Tweaked by Katherine HolubitskyTweaked by Katherine Holubitsky


byKatherine Holubitsky

Paperback | April 1, 2008

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Sixteen-year-old Gordie Jessup is a good kid but he's living a nightmare. His eighteen-year-old brother Chase's two-year addiction to crystal meth has left their family emotionally and financially drained. And just when Gordie thinks he can no longer stand the manipulating, the lying and the stealing, things get even worse. Chase is arrested for aggravated assault, released on bail and sent home to his family. But his dealers are after him and Chase appeals to Gordie for help. Gordie, disgusted with his brother and fully aware that it's a gamble, risks everything he has in the hope of bringing his family some peace.
Title:TweakedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.25 × 4.75 × 0.3 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:Orca Book PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551438518

ISBN - 13:9781551438511

Appropriate for ages: 13


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tweaked Gives an insight onto all the effects of addictions and all the people it hurts.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting this book has an interesting look into the life of users.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful and Interesting This novel was very powerful and interesting. I think that the message the author was trying to convey was really important: That your choices don't only effect you. They effect your friends, family, and loved ones as well. The characters were very well- described and when I was finished reading the novel, I felt like I new them very well and could show sympathy to the main charcter Goride, who has a brother with a drug addiction. Gordie's life is ruined by the choices his brother makes and the way his family deals with them. The ending to the story however, was very suprising but felt like an intresting way to end the story.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meaningful Read Tweaked may be a short, quick novel to read but it's one where the length doesn't affect the value of the novel- it just deserves to be read for what it teaches readers, and that is, the emotional and physical effects that drugs can have, not only on yourself, but others as well. Gordie Jessup is a teen stuck in an awful home situation. His older brother Chase's drug addiction is costing his family big time, not only straining them financially, but in the emotional department too. When I was reading, I was angry for Gordie because he's such a good person who's just trying to make it through high school and have his own dreams, yet his parents practically ignore him. All they care about is Chase, but they fail to truly open their eyes to the situation and realize that their son has a drug problem, one that he's not trying to overcome. I understood that the parents were trying to help, but they were doing it in the wrong way, which is what I would assume is what it's like in real life. That's another thing about this book that I liked. It was so realistic in its descriptions that I could see how it would easily relate to issues we have today. You get to really learn about how families can be destroyed by drugs, and the damage and pain they inflict not only on the user, but loved ones as well. It may be a heavy subject, but readers will still enjoy the novel.
Date published: 2009-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The real thing When I was reading this book, it gave me the impression of being the actual character, experiencing the hectic turns of every family memebers life. It's as good as Ellen Hopkins's Crank and Glass.
Date published: 2009-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Moving I can't say i have ever been in the situation where i have had my life directly affected by a drug addict but by reading this book i feel like i have. I became so attached to Gordie and wanted to help him so bad. The author creates such believable characters that you get so wrapped up in the story. I found myself smiling and laughing whenever Gordie was. A truly amazing book, icouldn't put it down and would recomend it to anyone!
Date published: 2009-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Very emotional, and relatable. Most people probably won't get attached to this book, unless they've been in a situation like Gordie's. My sister has been a drug addict since I was seven. I'me 14 now so it's coming up 8 years now that she's been hooked on herione. I keep reading this book over and over. My favorite passage is the very last paragraph on page 99 and page 100. I've been trying to explain to my friends what it's like, because non of them understand how hard it is to have a brother or sister in that situation, and that passage sums it all up. I've also had friends read the book, and they say they finally understand why its so hard on me. I've become extremly attached to this book. I've probably read five or six times now. A very good read.
Date published: 2008-12-11

Read from the Book

It's around three o'clock when I hear the jingle of the bell attached to the door. I am moving boxes in the storeroom. Wiping my hands on my jeans, I walk through the doorway to the front of the store. At first, I think I'm seeing things. A ghost is coming toward the counter. It's running toward me: a skeleton covered in jaundiced skin. Quick and spastic, it has started talking before I realize it's my brother. Still, I can't stop staring at this weird and jerky marionette. There are deep hollows where his cheeks used to be and his arms—dangling from the sleeves of his T-shirt—are freakishly thin. A ripe odor makes me take a step back when he comes up close.