Sunday, May 3, 2009
Tweaked by Katherine Holubitsky
I have always loved ORCA books- the people who write for this publishing company write real cutting edge stuff. These books are gritty and don't always have happy endings. I think kids like them because they reflect things that are going on around them everyday.
Tweaked tells the story of 16 year old Gordie Jessup. Gordie has good friends, does well in school, holds down a job and has the beginnings of a romance with a girl from work- everything is going great. Then, his older brother becomes addicted to crystal meth- a very dangerous drug. Suddenly Gordie's life is turned upside down. Home is no longer a safe place. There are visits from the police, the family is in financial trouble and they never know where Chase is. It isn't fair that Gordie's life has taken this turn, but he still needs to deal with the fall out of his brother's choices.