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Jacked up / Erica Sage.
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9781510730052
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New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
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267 pages ; 22 cm
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Sent to Jesus Camp by his nonreligious parents, Nick gains a new perspective on his sister's suicide and the secret he has been keeping about it, with the help of new friends and the ghost of Jack Kerouac.

In a bizarre attempt to force Jack to confront his grief, his nonreligious parents ship him off to Jesus camp after his sister's suicide. The campers ride donkeys into the desert, snap selfies with counselors dressed as disciples, and replace song lyrics with Bible verses. And somehow, only Nick seems to find this strange. Jack is also being followed around by Jack Kerouac, who's incredibly annoying for a genius-- and a ghost. Nick drops a secret about his sister's death into the PC Box, into which campers place prayers and confessions. When the box is stolen-- and the confessions start appearing around camp-- Nick is disparate to get his confession back.
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Saved! meets Tim Federle with just a dash of A.S. King in this hilarious and poignant debut about a teen stuck at Jesus camp.

It's bad enough that Nick's sister is dead, and, in some bizarre attempt to force him to confront his grief, his parents are shipping him off to Jesus camp. But he's also being followed around by Jack Kerouac, who's incredibly annoying for a genius.

If arguing with a dead beat poet doesn't qualify him for antipsychotics already, Nick's pretty sure Eden Springs is going to drive him insane. The campers ride donkeys into the desert, snap selfies with counselors dressed as disciples, and replace song lyrics with Bible verses. And somehow, only Nick seems to find this strange.

Worst of all is the PC Box, into which the campers gleefully place daily prayers and confessions. With Jack nagging him to do it, Nick scribbles down his darkest secret--about his sister's death--and drops it in the box.

But then the box is stolen, with Nick's secret inside of it. And when campers' confessions start appearing around the camp, Nick is desperate to get the box back--before the world learns the truth about what he did. The truth he can't even face himself.

Laugh-out-loud funny, surreal, and insightful, this is an unforgettable novel about the strangeness of life, death, and grief--and the even stranger things people do to cope.


Author Notes

Erica Sage is an English teacher and writer who lives in Washington state with her two sons. When not reading and writing, she loves to hike around Mount Rainier and travel whenever and wherever--whether it's packing up and heading to a new country, or just climbing into the car for a road trip. Jacked Up is her debut novel.


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