BW • 6 x 9 • 256 pages
Grades: 9 to 12 / Ages: 14 to 18

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-77138-793-4 | May 2, 2017
List Price:
USD $17.95, CAD $18.95

Just A Normal Tuesday

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.


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Reviews & Awards


“The anguish of loss. The hope in recovery. A brave, real, impassioned debut.”
— Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank, October 2016

“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, October 2016

“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, October 2016

“… 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, March 2017

“... an honest, and gut-wrenching story of death, grief and healing.”
CM Magazine, April 2017

“Centering on an underdeveloped topic in YA fiction, this title is a must-buy for all teen collections.”
School Library Journal, May 2017

“… Kim Turrisi does an especially fine job of capturing the surreal shock inherent in the aftermath of losing a close family member …”
The Globe and Mail, June 2017

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Dealing with feelings


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dealing with emotions
sibling relationships