Freaks Like Us

  • Title: Freaks Like Us
  • Author: Susan Vaught
  • ISBN: 9781408836163
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Freaks Like Us You re just a freak You re just a stupid freak Freaks don tspeak Freaks shouldn t speak Don t talk out of your head or the swirly clouds will eat you because sometimes clouds have teeth Jason s best f
    You re just a freak You re just a stupid freak Freaks don tspeak Freaks shouldn t speak Don t talk out of your head or the swirly clouds will eat you because sometimes clouds have teeth Jason s best friend, Sunshine, has vanished If only Jason could push through all the voices in his head, he d know what happened he d tell everyone he d find her But then people d You re just a freak You re just a stupid freak Freaks don tspeak Freaks shouldn t speak Don t talk out of your head or the swirly clouds will eat you because sometimes clouds have teeth Jason s best friend, Sunshine, has vanished If only Jason could push through all the voices in his head, he d know what happened he d tell everyone he d find her But then people don t always listen to kids like Jason .A funny and compelling thriller about a boy on the edge of mainstream society.

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    About Susan Vaught


    1. Website susanvaughtastrology sign Librafavorite book Harry Potter all of them and His Dark Materials all of those, too favorite song I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab for Cutiecurrent pet total 12 if you don t count the chickens, peafowl,turkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons, or guineasmes of my schools Vanderbilt University MS, Ph.D University of Mississippi Ole Miss BA Germantown High School Germantown, TN 9th 12th Germantown Middle School Germantown, TN 8th Can t Remember, but the mascot was a purple dragon Sandy Springs Atlanta Georgia, 7th Green Street Elementary Tupelo, MS 6th Frances Patterson was a very cool teacher there I write because of her.Pierce Street Elementary Tupelo, MS 3rd 5th Can t Remember, but it was big Corinth, MS, 2nd Oxford Elementary Oxford, MS, K 1st University of Mississippi Day Care, Playschool


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    1. Maybe the easiest way to describe this book would be to say it's a mixture of Gone Girl, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Paper Towns. The book is told in the first person by "Freak" a schizophrenic (SCHIZ) high school senior who is part of the 'alphabets'; kids who ride the short-bus and are in special classes with other kids who have been labeled with a whole host of acronyms. His best friends are a spastic kid named "Drip" who has fairly severe ADHD and Sunshine who is S [...]

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    2. 3.5 starsI'm torn between rating this a 3 stars or 4 stars, there are parts where I lost focus and interest but there are also parts that I genuinely like. So, I'm just going to settle with in-between. heh.

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    3. In Susan Vaught’s captivating novel, Freaks Like Us, the reader is taken on a suspenseful adventure through the mind of a schizophrenic teenage boy named Jason. He and his two best friends call themselves alphabets because they all have different letter abbreviations to describe their mental diagnoses. These three show the true meaning of friendship because no matter their struggles, they put one another first and don’t let each other down. However, when Jason’s best friend Sunshine goes m [...]

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    4. Schizophrenia a mental disorder that have such negative perception in society that discussion is raised to change the name. In Japan it has been done and now in it's called integration disorder. So it's not surprising at all that when selective mute Sunshine (17) disappears that her best friend Jason who has schizophrenia is suspected more than her other best friend Derrick who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    5. An interesting look at life through the eyes of an active schizophrenic. That also makes it hard to read at times. Definitely for older teens not because of subject matter or language, but because the narrative is challenging.

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    6. Great premise, but the narratives and telling the tale of the alphabet kids in the room just didn't match up to the concepts for their interactions, IMHO. It could have become so much better- 2.5 star to be fair but YA levels or not- the form and pace of telling this particular tale lacked. And not because of the different voices. Cliff hangers at the ends of chapters pale very quickly with me. This also didn't feel like it was a read that actual teenagers could embed within.

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    7. While I had high hopes going into Susan Vaught’s Freaks Like Us, I’m happy to say that it exceeded my expectations. Granted, my first impression wasn’t quite so enthusastic, as the first few chapters did little to sustain the interest that the book’s intriguing cover blurb had inspired. Yet I soon learned that this was a symptom of a learning curve rather than of poor writing. Narrator Jason initially comes across as quite young, and the stream-of-consciousness narrative that signifies h [...]

