What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai’s life forever. All it takes is a letter, tucked into a pile of their family’s mail. It’s from Kai’s older sister, Jen, who lives nearby. And it begins, “If you are reading this, I am already gone.” Jen has committed suicide. Dazed, Kai helps to plan Jen’s funeral and tries to cope with their devastated parents, all the while searching for answers. How could Jen do this, and why? Kai is heartbroken and furious, and soon she’s caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. That’s when her parents shock her: they’re sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens. Kai is not a happy camper at first. But when she meets other kids who are grappling with loss, she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh … and fall in love. Just a Normal Tuesday offers a road map for anyone who has been touched by loss and anyone who is looking for hope in a broken world. Author Kim Turrisi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as co-creator, executive producer and writer of Venice: The Series. Kim also wrote for ABC Family’s webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an online companion to Pretty Little Liars. This is her first novel.
WOW! And I mean wow! This book brings fourth so many emotions. This book was so raw and so real. Kim does a beautiful job of showing such unfiltered emotions. This book was like a punch to the gut. You truly feel Kai’s pain as she starts her downward spiral. You almost want to reach in and pull her out. This beautiful heartbreaking story really shows you how some deal with loss and its not pretty. I found the novel to be beautiful but had a small problem with some of the writing and the usage of words, but I feel this can be over looked as it does not take away from this novel. Kim shows us how to live life after loss and how we get passed the “why” question and learn to move on. This book starts in the dark and soon brings you to the light as you cry and are saddened and learn to soon laugh and move on. What a beautiful debut novel. 4 stars from me.