Zigzag by Ellen Wittlinger

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A summer disappointment turns into a cross-country discovery.

Robin can't believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It's their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won't even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that's ever happened to her.
     Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father's death they've become even more problematic than before.
     Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.

About Ellen Wittlinger

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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Parrotfish, Blind Faith, Sandpiper, Heart on My Sleeve, Zigzag, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and the middle-grade novel Gracie's Girl. She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Haydenville, Massachusetts.
Published July 10, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 284 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Crushed, Robin opts out of her summer job at the Tastee-Freez, instead joining her aunt and bratty cousins on a road trip around the American West.

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with three less-than-desirable companions—her recently widowed aunt and her two bratty younger cousins, Iris and Marshall—isn't Robin's idea of a dream vacation, it beats staying at home in Iowa and working at the Tastee-Freez, especially since her college-bound boyfriend, Chris, will be spending...

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