Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Netgalley Review - Torn Away, by Jennifer Brown






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20878454-see-through-me
 
Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with relatives she hardly knows-family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

In this powerful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown delivers a story of love, loss, hope, and survival.


Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository


My Review: 

Living in Ontario, Canada, I do not see much tornado action. Except, of course, a few months after moving to Angus, we get a tornado, the likes of which this area had not seen since 1985, I was told. 

Thankfully, outside of our fences being ripped off the ground, and a lot of debris to clean up and the loss of a tree on our property, we did not suffer many damages.. not like our neighbours some blocks over. No one was seriously injured, though, or killed, from what I understand, but it was stupefying, humbling and very scary nonetheless. 

I ended up reading this novel after this happened, and I think that the experience allowed me to relate a bit more to this story. Though, in all honesty, I think that I would have been as emotional regardless, as the author was incredibly talented of conveying emotions in this novel.

Frankly, I can't imagine what it is like to lose everything in a matter of minutes. To have such a destructive force of nature take everything dear to you - your loved ones, your home, your possessions... And I certainly can't fathom that kind of loss as experienced by a teenage girl.  

This novel was incredibly emotional and do raw, it left me breathless and exhausted.  From the utter shock, to the unspeakable grief and then injustice of Jersey's situation... I could barely recover from one emotion, before being assaulted by the next.  I have never wished so hard for a fictional character to find a happy ending the way that I did for Jersey. 

From heartfelt tears, to justified anger and the blossoming promise of hope, I walked this journey with Jersey Cameron as she opened her heart, and welcomed in all the positives that did come out of such a horrible situation. 

This was a wonderful story about grief, second chances and finding out that you have a strength inside you to overcome just about anything and I recommend it for readers of all ages.

I give 'Torn Away' 4 bright Stars!


Happy Reading!




 About this Author:


Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer's debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfect Ten," and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association's Thumbs Up! Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association's Taysha's high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association's Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Jennifer's second novel, BITTER END, (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha's high school reading list pick as well.



Author Links: Goodreads / Website

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