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    8. Jason Milwaukee, AKA Freak, isn't your average narrator. He's schizophrenic and his observations of the world are interspersed with aural hallucinations. His best friend Sunshine disappeared between getting off the bus and going home, and there's a 24-hour window that's the best chance of finding her. Jason knows her best and thus refuses to take his meds, since they'll make him sleep for eight hours. He's willing to do whatever it takes to find Sunshine. Unfortunately, he might've hurt her. If [...]

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    9. This was my fourth time rereading this book and i loved it no less than the very first time. I have never met anyone who's also read this story and it makes me unbelievably sad. Its worth every second of your time, tears, happiness and heartache. Simply, its one of the best damm books ever writen.

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    10. Freaks like us is the second book I have read from Susan Vaught. I am truly becoming a fan of her work. There are no vampires, werewolves or mythical creatures in her stories, only real life people in real life situations. She opens our eyes to things that go on every day and no one really knows or thinks about.Freaks Like Us is about three teenagers who call themselves "Alphabets." They all have some sort of mental disability. They call themselves Alphabets because that’s how they are labeled [...]

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    11. ARC eBook courtesy of NetGalleyRelease date: 9-4-12Jason "Freak" Milwaukee and his friends ride the short bus. They call themselves the Alphabets. They've all been diagnosed with conditions like ADD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, or in Freak's case, schizophrenia.Freak, Drip, and Sunshine have known each other since before elementary school. They are now in high school and have learned to cope through behavior therapy and medication. They put up with a lot in their daily lives, but at least they have each oth [...]

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    12. At first, I didn't know what to read. I actually read this book for an English project in my class. The librarian of my school showed it to me and told me that it doesn't get a lot of attention to kids. So, I decided to pick it out for my project. I began reading and the prologue, I found funny, was written on our main character's, Jason's, Algebra test. Basically, he explains to us that he is Schizophrenic, and he has two main voices and four other ones. He calls them Bastard, Whiner, and No-Na [...]

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    13. Full review on Reader's Dialogue: readersdialogue/2Let me start with saying that Susan Vaught is a psychologist - and after reading this book, I'd recommend her to anyone I know! She obviously gets people with these illnesses - the descriptions of Sunshine's selective mutism and Drip's ADHD just sound so right, like she gets to the heart of how they think. And that is, of course, overshadowed by the way Freak is written. Even though the entire story happens over one 24-hour period, except for th [...]

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    14. I always love hearing books from the point-of-view of characters who are not reliable narrators. There is just something quite interesting about trying to decipher Jason's thoughts. Of course this book also made a great example of different mental illnesses and the lack of respect mental illness has which I thought was a wonderful point to slide into the main mystery. People tend to forget the kids who go through school with ADHD or schizophrenia because it does actually happen and it is nice to [...]

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    15. Not bad. Not bad at all. For a book about a schizophrenic guy in 1st person, not bad at all. The first thing you should be aware of before reading Freaks Like Us is that you should know that it is written in first person through the perspective of a person with a mental disorder, so sometimes there are run-on sentences, and the voices in his head and random flashbacks can get a bit annoying. But overall it tells a great story with a unique perspective.

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    16. I read this for my YA book club, and it's a good example of why book clubs are a great means of nudging us to read outside of our usual box. I highly recommend this mystery told from the point of view of a high school boy with schizophrenia. There were times when I felt trapped in Jason's mind, right along with him.

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    17. Freaks Like Us grabs you tight from the beginning and keeps holding on even when you've finished reading the last page. The story is written from the perspective of a schizophrenic teenager. The reader is painted a picture of how his brain works, how the voices in his head sound and act. It felt like I was in Jason's mind. As if I had adopted his illness for the duration of the story. It also gets across a message that isn't fiction. Everyone has a voice and deserves to be heard. Even those suff [...]

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    18. 3.5 Stars - I really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed seeing all the different mental illnesses being represented and it was really interesting reading about them when you rarely see much about people with schizophrenia and ADHD, Selective Mutism, all of the other 'alphabets'.The whole time the story had me guessing; Where was Sunshine; Was Sunshine kidnappedor did she just leave; Why did she leave; What had she told Jason that he couldn't remember? The ending was really good and I was actually real [...]

