Gem & Dixie

Gem & Dixie

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"A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won't want to let Gem and Dixie go." --Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author of Saint Anything

From renowned author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr comes a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home.

Gem has never known what it is to have security. She's never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence.

Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they've always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie--on their own in Seattle and beyond.

But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she's tried so hard to keep.

"A complex and gripping story centered around the relationship of two sisters from a broken home. This book was so meaningful and realistic" (from the review, which named Gem and Dixie one of the best books of 2017).

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062434593
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Zarr
Characteristics: 282 pages
Alternative Title: Gem and Dixie


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GCPL_Teen Aug 22, 2017

If you have ever struggled to maintain your familial relationships, you will find this book relatable. Sometimes relationships can become toxic. This work of teen fiction details just that: the tension that can develop between two close sisters.

Jun 28, 2017

It's always been Gem and Dixie against the world. They grew up without their father after he left and with their mom that was always out or working. But when their dad shows up out of nowhere it changes everything for the two of them. It makes Gem realize this isn't how she wants to live her life anymore and for Dixie it slowly opens her eyes to see that their family isn't as good as she thought it was. So together they run away and they learn more about each other.
A really good story that really depicts a sister-to-sister relationship and how family is always going to be there for you in the hardest of times. This isn't a happy book but it just showed how life can be at times and how you can push through it. Rating 3 out of 5 stars
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 17, 2017

Heartbreakingly realistic.

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