Turrisi, Kim Just a Normal Tuesday, 244 pages. Kids Can Press, 2017. $18. Language: R (50+ swears, 20 ‘f’); Violence: PG-13 (suicide); Mature Content: R (drugs and alcohol; implied sex)
Until Kai comes home and opens the mail, the day is just Tuesday. But forevermore it will be the day that Kai’s beloved older sister committed suicide and there was nothing Kai could have done to prevent it. As she and her parents try to process their grief, Kai descends into chaos and self-flagellation. In a desperate ploy to help their struggling daughter, the parents send to her a grief camp. There Kai will hopefully find her feet in this new, unwanted, normal.
Turrisi’s look at Kai grief is raw and wonderful. The camp is a month long and I had to allow for something looking as is they happened quickly because of the limitations of space and pages. I wish, however, that Turrisi had concentrated on Kai’s journey towards healing without oh so conveniently falling in “forever” love with another camper. That just added a trite element to the story, no matter how hard Turrisi strived to make it feel authentic. High school students will be able to process and use this lovely book the best.
HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher