Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

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. 

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown”

  1. Omg you need to read Hate List! It’s incredible. And feels inducing 😉
    And, man, I need to read this book. I’ve seen so many amazing reviews for it and all of them rave about how realistic and how powerful it is! Definitely going to bump it up higher on the TBR 😀

    1. I’ll definitely add Hate List to my TBR. It sounds super interesting. Yay! I hope you get a chance to read this one soon.

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