In 1950's Kentucky Icy Sparks turns ten years old. At this time she feels the first of her "urges." They build until they have to come out then she runs to the root cellar. There she croaks, twists her body, pops her eyes and screams. She has no idea what is happening to her. The episodes escalate until she is cursing, croaking, eye popping and screaming at school. In an effort to help her she is sent to a mental hospital. Icy's journey through this difficult disorder is at times funny and sad. She does not find out what is causing these symptoms until she is 18 years old. Tourette Syndrome is not mentioned until the Epilogue.
I don't usually cry at movies or while reading books but a couple of places in this book brought tears to my eyes.