Mom’s death, Dad’s retreat into his office, big sister’s over-the-limit new behavior – the summer before Zen’s senior year is spiraling down, fast. If she could just keep her brilliant big sister from getting too crazy, then Xander will keep her scholarships and head off to a prestigious university, away from the grief that their mother’s death from cancer has cloaked across their lives.
If she could just get Dad to come out of his study and into the daylight, maybe he would go back to being a noteworthy professor, instead of an unshaven zombie-dad. And if she could just center herself, then Zen could concentrate on preparing for her next black-belt karate level, rather than using her skills to kick out against the guys luring her sister down the wrong paths.
And these letters from their dead mom that arrive on special days and holidays… when Zen and Xander check her lawyer’s office for some answers, they open up questions from their mother’s past.
Can their family revive itself during the sisters’ last summer together? Will searching through their mother’s past ruin their future or rebuild it? Death ain’t easy, but does living have to be even harder? 224 pages
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA