Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turissi
Published May 2, 2017
Hardcover, 256 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Edelweiss, I received an eARC)
If you are reading this, I am already gone.
It’s just a normal Tuesday…until sixteen-year-old Kai finds a suicide note from her beloved older sister, Jen. Now Kai is the only child in a family reeling with grief. Unable to make sense of her sister’s choice, Kai begins to lose control. She cuts class. Lashes out at the people closest to her. Pops the same pills that killed her sister.
As she spirals toward rock bottom, her parents offer her a lifeline: a summer away at camp. Grief camp…for teens. Kai reluctantly agrees to attend, even though she’s not exactly in the mood for s’mores. But she finds solace in meeting kids like her, and slowly she begins to come back to life—and even love—at The Treehouse.
I had a feeling this one was going to be a real tear jerker based on the synopsis, and it absolutely was. It was written in a way that I felt like I was part of the story. I wish I had this book years ago when I suddenly lost someone I love at a young age. It’s nice to see you aren’t alone.
Kai was a very complex main character, and I found myself rooting for her throughout every one of her ups and downs. There is no right way to deal with the grief of losing a loved one, but this book showed so many ways each of the teens at the Grief Camp handled things. Needless to say I felt like I was friends with each and every person at this camp, we just got to know them so well and see all of their break throughs.
I feel like this book is highly underrated. I haven’t heard anyone talking about it, but it deserves so much praise. The way it handles the sensitive topic of grief, you can tell the author has first hand experience and it writing about something they know. I recommend this book to absolutely everyone, especially if you are dealing with grief yourself.