Summary (from Goodreads):
“High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they’re moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she’s devastated— he must have an ulterior motive. See, when Zona’s mother married an American, her huge Greek family cut off contact. But Zona never knew her mom, and now she’s supposed to uproot her entire life and meet possibly hostile relatives on their turf? Thanks… but no thanks.
In the vein of Anna and the French Kiss, Zona navigates a series of hilarious escapades, eye-opening revelations, and unexpected reunions in a foreign country—all while documenting the trip through one-of-a-kind commentary.”
This book was so sweet and fun! At the same time, though, it’s incredibly good and surprisingly deep.
There are two different ways to enjoy this novel. The first, obviously, is as a travelog, something that makes me absolutely desperate to visit Greece.
And the other way is the fact that Zona is heading to Greece at least in part to spend time with her maternal family, people that she doesn’t know and actually has never even met.
Because her Greek relatives were so bitter that Zona’s mom married her dad, they stopped speaking to her…which means they didn’t know that she died. It’s a lot to deal with, especially since she doesn’t even want to leave her life behind to begin with.
I was happy to see that there’s a companion novel and I hope to be reading that soon.