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by Amy Kathleen Ryan

eBook Zen and Xander Undone download ISBN: 0547062486
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1480 kb
Fb2: 1651 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Teenager
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction

Zen and Xander undone, by Amy Kathleen Ryan. Her bloodshot eyes traveled to the corner where Xander and Adam were sitting. Xander had closed her eyes and was leaning her head back against the windowsill.

Zen and Xander undone, by Amy Kathleen Ryan. p. cm. Summary: Two teenage sisters try to come to terms with the death of their mother in very different ways. Adam stared at her, fascination pulling his lightweight frame toward her while something else held him back. Grandma cleared her throat.

ZEN & XANDER UNDONE is an excellent addition to any collection of books for teenage girls

ZEN & XANDER UNDONE is an excellent addition to any collection of books for teenage girls. Amy Kathleen Ryan takes readers on an emotional ride as her believable characters face the challenge of surviving the loss of their mother and finding a way to move on toward whatever the future might hold. She combines heartbreaking emotions with humor and a bit of fun to capture readers and take them into the lives of Zen and Xander.

I hate cheesecake op of it because they’re always too cold and they hurt my teeth, and the cake itself is like plaster. I break it up with my fork to make it look like I’m eating it. Don’t you like it?. There’s a dab of cherry sauce on his nose, but I don’t know how to tell him. I thought that all women loved cheesecake. I could lie. Xander probably would

Zen and Xander Undone book. Well this has certainly been a Amy Kathleen Ryan month

Zen and Xander Undone book. Zen and Xander are sisters-truly, madly, deeply sisters, and. Well this has certainly been a Amy Kathleen Ryan month. Having finished Glow and Spark I immediately went into this one since with how short it was I knew it'd be a fast read and in that it did deliver. Still even for a really short book in a way it felt too long.

Zen and Xander are sisters-truly, madly, deeply sisters, and this is their last summer together. Zen is the "good" girl with a black belt in karate and a newfound penchant for kicking heads. Xander is a wild scientific genius with a self-destructive streak a light-year long. Zen and Xander are sisters-truly, madly, deeply sisters, and this is their last summer together.

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Amy Kathleen Ryan earned an . in English literature and graduated from the New School Creative Writing for Children Program. She now lives with her family in Colorado. More Author Information.

Before Zen and Xander's mom Marie died, she Made Important Arrangements. The girls receive loving, chatty, spookily appropriate advice-filled letters from her on important dates, and she pre-purchased a perfect prom dress for normally dance-eschewing Zen. Sadly and realistically, no amount of careful planning could prevent Zen, Xander and their dad, James, from losing themselves in grief, so one year after Marie's funeral, James still wallows in the basement, Zen's barely controlled anger finds a dangerous outlet in her black-belt skills and Xander loses herself in drink, drugs.

Zen and Xander Vogel are sisters-truly, madly, deeply sisters and this is their last summer together before Xander goes away to college

Zen and Xander Vogel are sisters-truly, madly, deeply sisters and this is their last summer together before Xander goes away to college. Zen: Dependable Responsible The "good girl" Has a black belt in karate and maybe a crush on the boy next door. Xander: Wild Self-destructive Math genius Spiraling out of control and deliberately ignoring the boy next door. Before Zen and Xander's mom Marie died, she Made Important Arrangements.

