Jerk, California

I just finished reading the book Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen. Jerk, California is about a boy with tourettes syndrome. Sam, the novel’s protagonist, starts the book by graduating from high school and getting kicked out of his house by his stepfather. With nowhere to go, and no money, Sam ends up moving in with the town recluse. Soon after moving out of his house, Sam finds himself on the roadtrip of a lifetime, accompanied by a beautiful girl. Along the way Sam meets many of his biological father’s old friends, and learns a lot about where he came from.

This book was okay. I wouldn’t move it to the top of my reading list, but I wouldn’t take it off either. What I really liked about it was that I saw the world from a completely different perspective. I will never know what it is like to live life with tourettes. Reading Jerk, California is as close as I will come to know what it is like to live life with that disease. I think it is always good to take a moment and contemplate what life is like as someone else. For that reason alone I would recommend reading this book. Also, a good part of the book takes place in Minnesota and that is pretty cool.

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