"Gordie Jessup is a good kid, but he's living in a nightmare. His older brother's two-year addiction to crystal meth has left their family emotionally and financially drained. And just when Gordie thinks he can no longer stand the manipulating, the lying and the stealing, things get ever worse." (from the book jacket)
Sixteen year old Gordie Jessup has a pretty good life. Hes a bass player in a band called the Pogos, works at a hardware store with the girl he likes and all in all Gordie is living the life. He has everything on the right track but his brother is riding the train of life too fast. Eighteen year old Chase Jessup had a bright future but is now struggling through life waiting for that next hit of ice to keep his train rollin.
Review: Tweaked was one of the first drug books I read about meth and how it can take a boy who has potential and make him a soulless body looking for its next high. I personally think this book would help kids who are stuck in the grip of the monster and been trying to recover from it. This book made me think about my life. If I was in the same spot as Gordie and my brother was the monster living a life where you have the fear of him getting his hand on anything and selling it then l start to gain fear in him and you cant trust him whatsoever that you need to start hiding your stuff so he doesnt sell it for meth.
I think this book would be suitable for anyone who has interest in learning how to deal with a problem like this and or likes to read about some of the more risky drugs out there and see what its really capable once it has a hold of a one you love.
Tweaked by Katherine Holubitsky
Summary (from the publisher's website): Sixteen-year-old Gordie Jessup is a good
kid but hes living a nightmare. His eighteen-year-old brother Chases
two-year addiction to crystal meth has left their family emotionally
and financially drained. And just when Gordie thinks he can no longer
stand the manipulating, the lying and the stealing, things get even
worse. Chase is arrested for aggravated assault, released on bail and
sent home to his family. But his dealers are after him and Chase
appeals to Gordie for help. Gordie, disgusted with his brother and
fully aware that its a gamble, risks everything he has in the hope of
bringing his family some peace.
There aren't a lot of good books about drug addiction. Well, I
shouldn't say that, because there more than likely are a lot, I've just
not come across them. Personally, I haven't come across any that take a deep, true look at what dealing with a relative is really like. It's not pretty, it's not easy, and it's not sugar-coated in the least, and I admire the author so much for that. At the same time, though, it doesn't read like a public service announcement. It's emotional and truthful and real.
is such a good character who was so interesting to read. He isn't
perfect, he doesn't always think or do the right things, but he reads
like a real seventeen year old boy who's in the hard situation of
having a meth addicted sibling. Besides Gordie, the other characters
are very well-developed. His parents, the girl he likes, the smaller
characters such as the members of the band he was a part of, his boss,
even a storekeeper in a pawn shop whose name we never even learned
showed depth. The only one who didn't show as much depth as all the
others was Chase, and that was realistic of the intensity of his
I'm trying to think of bad things about the book and
failing miserably. The only part that I didn't love was that it took me
a little while to get into it, but I was in a weird mood and I think I
may have not slept, so that was probably me.
it, read it, read it! This is such a good book about such a hard
subject, written very very well, and it's definitely worth picking up.
*Reprinted from http://lainahastoomuchsparetime.blogspot.com/ with author's permission.