Bottled Up 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, 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.
 

About Jaye Murray

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First-time novelist Jaye Murray is a social worker.
 
Published November 18, 2004 by Speak. 220 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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"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.

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First-time novelist Murray gives a grimly accurate view of a dysfunctional family as seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Pip, the oldest son.

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Pip lives in an abusive alcoholic family and takes care of his little brother.

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