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Jesse's Girl Paperback – March 13, 2009
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The premise of the book centers on Teddy Mentor and his sixteen year old adopted son, Jesse. Jesse has been sent away to a wilderness program in rural Montana in a last ditch effort to put an end to the drug problems that have plagued him for years. The problems escalated after the death of his adopted mother (and Teddy's soon to be ex wife), and had reached a point where Teddy had to admit he was incapable of controlling or protecting his child. With nowhere else to turn, he entrusts his only child to the professionals at the Mountain Wilderness Center.
Big mistake. Not two weeks later he gets a 1AM phone call. His son is missing. Risking his job, he books a flight away from Brooklyn and towards his son. After a couple days of searching, he gets the break he needs and tracks his son to a bus stop in Illinois, en route to Kentucky to meet his long-lost birth sister (whom Jesse leads Teddy to believe is his long-distance girlfriend). Jesse swears up and down that he is done with the drugs; in that convincing way all users seem to have. However, it isn't long before Teddy notices that he is missing some of his antidepressants and that his son occasionally reeks of beer. Jesse's lies come to a head when he OD's on heroin in the middle of the night while sharing a hotel room with his dad.Read more ›
I am going to finish the book because I want to see the development of the relationships, which is good so far, but please, try a fact checker, an editor, or write about a place you actually know! Oh, and Theresa is practically illiterate, but that would be an oddity in an area that is filled with colleges and universities, she is like a character from some past time (little dumb southern girl with a cute butt in her Daisy Duke shorts) ERG. I might change my star to a 1.
Of course, the other side of this is that the teenage character, Jesse, was quite well-written, always running off half-cocked and with only half a plan, so his "solutions" only led to bigger problems - which seemed very realistic.
My main complaint was that the plot was elusive. Bad things kept happening, and the characters kept reacting to those bad things, and then another bad thing would happen... When Teddy and Jesse and Co got a chance to regroup, they still weren't capable of any real planning, and no one seemed to learn or grow in a positive way during the story.
I thought the basic plot was for the father to save the son, and for the son to mature somewhat. But in the end, Jesse was still drinking, and not even hiding it from Teddy, and there was no suggestion that he would go into treatment for chemical dependency. Teddy had lost his job and spent every penny he had during the course of "saving" Jesse, but apparently Jesse's big inheritance heals all wounds, and negates the need for real-life consequences.
I also didn't care for the final concept that an adopted child would just shake off the parents who raised him and align his loyalty with the blood family he'd never known. Is blood (and a convenient inheritance) really that much thicker than time, attention, and love?Read more ›
I grew up with an addict for a mother and have more insite into the realm of addiction than most people. I will have to credit the author for writing something he obviously knows about. The self-destruction and constant cycle of tough love vs. enabling is consistent throughout. I have no doubt the author has a history with addiction in one way or another.
However, that being said, I HATED the beginning of this book. I felt there was not enough background and way too much anger and foul language directed to Teddy's runaway son. For goodness sake, you don't try to spook an already spooked runaway teenage addict. You try to soothe them into trusting you, then you can work with what you've got.
Once Theresa came into the picture I felt the novel got much better and was actually looking forward to picking the book back up and reading more. It stayed that way until the incident at Klaus' house. (Don't worry - no spoilers).
After the "incident" at Klaus' I felt the ending was too tangled, too many close calls, too many twists and turns. Almost a soap opera-ish feel to the ending.
All in all. It was an okay read, but I am disappointed a little because it has so much promise it could have been great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it was ok it went on and on i had to skip a few pages, i thought it was kinda boring and i wouldnot suggest it to my friends.Published on March 28, 2014 by Rose Mary Johnson
I found the story to be awesome but found myself confused on the manner in which the events in the book were laid out. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by rachel
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I found it to be a very enjoyable story. The characters were detailed and easy to envision. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Jessica Joy
For most of the read, I had a hard time figuring out where it was going -- was it mainly about the insecure father or mainly about the rebel without a cause teenager? Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Always Cogitating
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The story pulled me right in. No nonsense and so different from the standard genres of books out there, this might be the best "free" book... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is a very touching book about a father and a son. This book is well worth the read. Unfortunately, I think many families can relate to the struggles that this family faced.Published on March 6, 2012 by Cindy Aldredge
Kept me interested but some parts just are not so realistic.Twist and turn of events was good. Liked it overall.Published on March 4, 2012 by carol
Never read any book by Gary Morgenstein before. I love mystery, fiction, thrillers. The story line was good, the characters were wonderful and well balanced. Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by candi