Zen and Xander are sisters—truly, madly, deeply sisters, and this is their last summer together. Zen is the "good" girl with a black belt in karate and a newfound penchant for kicking heads. Xander is a wild scientific genius with a self-destructive streak a light-year long. They have three things in common: they’re brown-eyed blondes, they’ve noticed the boy next door has turned into a hottie, and they miss their mom, who died almost a year ago. These sisters are surviving just fine—except Zen keeps getting into fights that are harder and harder to finish, while Xander spirals into a vortex of late-night parties, scary men, and drugs. What’s worse, Xander has scholarships to the most coveted universities in the country, but she’s about to ruin everything. Should Zen keep trying to protect Xander, or finally let her go?
Comments: (4)
Brick my own
Ryan's May release Zen and Xander undone is one novel that packes one hell of an emotion punch. From the book description I anticipated a heart wrenching story of loss for these two girls that becomes their undoing. What I did not anticipate was that the true under lieing storyline of a young girl that is struggling with the loss of everything in her life. Because of the lifestyle and choices of poison it is an immediate concern for the future of Xander the older out of control eighteen year old, but the reader slowly learns that Zen is in more trouble than at first sight. Zen has not only lost her mother, but she is now facing the loss of her sister and her deeply depressed father. This book reminded me a lot of P.S. I Love You, because of the letters that Zen and Xanders mother prepares before her death. This was a careful crafted story line that is deeply emotional, and will pull the reader through by the heart strings. The amount of saddness and despair in the one small book is unreal. I especially felt sad for Xander when it becomes clear that Adam is in love with Xander. It seems as though this character is always being left behind. This is the first novel that I have ever read that has the main character doing all of the talking, but it is mainly about the side characters story. Everything seems to be about Xander, but you discover that under the story Xander feelings show through. The story then takes a definetly turn, to the mystery and mission of their Mother. After having stolen their mothers will records from the lawyer, they find that I may not really know their mother. This turns into a disasterious mission to discover their mothers secrets. Only what they find is that everyone has secrets, and when you don't know all of the details it is easy to make presumptions and judge unfairly; somethings are better left buried. As my first novel by Amy Kathleen Ryan I have to say that I am quite impressed by this authors ability. Such deep feeling is intertwined in her writing that it left me craving more. I look forward to seeing what she can come up with in the future. As for my cover note on this novel it was pretty self explanatory without reading the novel. Mine is the cover previewing two girls one with makeup, jewelry, and looking like shes on the prowl which my guess is Xander; while the other is innocent and sweet I perceived this to be Zen. Not a lot hidden in the cover, but definetly beautiful and will attract a lot of attention.
**Special Thanks to Houghton Mifflin for my review copy of this book!!
Lemana
Two sisters who are totally different join together to solve a mystery. After the death of their mother less than a year ago, Zen (Athena) and Xander (Alexandra) are looking for ways to carry on. Their father is hiding out in his new basement bedroom and pretty much ignoring the girls.

Xander is and has always been the wild one, but since their mother's death her behavior has become completely defiant and even dangerous. Zen is worried.

Zen is all about control. Her interest in martial arts is just one example. The discipline, the ceremony, and the rigid standards are perfect for her. The emotional upheaval of losing her mother has her searching for stability.

The girls begin receiving letters and packages from their mother, sent by a mysterious someone. The items arrive on special occasions like Christmas, Mother's Day, and birthdays. When Zen and Xander attempt to discover the identity of the mysterious sender, they stumble across a secret life their mother has hidden for years. Did she have an affair? How long did it last? Was their parents' marriage in jeopardy?

In an effort to uncover the secret, the girls question neighbors, relatives, and even the family lawyer. They are determined to find the answers they seek no matter the consequences.

ZEN & XANDER UNDONE is an excellent addition to any collection of books for teenage girls. Amy Kathleen Ryan takes readers on an emotional ride as her believable characters face the challenge of surviving the loss of their mother and finding a way to move on toward whatever the future might hold. She combines heartbreaking emotions with humor and a bit of fun to capture readers and take them into the lives of Zen and Xander.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Lesesshe
I really liked this book. When I recieved it for review I wasn't really sure how interesting it was going to be. The names of the characters were nice and unique-how many Zens or Xanders can you think of? The two sisters fought as any sisters would, and loved each other underneath the outward tension exactly like siblings do. They were portrayed perfectly.
Xander's volatile nature drags the plot along, and if it weren't for her, there would not be much of a story. It is she that wants to find out about her mom's past and insists on getting involved with the wrong sort of people. Zen is sort of just along for the ride, but fighting to get off and take her sister off with her.
There was something about this book that was missing. I can't say what exactly, but it was lacking a little...Oomph. The extra bit that would make it amazingly memorable. As is, it's better than average.
Jark
This is a really well written, focused look at a family coming to grips with the death of a loved one. Mostly it focuses on the 2 sisters, who deal with their grief in dramatically different (and dangerous) ways. Both sisters are wonderfully realized characters and all the secondary characters are fleshed out as well. The story moves forward through the girls discovery that their recently deceased mother may have been hiding something from them. In trying to find out about this secret, the girls attempt to come to grips with their mother's past and her death, a grief-stricken absent father and their own fragile emotional states. The actions of both girls always rings true, even in the somewhat ambiguous ending to a romantic subplot. I'd love to read more about these characters.