Bottled Up

Bottled Up

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by Jaye Murray
     
 

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Pip’s desperate to escape his life—he’s been skipping classes, drinking, getting high. Anything and everything to avoid his smug teachers, his sweet but needy little brother, his difficult home life. Now he’s been busted by Principal Giraldi and given an ultimatum: either he shows up for all his classes and sees a counselor after school,

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Pip’s desperate to escape his life—he’s been skipping classes, drinking, getting high. Anything and everything to avoid his smug teachers, his sweet but needy little brother, his difficult home life. Now he’s been busted by Principal Giraldi and given an ultimatum: either he shows up for all his classes and sees a counselor after school, or he’s expelled. Pip’s freaked out; not because he might get kicked out of school, but by the thought that Giraldi might call his father. Because Pip will do anything to avoid his father.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Alternately cocky, funny and maudlin, [this novel] gets its appeal from Pip's unnervingly convincing teenage voice. (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post
This bumpy rehab saga gets its appeal from Pip's unnervingly convincing teenage voice. Alternately cocky, funny and maudlin, it is so credible it even saves the book from its perilously close-to-mushy ending. — Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
"First-time novelist Murray gives a grimly accurate view of a dysfunctional family as seen through the eyes of a 16-year-old," PW wrote. "The author's expectations of her characters are realistic and the limits she sets lend strength to the message of hope that she ultimately conveys." Ages 12-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
"Drugs weren't my problem. Life was," 16-year-old Pip claims, but his school principal feels differently. He threatens Pip with expulsion if he doesn't go to counseling to deal with all the weed he smokes and all the drinking he does. Worried about how his abusive father would react to expulsion, Pip reluctantly goes to counseling and slowly starts to deal with his family and drug issues. At first, he keeps everything "bottled up," but when Pip starts to see the effects of his example on his little brother, he begins to understand how his father's alcoholism and his mother's passivity and Valium habit have affected him. He begins to open up in counseling, and gets up the courage to emerge from the drugged haze he's been hiding in and make some changes. Pip's situation is all too credible, and readers will find this sensitive, angry, and angst-filled young man struggling to deal with a lousy family life a sympathetic protagonist. This is the first novel by Murray, a psychotherapist, and she does a good job putting us inside Pip's head and creating realistic dialogue (there's a bit of swearing, too, for those who need to know). She succeeds in conveying also the hard work of counseling and the help and hope it can provide. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Dial, 220p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
VOYA
There are some books written for teens that make a reader want to tear them in two and throw them in the trash. Bottled Up is not one of them. The story of a drug-addicted teen and his fight to find his place in life is one of those rare teen books that sends the harsh message that to find your place in the world, you must learn to accept all of the things around you for what they are. With its rich language and exquisite allegories, the book is a perfect choice for any teen who needs a humorous yet touching push in the right direction. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Dial, 224p,
— Jonaya Kemper, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature
Pip is a teenage boy who drinks, smokes pot and skips classes because of ordeals at home. His father is an alcoholic and his mother is neglectful so Pip is forced to care for his little brother Mikey by walking him to and from school and T-ball practice. Pip also looks after Mikey in another way. He protects his little brother from their father who becomes violent when he is drunk. Jaye Murray, the author, makes a strong attempt to write from a troubled teenage boy's perspective. The reader comes to care for Pip, who could easily be an alienating voice with his obstinate refusal to let others know him. Pip can be stereotypical: He wears hippie clothing, swears constantly, gets high, fails out of classes and comes from a troubled household. Mikey helps the reader see Pip as a more complex individual who struggles with the desire to be a good role model even though he resents the responsibility of caring for his little brother. Murray is good at portraying Pip's inner conflict—his refusal to confront his own addictions even as he loathes his father's alcoholism. Murray deftly conveys the shame and denial felt by families who must deal with alcoholism. Teenage readers will relate to the ways in which personal troubles constantly intrude on academic performance and the way that adults who attempt to help only feel meddlesome. This novel serves as a cautionary but sympathetic tale about a boy who is forced to reconsider his choices and actions. 2003, Dial Books, Ages 13 to 16.
— Rihoko Ueno
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Sixteen-year-old Phillip (Pip) is a pot-smoking, alcohol-swigging, smart-mouthed troublemaker who resents being responsible for his six-year-old brother. Pip forgets to pick Mikey up, swears at him, threatens him, and wishes he'd go away. But he is still a better caregiver than their violent, alcoholic father or vacant, pill-popping mom. Pip is angry and withdrawn, but terrified enough when his caring principal threatens to call his dad that he agrees to attend his classes and get counseling. His growing awareness of Mikey's loss of innocence culminates in a "This is me" epiphany during group counseling. There is little subtlety here. Rather, the messages are stated explicitly and repeatedly. Italicized statements break into the first-person narrative, revealing a more honest, introspective voice than the protagonist shows the world. The principal regularly checks up on Pip's progress, functioning as a sort of Greek chorus. Allusions to Superman and kryptonite are less clearly linked to the plot than Mikey's withering barrage of questions about M&M's (hard shell, soft inside). Pip's reading of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for English class provides obvious parallels to his own and his father's hideously inconsistent and monstrous behavior. Subplots are peripheral, the setting is unstated/universal, and the family violence and drug/alcohol use will strike chords of recognition with many readers. Characterization is thin to nonexistent, but Pip's inner rage and desperation are poignantly portrayed and should provide some hope to teens facing addicted parents.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142402405
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/18/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
559,376
Product dimensions:
4.14(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
Alternately cocky, funny and maudlin, [this novel] gets its appeal from Pip's unnervingly convincing teenage voice. (The Washington Post)

