I received a copy of this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Quick fire review:
Moving. Heartbreaking. Soulful. Emotional.
These four words don’t even begin to describe the journey you take with Kai in Just A Normal Tuesday.
If you are looking for something well written and deeply meaningful, give this book a chance.
It’s just a normal Tuesday for sixteen-year-old Kai, until suddenly it’s anything but. She’s received a letter from her beloved older sister, Jen, a letter that begins, My very bestest sister, Kai, if you are reading this, I am already gone. From that moment on, Kai’s life will never be the same, as she is forced to deal with the shock and horror of losing Jen to suicide.
Consumed with grief, Kai looks for answers, lashes out at people who love her and eventually turns to excessive drinking and drugs, all with disastrous results and no relief from her suffering. Struggling with their own sorrow, Kai’s parents realize she needs more help than they can give, and they enroll her in the Tree House, a “grief camp” for children. Though reluctant to go, once she’s there, Kai finally finds others who truly understand her loss. No longer alone, she’s able to begin dealing with her pain. And to see light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Kim Turrisi’s beautiful, wrenching young-adult novel sheds a much-needed light on the subjects of mental illness and suicide. Using the unique idea of a grief camp, Turrisi lays out a process for healing and moving forward for readers who have been touched by loss. But this book’s appeal reaches beyond that. With combined elements of tragedy and romance, compellingly told in Kai’s authentic voice, this ultimately hopeful story will be an unputdownable read for any teen
4 out of 5 stars
Keeping this short so I don’t spoil the whole damn thing.
Yet another NetGalley read that took me by surprise.
A deeply emotional read, Just Another Tuesday follows Kai, a young woman whose sister has just died.
Written in a way that feels poetic at times, author Kim Turrisi has done a great job of putting you in the main characters head and heart.
What I liked:
- The writing – This book is so beautifully constructed that it is hard to put into words why it works. I found this to be just descriptive enough to put you in Kai’s life as she deals with her feelings; from moments of denial, to wanting to escape her pain and eventually finding her own peace, every word paints a vivid picture.
- The story – The day starts like any other until three letters show up in a mailbox, each containing a suicide note from Kai’s sister. Too late to save her, Kai slowly descends into her own form of madness along with her parents and friends. What happens next is a vivid exploration into how grief take a hold of people in different ways. The premise of this book may sound a little dark but it is the underlying messages that really give this story legs.
- Kai – Kai and her journey felt very realistic to me. The way Turrisi allows her characters to grieve in their own time and their own ways is one of the better parts to this story. There is nothing worse than when a character jumps from one extreme to the other with nothing in between. We literally see Kai fall apart and then try to rebuild herself slowly. Her strength and vulnerability are what make her a great lead.
If you’re looking to dive into something a little grittier and meet some characters with depth, then this is the perfect book for you.