Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Essence McKree feels older than any seventeen-year-old she knows. Ever since weed was legalized, Mom has been working in a pot shop, high more often than not. Lately it’s been up to Essa to care for her nine-year-old sister, Puck.When Essa meets Oliver—a brainy indoor type, in town for the summer—she is cautious at first, distrustful oBorn and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Essence McKree feels older than any seventeen-year-old she knows. Ever since weed was legalized, Mom has been working in a pot shop, high more often than not. Lately it’s been up to Essa to care for her nine-year-old sister, Puck.When Essa meets Oliver—a brainy indoor type, in town for the summer—she is cautious at first, distrustful of the tourist crowd and suspicious of Oliver’s mysterious past in Chicago. But Puck is charmed and pushes Essa toward him. Soon Essa finds herself showing Oliver the Boulder she has forgotten: the mountain parties, the long hikes…and at Oliver’s urging, the exploration of Buddhism at the local zendo.When Oliver agrees to accompany Essa on a three-day survival game in the Rocky Mountains, she feels a lightness she hasn’t known in a long time. Then she discovers that Puck has stowed away and followed them into the wilderness. After spending a night stuck in a mountain storm, Essa wakes to find Puck missing. Now Essa must rely on her newfound spiritual strength if she is to save her sister’s life, and ultimately her own....
|Title||:||Zen and Gone|
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Zen and Gone Reviews
Essa may still be in high school, but she’s the breadwinner and most reliable person in the family. Her mom can barely keep a job, is in and out of relationships, smokes pot and drinks alcohol, and lives in her own fantasy land 24/7. That leaves Essa to watch over her little sister Puck who is a wild child in a carefree sense. When new guy Oliver moves into town and gets a job at the kite shop where Essa works, Essa slowly begins to form a bond with him over a similar fear for their sisters. It isn’t until Essa and her friends go on a hike that they realize Puck has tagged alone, and during the middle of the night, Essa’s fear for her sister comes true.I liked this story at first. The Zen incorporation captured my attention as well as the whimsical town of Boulder surrounded by miles of mountains and forests. Even the descriptions of stores had a magical feel to it. The landscape was golden, but the characters on the other hand were a disappointment.At first, I felt an attachment to Essa and understood her fears and frustrations with taking care of her mom and sister. But then Oliver entered the picture and Essa acted completely different from his point of view. This story was in third person and alternated between Essa and Oliver, and every time Oliver took over, we were introduced to a new Essa than the one before. Plus, all Oliver seemed to do was blush every other sentence which was highly annoying. Essa’s friends Micah and Anish smoked pot all the time and added nothing to the story. I felt indifferent about Puck until the end in which I realized she was nothing but a spoiled brat who manipulated those around her. She wanted her mother and sister to live by her rules, do as she said, and give her attention when she demanded it. I’m not going to mention any spoilers, but this child goes to the extreme to acquire attention.This started off fun, but by the end I was glad it was over since it wasn’t what I expected.I received an ARC of Zen and Gone from Edelweiss.
I liked this book. I really enjoyed the detail that was put into all of the different scenes in this book, and the KITES. I'd probably recommend for the older teen who enjoys mild adventure novels with a little teen romance thrown in. I will note the use of marijuana in the book, by adults, and also teens at times.