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-cou...more
Robin really grows up in this book and her cousins are horrible to her, but you can see them growing up by the end as well. I liked how this book ended as well. Lots of stories end abruptly or just get cut off in a too be continued kind of way. But in Zig-Zag, it ended well.
The reason I only gave this book 3 star ...more
The main character of the book Zig Zag is Robin. The setting is always changing but mostly ...more
The book Zig Zag by Ellen Wittlinger is a book that has a more relaxing plot. The book is laid back in the sense that not much action happens throughout the story, yet the events that take place and the characters within the novel are easy to relate to. It's a story about a girl, Robin, who is not the most privileged, and her boyfriend, Chris, who seems to live in a utopia. His parents have high paying jobs, he’s soon to be attending a “high standar ...more
One of my favorite things in this book was that they traveled through what I will call as "the empty states." I don't mean this in a bad way, but because as a non-US person, I barely hear about these states. These are: Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, northern Texas, and a few more. The book showed me the kind of people that live there as well as where they are in the US map. (I'll admit I know about half of the states' locations. A lot look similar, okay?) I like road trips, so at least half of t ...more
When Robin's boyfriend moves to Rome for the summer, she is left with nothing to do and is bored. He consumes her thoughts constantly until an opportunity comes around. Her aunt, Dory, asks Robin if she wants to go on a car trip from Iowa to California with her and her two spoiled children who just recently lost a father. Since Robin had nothing better to do ...more
This book has many twists and turns while it can be both happy and sad. This author makes the text very exciting and interesting while you also will be suspicious. Robin, Dory, Iris, and Marshall go on a great adventure to all.
Robin has a boyfriend who is leaving for college, and going away for the summer. This puts Robin in position to take a roadtrip with her aunt Dory and cousins Iris and Marshall. They drive to places like Minnesota, Wyoming, and New M ...more
Having been on a cross country trip I can definitely relate to the ups and downs of travelling and was pleased to recognize some of the places and experiences. I don't think it's po ...more
I did like the story though, I love the whole idea of a road trip. The dude ranch sounded like fun, and I loved their stay in New Mexico - oh, there was another character ...more
And luckily, she does, when she goes on a road trip with her depressed aunt and her two cousins, one of which has serious anxiety issues and the other, a combination anorexia and bulimia. Robi ...more
Like a lot of her books, it has a sort of slow start, but once the main character leaves on the road trip with her cousins, the real action begins.
I meant to read this as I was driving from LA to Chicago, but never got around to it until 3 months later. I wish I had read it during my trip, as it just made me have wanderlust again. It's a great book for armchair traveling!
Zig Zag gives a very interesting perspective on life and family. Relationships between parents, step-parents, aunts, cousins, significant partners, and random people create a plot that's twists at the end, creating a drama that I never anticipated.