Zigzag, Part 2003

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 264 pages
33 Reviews
Robin can't believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It's their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won't even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that's ever happened to her.
Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father's death they've become even more problematic than before.
Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.
  

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User Review  - Liz Chapman - Goodreads

A satisfying summer read. Characters I cared about, questions of identity and how to deal with things that seem to big to deal with. It addresses death, sex, sibling rivalry, parents re-marrying, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Janine - Goodreads

I liked this book more than I thought I would. I love how the main character learns her strength throughout the journey of the road trip. The eating disorder component does not overwhelm the storyline ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
36
Section 4
54
Section 5
62
Section 6
72
Section 7
84
Section 8
95
Section 11
146
Section 12
157
Section 13
168
Section 14
177
Section 15
199
Section 16
220
Section 17
228
Section 18
237

Section 9
107
Section 10
133
Section 19
261
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About the author (2003)

Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels The Long Night of Leo and Bree, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and the middle-grade novel Gracie's Girl. She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Visit her Web site at www.ellenwittlinger.com.

Ellen Wittlinger writes: "I began with the idea of having a teenager travel cross country. I knew Robin would be mourning the immediate loss of her longtime boyfriend, but I stumbled on the idea of having her deal with her difficult, truly mourning cousins. The idea of the 'journey' novel during which the actual traveling echoes an inward journey is not new, but it's effective, I think, because it's so often true. Traveling takes you out of your usual routine and allows you to see other options for your life.