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    19. A lot of issues are brought up in this book, but they were handled pretty well. I think this would be an important read to teens in high school, because the understanding of bullying (in terms of mental health) is phenomenal. I liked the characters, especially Jason. I found it relatively easy to walk in his shoes.

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    20. Overall I liked it but it felt a little like regressing for me. I have been in Jason's position and have heard the lower vibrational level spirits (voices ) that want you to feel as miserable as they do so it was unsettling to go back to that. But the book itself was good and I liked the ending.

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    21. Sort of a forgettable little tale. Is this what having schizophrenia feels like? Most of the characters were annoying and childish. I know they're like mentally ill but I did not like them.

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    22. There are parts to this book that really draw you and then others that leave you kind of like meh. The Main character is a schizophrenic the dialogue really bounces about with his different voices.

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    23. Jason Milwaukee -- Freak -- and his two friends Drip and Sunshine are part of the alphabet class. They prefer thinking of it that way, rather than as the class for kids who have all kinds of mental disorders. Freak suffers from schizophrenia, and he struggles on a daily (hourly, minutely) basis to break through those voices to hear his own. All three of these kids are subject to relentless bullying, especially from Roland and Linden. It's one particularly brutal bullying day, though, when the st [...]

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    24. It is not often that I come across a book that is quite like Susan Vaught’s Freaks Like Us. Under normal circumstances, I probably would not have even read this book. Contemporary YA fiction normally doesn’t interest me. What drew me in was the psychological aspect of the book. Jason Milwaukee, aka Freak, is schizophrenic. Even when he is taking his meds, there are always voices in his head. And though he would tell you that he does not see things, the hallucinations are particularly bad whe [...]

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    25. This book would have been good even without an amazing protagonist because the storyline itself is so gritty and suspenseful, but Jason's character was what truly left an impression on me.On the surface, this book is a thriller, complete with the FBI and a dash of romance. But looking beneath that is the story of a boy on the edge of society, fighting his inner demons with the help of the girl he loves, even when she's not around to tell him what's real. It's a story about living on the fringe o [...]

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    26. THREE WORDS: Surprisingly Powerful & PoignantMY REVIEW: It's rare to come across a YA book that deals with mental illnesses in a way that is sensitive, yet startlingly honest; poignant, yet funny and entertaining, yet very real. Susan Vaught's Freaks Like Us is one of those rare books.Jason's best friend Sunshine disappears one day after school and Jason is automatically seen as a suspect because of his unpredictable mental illness. But Jason knows that schizophrenic or not, he would never h [...]

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    27. Wow.This book had been on my to-read list for awhile, and finally sat down to check it out only to get sucked completely in. Seriously read this in only a few hours. Amazing and perfect.This book is unconventional in that it is told in the first-person by Jason (aka "Freak"), a seventeen-year-old schizophrenic boy. He's been dealing with his diagnosis since he was eight, and he and his two friends, Derrick (aka "Drip") and Sunshine have formed a strong bond because of their "alphabets"--their te [...]

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    28. Freaks Like Us is a unique bildungsroman written from the first person POV of a schizophrenic boy named Jason. Vaught allows the reader a glimpse into a schizophrenic's mind as the medication slowly leaves his system. This look into schizophrenia is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It is heartbreaking because people have to live that way, but it is inspiring because there are people like Jason who can deal with this disease and actually function, to an extent, in society. The mysterious disappe [...]

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    29. There are things I liked and things I didn't like about Freaks Like Us, but one thing I know for sure - this book is like no other. The writing style is very unique, making the book kind of hard to get into, at first. A lot of the narration is stream-of-consciousness-like, and that combined with Jason's voice causes for some confusing paragraphs. There are parts that don't use punctuation and defy all rules of grammar, and some parts don't even make sense. But after a while, I got used to it. An [...]

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    30. Freaks like us is the second book I have read from Susan Vaught. I am truly becoming a fan of her work. There are no vampires, werewolves or mythical creatures in her stories, only real life people in real life situations. She opens our eyes to things that go on every day and no one really knows or thinks about.Freaks Like Us is about three teenagers who call themselves "Alphabets." They all have some sort of mental disability. They call themselves Alphabets because that’s how they are labeled [...]

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