S: by:James Patterson
BC: By Maggie Holz
1: Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck. From that day forward his life became agony of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances, and Cory embarked on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist to discover the cause of his disease. Soon it became unclear what tics were symptoms of his disease and what were side effects of the countless combinations of drugs.
2: BIG IDEA #1 When Cory is put on new medications he has trouble knowing if it's working. He struggles when he has painful tics and tics that draw attention to him. When people stare Cory gets nervous and he twitches in embarrassment. I chose this as a main idea because it shows how much Cory had to deal with new medications. | "When I have good and then bad days on the same medicine, it's hard to know what's going on. Is the medicine wearing off? Is it the different doses I'm trying?" (Page 74)
3: BIG IDEA # 2 At this point Cory has a large number of drugs in his blood stream and has random, uncontrollable urges. He has been in front of his computer for more than 20 hours because he has an urge to work. And While he's working he has a feeling that he is going to throw up. And now he is twitching and having muscle spasms because of being on so many drugs. | "BuSpar to sedate me, and Tenex, another high-blood-pressure drug. And higher doses of Risperdal again because I'm worse when I'm off it than when I'm on it, and getting off it completely is terrible." (Page 117 and 118)
4: BIG IDEA # 3 To help Cory, the school has appointed a person to help and follow Cory. His name is Terry, and he is Cory's best friend. Terry helps Cory in classes and socially. He helps Cory stay calm when he is on a different drug with crazy side-effects. The reason I chose this as a main idea is because it shows how hard it is for Cory to make friends. He befriended Terry because Terry had to be Cory's friend. | "I thought having an aide was going to be humiliating. Now I think of Terry as my best friend in high school. He doesn't judge me by my Tourette's, he sees me for me." (Page 185)
5: "My wheelchair and I have become a source of amusement to the crowd. It's exactly what I wanted." (Page 148) | BIG IDEA #4 Cory is teased through out the book until he starts to make his Tourette's a joke and all of the kids laugh. On a new medication Cory has leg tics when he stumbles and can't walk. So he got a wheelchair. Being in the wheelchair Cory feels trapped and embarrassed. Then he shows his tricks Cory feels cool and accepted when to his peers it was just some kid in a wheelchair. I chose this as a main idea because it shows how Cory needs positive attention to feel good about himself and his Tourette's.
6: BIG IDEA #5 Towards the end of the book Cory is sent to an adolescent OCD ward, and Cory has his first crush. Her name is Noelle and she has multiple and complex obsessive-compulsion rituals, but Cory doesn't notice. | He is mesmerized about the her smile, her laugh and the way she flips her hair. The little things that she does is what Cory likes about her. The reason why I chose this as my last main idea is because it shows how he has changed into a confident and hopeful person. | "Despite her sickness, Noelle is remarkably beautiful and amazingly smart, maybe even at genius level." (Page 218)
7: MED HEAD by: James Patterson