Who's ready for a vacation? LayOver, a novel written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer, is a book for teenage and adult readers. This is the story of three siblings by the names of Amos, Flynn, and Poppy and how they are learning to survive being a part of divorced families. The story starts out at the beginning of Christmas break with everyone preparing and heading for vacation when the children learn a sad turn of events dealing with their parents. These three children decide to go off on their own from the airport with no cell phones, and their journey begins even though they have very little money. They learn many things about their family. Flynn learns that often things that look like fun are not really, Amos learns what it really means to be a brother, and Poppy learns and realizes that things do change.
LayOver is a coming-of-age novel that is written for teens, but I believe adults would like it too. This is a book that teenagers could relate to if they happen to be dealing with or have dealt with the issue of divorce. The authors did a great job of portraying the characters' feelings and emotions through the dialogue and the characters' thoughts. The book cover (jacket) is perfect for it gives the reader a glimpse that this story is about a journey in life. I think a counselor could use this book in working with teens who maybe working on some of the issues that these characters were working through and just trying to survive teenage life. This is a quick read as the chapters are very short and the story is a page-turner.