Lang Arts II, 5th Hour
3 November 2008
Murray, Jaye. Bottled Up. New York: Penguin Group, 2004.
The setting of the book “Bottled Up” takes place in many different area’s. The book does not name a specific place in which these things take place. The book takes place in area’s such as The School, The Graveyard, Pip’s House, and Jensen Family Counseling Clinic. The majority of the book takes place in three place’s of the four I just listed. They are The School, The Graveyard, and Pip’s House.
The main character in this book is Phillip better known as Pip. He is a teenager in high school who is trying to do the best he can. He has an alcoholic father and a pill popping mother as well as a little brother named Mikey who look’s up too him as the bigger hero in the world. Pip calls Mikey “Bugs” because Mikey is constantly asking Pip the most random questions.
Pip is a teen on the brink of destruction. He is basically the father figure in the household he lives in because his father is an alcoholic. He tried too escape whenever he can from his world with drugs and alcohol. He has blonde hair and always wears tie dye shirts. Ultimately Pip wants too get away from his father and everyone else. But his principal at school forces him too go to a group theorpy trying too help get Pip off drugs and alcohol. In the end of the book he ends up quitting drugs and alcohol because he realizes that its wasting his time and he need too be there for his younger brother.
The climax of this book is about three fourths of the way through. This is triggered by his younger brother (Mikey) taking one of his fathers alcohol bottles because he thinks it’s a good idea. After Mikey takes it he goes too school, finishes the day and waits on Pip too show up too get him. The area he is waiting at has some construction going on involving a new sewer system. Mikey decides while he waits he’s going too throw the bottle of...