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 roadmap 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.
After graduating from Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production, Kim segued into the development side of the business. She first worked as a development executive at Columbia TriStar and eventually shepherded many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family's webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an internet companion piece to smash hit Pretty Little Liars.Born in Hawaii, Kim credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat who moved every two years. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.
The anguish of loss. The hope in recovery. A brave, real, impassioned debut.
- Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank
There is grief and there is grace, and this book is full of both. A look at love, loss, and learning to live with questions that have no answers. Kim Turrisi is an exquisite new voice.
- Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death, finalist for the Kirkus Prize
Just a Normal Tuesday is raw, real, and absolutely beautiful. It's a rare book that can make you cry, laugh, swoon, and cheer. I loved this wholeheartedly and never wanted it to end.
- Veronica Rossi, New York Times bestselling author of Under the Never Sky
... 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.
- Kirkus Reviews