Bottled Up by Jaye MurrayBottled Up by Jaye Murray

Bottled Up

byJaye Murray

Mass Market Paperback | November 18, 2004

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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.
First-time novelist Jaye Murray is a social worker who lives in New Rochelle, New York.
Title:Bottled UpFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.7 × 4.2 × 0.6 inPublished:November 18, 2004Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142402400

ISBN - 13:9780142402405

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I actually really enjoyed this book. The author tells a story about Pip, a pot smoking teen, whom has family issues, and whose best friends are 2 dead people, George and Agnes. (no this is not a supernatural story, he just enjoys talking to their graves) The book goes through Pip's life in general, it shows his hippie-type attitude, his smart ass remarks to teachers, his minor "love life" with his crush, and most importantly his family issues. More accurately: his father. Who is a drunk, a violent one as a matter of fact, his mother is depressed, and most of all Pip worries for his little brother, whom he feels is too young to experience all this. All Pip wants at some point of this story is to just protect his younger brother.I have to say, I thought I was expecting a huge comedy out of this book, sure it was hilarious and enjoyable, but the things Pip and his family went through is very touching to me. It is very inspiring for other teens who go through what he does everyday. I think anyone between ages 12-17 should read this, its very enjoyable and inspiring to read.
Date published: 2009-08-31

Editorial Reviews

Alternately cocky, funny and maudlin, [this novel] gets its appeal from PipÆs unnervingly convincing teenage voice. (The Washington Post)