Meet the Author

First-time novelist Jaye Murray is a social worker who lives in New Rochelle, New York.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I had low expectations for this book based on the writing on the inside jacket; it seemed like a cliched story plot. However, I was very wrong and this book ended up being one of my favorites. The writing is emotional and excellent, and it is just an enjoyable read all around. I now believe Bottled Up deserves more recognition than it received. Every reader should get a hold of this book and would not regret it at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher of reading in high school, I am constantly searching for reading material that will appeal to my students and motivate them to read. Jaye Murray's first novel, Bottled Up will definitely be one of those books. She is right on target with her main character, Pip, who is struggling with keeping his life sane while dealing with a dysfunctional family. It is obvious that she has been around young people dealing with conflict in their lives. Her descriptons of Pip's interactions with his peers and the adults in his life are genuine. The relationship that Pip has with his younger brother, Mikey, is a key component in Pip's struggle to overcome his anger and figure out what it is he wants out of life. I started reading on a Saturday afternoon and couldn't put it down until I was finished. I look forward to more selections by Ms. Murray.
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I liked it
Ahlickssss More than 1 year ago
Great read. This is the first book I've read in about 2 years. I finished it in 2 days. The story is one that really pulls you in. A MUST read! Great for young adults, too.
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This book is a great easy, fast read. The reader can really relate to Pip and you want him find out of the mess that his life is in.
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The Author of this book is my social worker/teacher in my school Van Nest Middle School in New York.So then one of her students were reading this book and i was just amazed. ''Is that Ms.Murray?!''I asked shocked at my discovery it was.The next thing you know I was reading the book in Recess! I could not out it down.The Principal Carol Ann Gilligan was supporting the right.As I keep my anonymous phase so I do not get into trouble,my classmates are getting more up to date in this book.Last week we met her daughter and I guess that was cool but yes.Keep getting at it Ms.Murray!My English teacher had that book and I thought it was interesting.
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Bottled up by Jay Murray was a sick nasty book which means a sweet book. It is about pip and who skips class and goes and smokes weed all thee time and goes to a lot of party's. This book affected me because I have had the same problem this kid had. Pip had to go to a counselor outside of school and he party's a lot which I use too. He has a younger brother that looks up to him as do i and the worst of all I would skip class to but not to go and smoke weed I would do that outside of school like everyday. My opinion has changed about Bottle Up because at first I thought it was going to be a boring and lame book but right away it turned out to be a really good book. The author shows the reader what people can be like in real life. There are some people who don't know what it like to live in a crappy life were your dad is an alcoholic or your mom. And they fight with you every night or every other. Some people have a good home life were there is no drugs or alcohol involved and so some people don't know much about the drug or alcohol life style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutley fabulous!I got it from my school library yesterday and finished it this morning. This book tells about a boy that is hooked on drugs and his difficult life at home with an alcoholic father, and how that affects his own life.This is a great read and anybody who likes a book that they can't put down. this is definatley the book!!!!!!
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