Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Then Things Fell Apart

Keek is having the worst summer of her life so far. It's the summer of her 15th year, and her parents are splitting up because her dad cheated on her mom with Keek's best friend. She and her boyfriend had a fight and he may be not speaking to her or he may just be unable to reach her because her phone is broken (she may have thrown it against a wall). She is stuck at her grandmother's with a wicked case of chicken pox and there is no Internet access. All she has is a 103 degree fever, a typewriter and a well-loved copy of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. In her isolation, Keek has plenty of time to think about her life, and the insights she comes up with are both enlightened and hilarious. Read And Then Things Fall Apart for a tender, realistic, laugh-out-loud story of a teen forced by circumstances into an extended period of introspection.

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