Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 6th 2014)
Hardcover: 288 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives — but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.
In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she’s never considered before — one in which her mother wasn’t perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that’s something no tornado can touch.
• There’s something about Jennifer Brown’s novels that makes my emotions run high. I haven’t read a lot of her books, but when I read Thousand Words last year, the book felt like it was something that can happen to anyone. It was realistic and made my stomach turn. I mean I knew what was going to happen, but I didn’t know how realistic it was going to be. Torn Away was my 2nd novel that I read of hers and I felt the same way about Torn Away as I did in Thousand Words.
• It was quite an emotional read. The aftermath was devastating as Jersey tries to find her mom and her sister Marin. Her stepdad, Ronnie, walks out on her. He’s a nice guy, but a jerk. Not as much as a jerk as her biological father and his family. I did like how her Aunt Terry tries to be there for her. She’s the only one that tried to sympathize with Jersey while everyone else just tells her to STFU. I couldn’t really connect to Jersey because I never had something like a tornado ripping through my hometown and destroying everything (California is 100% sunshine that comes with unpredictable rainfall every now and then). It was hard trying not to sniffle a cry as Jersey tries to find a place to stay after she hears the news of her mom and Marni. It really broke my heart.
• The book is intense. There wasn’t a lot of romance, but I liked how worried Kolby was about her even though he should be worried about the cut on his arm. I also liked how she was constantly trying to keep track of her friends and hoping for the best outcomes. I didn’t really like Clay’s family. They were everything you’d hate about them. Reminds me of the Durslsey’s a bit. However, I’m so glad that her mother’s parents were looking for her even though her mother didn’t feel the need to tell her that they still cared after everything that’s happened.
• I loved how realistic the book was. I loved Jersey trying to figure out what to do in the aftermath of an emergency. Trying to find someplace where she be safe.