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Freaked (2009)

by J.T. Dutton(Favorite Author)
3.26 of 5 Votes: 5
0061370797 (ISBN13: 9780061370793)
review 1: Scotty is a college sophomore who spends more time high with his roommate and friends than doing anything useful or remotely educational, and yet still manages to feel like his life is hard. His mom has posed for Playboy and is a TV sex therapist, and his latest stepdad - his favorite of the bunch - has just broken up with her. Scotty's solution to his problems is to go to an upcoming Grateful Dead show (he's a Deadhead, with tons of tapes), but he's mostly broke and thoroughly dependent on the help of his roommate. His roommate gets them set up and they make the trip, separating into their own adventures, with Scotty eventually finding pretty much what he needs. While this book presented a well-told story with clearly delineated characters and some surprising plot turns, ... moreI was mostly annoyed with the main character. The story presents a coming-of-age line, and Scotty grows up a little bit by the end, but not too much. The story takes place in 1993, so it captures a particular time and place (New York, Connecticut), but doesn't come off as dated. Due to prolific drug use, I would hesitate to recommend this to anyone under about 19 years old.
review 2: Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.comScotty was sent away to Stillwater, a boarding school for boys, so that his mom could spend more time on her book and focus on speaking about the sex lives of others. Scotty just wants to have a normal family: a mom who cares about him, a dad who isn't changing every few years, and maybe even a sibling or two. However, he's stuck with knowing that all of the boys at his school fantasize about his mother - and might even be able to see her nude, if she goes ahead with her photoshoot plans. Though he might not have a family to rely on, Scotty can always turn to Jerry from The Grateful Dead in times of need. On Parent's Weekend, Scotty finds himself forced into a car with a gun by his roommate, Todd, and they are off to the Freedom show! FREAKED has a really good premise and I definitely enjoyed the characters. Music plays a main part in this novel, as it gives Scotty an outlet, along with drugs, to truly feel and express his emotions. Most of the story is Scotty's past memories and thoughts on life, which were interesting, but I was also waiting for more to happen throughout the book. Overall, though, this is a coming-of-age story that has a lot of life truths. less
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Theybook wasnt as good as i thoughtit wasgoing to be but i still liked it
One wild and funny ride! Loved the clever writing.
Wonderful voice, with strong, engaging characters.
It's a Class of 2K9 Book!
So clever.
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