White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner

Tally is a 16 year old girl who has never lived in the same place for more than a few months.  When her father dropped her off to ‘get to know her grandmother’ while he went treasure hunting in Europe, her life took a weird turn.

She came home one afternoon to find her grandmother dead, and social services moved her in with her all-too-ordinary cousins.

What is life like behind the white picket fence?  Tally discovers that behind the ‘nice normal life’ of her aunt and uncle’s home is a mystery that could destroy her cousin, Chase, if the truth doesn’t come out.  With the help of two holocaust survivors, Tally and Chase learn their family story and Chase’s own scary history.

Have you ever wished you could live a ‘normal’ life?  I loved this book for many reasons – they boil down to this:  Susan Meissner writes with a very high level of emotional maturity.  She really gets people and all the mess we can create for ourselves when we are trying so hard to be ‘normal’.

I found part of the plot resolution to be terribly convenient, but I think it is outweighed by the depth of value created by the honest level that Susan writes – particularly when it pertains to the teens in the story.  This was a great read.

I have one copy of this book to give away.  I’d like to create a little conversation on my blog, so here’s the deal – share one thing you consider ‘white picket fence normal’ that you would love to add to your life.

Here’s mine:  I’d love to have a clean sink and no dirty dishes every day, instead of dishes in the sink almost all the time.  On November 23, I’ll pick one person at random from the respondents.

Want to buy the book?  You can buy it here:  Random House or Amazon.com

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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