Book Review: Gem & Dixie

Gem & Dixie Book Review


Title – Gem & Dixie  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Sara Zarr (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 4th 2017

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep. 

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Gem & Dixie grew up with crappy parents. Gem was the oldest and took on the responsibility of looking after Dixie.

When they grow up and grow apart, Gem is conflicted between watching over Dixie and letting her figure it out herself. The older sister is not suppose to be the parent. But how does Gem let that go when that is all she has known?

I found this book to wholly encompass the struggles of two sisters growing up with parents who are not acting like parents. I thought it was wonderfully written. And I loved the conflicted and constantly changing emotion that Gem feels. As a reader I felt those too.

As always, I give no spoilers. But I will say that I very much enjoyed how Gem & Dixie wrapped up. I felt very satisfied.

Last Words:

Gem & Dixie is a young adult story of a less-than-perfect family; a wonderful read and wraps up with a bow.


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