A story of self-discovery and hope as a young man with Tourette syndrome uncovers his past and prepares for his future.
5. Jerk California by Jonathan Friesen
When I first started college, this book was suggested to me be the head of the disabilities office. He figured that with my love of reading and understanding of different disorders, I would enjoy this book. A few months later, the author Jonathan Friesen came to speak at our college. This was a wonderful and inspiring experience. There I bought a book and had him sign it for me. Now, I can pick up this novel when I feel abandoned, misunderstood, or worthless.
Synopsis: An outcast at school and home, Sam Carrier struggles each day with his Tourette syndrome. Longing to have a normal life and be with Naomi, the girl of his dreams, he tries to fit in but always is pushed away. When his only friend, an older man named George, dies, Sam gains the courage to go on a trip to discover the truth about himself and his father. Along the way, he gains insight into his past, hope for the future, and strong relationships that last.