"Don't read this for the plot; read it for the sensitive explorations of character and emotion in a family under stress."
"Many kids wish something would move their family into sudden intimacy; there's therefore a fair bit of vicarious satisfaction as well as readability in this tale of a family that finds new bonds."
From the Publisher
Fourteen-year-old Lori feels that the only thing connecting her to her older brother, Chuck, is their inspirational speaker mother--and even that connection is tenuous at best. Ever since the death of their father eight years ago, Lori has felt more and more distant from Chuck, and so she is less then thrilled when her mother arranges for the siblings to accompany her on one of her speaking tours. As the trio spend time together, they find a way to come to terms with the stress and unhappiness that pervades their family life. This story is told in alternating chapters by Lori and Chuck with occasional commentary from their mother.
An overweight fifteen-year-old boy and his popular younger sister begin to overcome their guilt over their father's death and reconnect with their mother when they accompany her on a two-week speaking tour.