Coverart for item
The Resource Just a normal Tuesday, Kim Turrisi

Just a normal Tuesday, Kim Turrisi

Label
Just a normal Tuesday
Title
Just a normal Tuesday
Statement of responsibility
Kim Turrisi
Creator
Contributor
Author
Editor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It was a normal Tuesday until Kai discovered a letter, tucked into a pile of their family's mail, from her older sister, Jen. "If you are reading this, I am already gone." Jen has committed suicide. Dealing with Jen's funeral and with their devastated parents, Kai is also searching for answers. Soon she's caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. When her parents send Kai to the Treehouse, a summer camp for grieving teens, she's not a happy camper. Then she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh... and fall in love
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • Gr 9 Up—A nuanced tale about grief in the aftermath of suicide. It's just another Tuesday for Kai Sheehan, until she receives a suicide note in the mail from her beloved sister that turns her life upside down. After Jen's suicide, Kai reckons with overwhelming emotions and spirals out of control, drinking too much and taking the medications Jen used to overdose. To save their daughter's life, the Sheehans send Kai to the Tree House, a grief camp for kids and teens who have lost loved ones. Though skeptical, Kai eventually accepts the camp and the people in her small group as she comes to terms with her sister's death. She particularly connects with Graham, a teen who lost his twin in a car accident. Their budding romance allows Kai to understand that there's a beautiful life waiting for her, one that her sister would want her to embrace. Turrisi, whose own experience with her sister's suicide informs the novel, has written a heartfelt story that looks at the complicated feelings and unanswered questions left in the wake of tragedy. More important, the author examines these issues through the therapy process, highlighting a little-explored facet of YA. Through Kai's experience at grief camp, readers understand the value of sharing their feelings with their peers and working through their emotions in a healthy and productive manner. VERDICT Centering on an underdeveloped topic in YA fiction, this title is a must-buy for all teen collections.—Jessica Holland, University of Kentucky, Lexington --Jessica Holland (Reviewed 03/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 03, p151)
  • It really is just a normal Tuesday…until it isn't.When Kai Sheehan's older sister, Jen, commits suicide, her own life spirals out of control. The rage-filled white 16-year-old drinks, smokes pot, and pops prescription medication to numb her pain. Her tough-love-invoking best friends, TJ, a gay white boy, and Emily, a well-to-do girl with "cocoa" skin, attempt to support her, but there's only so much they can do. Kai's parents have, understandably, been too wrapped up in their own grief to help, so they send Kai to a "grief camp" for teens. Guided by her olive-skinned counselor, Marco Esposito, Kai talks, writes, and paints her way through the stages of grief. She also falls in love. Graham, a white boy whose brother died, makes Kai feel normal again. He understands what she's going through in a way no one else does. She also forms close bonds with the other teens in her group, and with their support, she's on her way to accepting she'll never know why Jen killed herself. Loads of brand name-dropping and current pop-culture references will undoubtedly date this book. However, the timeless themes of love, loss, and moving forward will find a readership among those who are also grieving and need to know they're not alone. Inspired by the author's own loss of a sister to suicide, it's sensitive and uplifting without being sappy. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10567670
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Turrisi, Kim
Dewey number
j813/.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL650L
  • Decoding demand: 95 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 89 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 90 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Egan, Kate
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Suicide
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Suicide
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Suicide
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Just a normal Tuesday, Kim Turrisi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Edited by Kate Egan"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796644
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
252 pages
Isbn
9781771387934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781771387934
  • (OCoLC)948552676
Label
Just a normal Tuesday, Kim Turrisi
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Edited by Kate Egan"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796644
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
252 pages
Isbn
9781771387934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781771387934
  • (OCoLC)948552676

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
    • Howson BranchBorrow it
      2500 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX, 78703, US
      30.2982508 -97.7675915
Processing Feedback ...