BOTTLED UP by Jaye Murray

BOTTLED UP

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Tackling a familiar theme, Murray pens a compelling debut about a teenage boy with an abusive, alcoholic father. Pip, who’s usually stoned, goes into counseling to avoid getting expelled and thereby incurring even more of his father’s wrath. In the high schooler’s convincing first-person narrative, he struggles with his family’s secrets but starts to fall apart under the pressure. A helpful counselor, the boys in his group counseling sessions, and a new teacher provide some support, but it’s concern for his younger brother that gives Pip the courage to try, with mixed success, to give up drugs. Painfully believable scenes reveal his father’s drinking and violence, his mother’s addiction to Valium, and Pip’s own escape from his miserable home life through marijuana and alcohol. No easy ending ensues, but Pip’s emerging strength, realistically portrayed, bodes well for his future. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8037-2897-2
Page count: 244pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2003




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