Thursday, August 19, 2010

Zen & Xander Undone by Amy Kathleen Ryan

The death of their mother affected sisters Zen and Xander in different ways. Xander, the older of the pair, acts out, turning to partying and guys to escape her life. Zen, on the other hand, throws herself into her Shotokan training, determined to gain control of her life through control of her body. They're curious about their mother's life, and their father (who's in a walking grief coma) is no help. But when they start digging into her past, will they be able to handle what they find?

I like stories that focus on sibling dynamics and ones that realistically show that parents are human, too. Zen is a type of character that I wish I saw more of in books. The romantic subplots didn't really stand out to me, but they didn't detract or distract, either. A solid read.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers
Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson

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