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Bottled Up

Bottled Up

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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&

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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101042724
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/18/2004
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
470,695
File size:
228 KB
Age Range:
12 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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