Zen and Xander Undone

Zen and Xander Undone

by Amy Kathleen Ryan
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Zen and Xander Undone by Amy Kathleen Ryan

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547062488
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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

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Zen and Xander Undone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
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Overall pretty good.......BUT this book is made for 13+...... I found some offensive things, such as zen saying about her late mother, "oh she was just a pain in the butt."-----it also has swearing. But i wanna get the full book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
Sirene Crawford More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. I enjoyed it when i read it in 7th grade.
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