sam’s father really was. Soon after that, George dies, and leaves Sam with nothing but the business and a map. Sam is supposed to go to the places marked on the map, eventually making it to Jerk, California. Once Naomi finds out that George died, she decides to go on the adventure with Sam. They go through all the stops placed out on the map, stopping at Sam’s family and family friend’s houses. Sam learns that his dad was nothing his step dad mad him out to be. He was rather the exact opposite. The last stop was at Sam’s grandmother’s house, who was the most help for Sam. Throughout the long ride, Sam and Naomi become very close, and you can conclude that they are dating (kind of). At the end of the trip, Sam goes back to his home to confront his stepdad about all the lies he told him. He confronts his stepdad, and his mom decides to stand up for herself by leaving him to go live with Sam. The book ends with all three of them going back to George’s old place that he left for Sam to start their new life.
“"I can stop it. Please, Bill." I started to cry. "I'll be still, promise!". Old Bill turned his back, Mom closed her eyes, and even at six years old I knew I was alone.”Sam Carrier
“I feed that birth defect every day, and the free-loader wants to go on living off my generosity.”Old Bill (Sam's step-father)
“I've known three men in my life. One's dead. One's cruel. And one belches.”Sam now Jack
“We're all stupid sometimes”Naomi to Jack
“I should get of my butt and settle it, stare harder at my father until I can see the embarrassment in his eyes and the sneer around his mouth. 'Cause I know it's there, it must be, he's holding me.”Sam Carrier
“Her look jumps from hurt to angry. Naomi rises and shoves in her chair. "You Jerk". She storms out the door. I stare at twitchy fingers, it's hard to argue.”
Grandma nods. “It’s true. Seems the worst situations lead to the biggest blessings. So long as you’re not alone. Nothing good comes when you’re alone.”Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
Part one: Sam
Chapter 1: "SAM HAS IT. QUESTION IS, HOW BAD?
Chapter 2: "YOU'RE QUIET IN GROUP TODAY"
Chapter 3: THE NEXT MORNING, BABY LANE'S CRY REACHES
Chapter 4: "I SURVIVED."
Chapter 5: "I HAUL TOWARDS HOME IN MY ESKIMO GEAR"
Chapter 6: "THERE'S NO WAY I AM GOING TO THAT GUY AGAIN"
Chapter 10: "THE NEXT MORNING, ON MY JOG COOT'S HELP Wanted shingle is gone
Chapter 11: "MOM SMILES AT ME OVER HER AFTERNOON COFFEE."
Note: Chapters are untitled but the first sentence of each chapter stands out as they are in all caps.
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