Dear Zoe Book Summary and Study Guide

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"Tess" is a fifteen-year old struggling with split families, school, sex and drugs, and the unexpected death of her baby sister, Zoe.
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Zoe's death throws Tess's family into a state of utter confusion: her step-father now works late, her mother sleeps all the time, and her little sister, Em, is left alone. Meanwhile, Tess falls into a state of unrelenting guilt; she feels as if she is responsible for Zoe's death. As a result, Tess decides to move in with her biological father for a while, to find the space she needs to grieve and find acceptance. At her father's house, she discovers pot, her neighbor/boyfriend, Jimmy Freeze, and sex.

Ultimately, Tess realizes that she needs to move back home with her mother and step-father; she finds a purpose in being there emotionally for Em. And, Tess finds a certain comfort when the entire family decides to go to counseling and learns to grieve together.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   brother/sisters

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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