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Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Wow. I'm... speechless. This book is just... wow.
This would be the second book from Jennifer Brown that I read this year. And I could definitely see myself reading more of her works. 'Cuz this book just made me speechless. I don't know where to start, so I'll just narrow it down from the start.
It threw me out of orbit when everything happened so fast. I'm not saying that's a bad thing tho. In fact, I could say that I appreciate the story even in the very beginning. Living here in the Philippines, I've experienced times where hurricanes and tropical storms threw down wires, trees. Flew roofs away from homes. You could say that Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan is definitely some of the worst case scenarios I've experienced to see. But reading about this book made me feel as if I'm in Jersey's shoes. I felt her fear, her anxiousness, her hope, her desire for everything to go back the way it was.
"Please, Mom," I said aloud, "be out there somewhere. Be alive. Come find me."
It broke my heart seeing her like this. From the moment that the tornado came and the aftermath. Especially the aftermath. I couldn't think of myself in that kind of position and yet it does happen, and it recently happened in the states. It definitely shook my state of mind. Especially since I could feel Jersey's heartache after what happened.
"I realized that the worst part of someone you love dying suddenly isn't the saying goodbye part. It's the part where you wonder if they knew how much you love them."
I felt an instant connection with Jersey. I can feel just how much she loves her mother, and
In order for me to review this without any spoilers, I would have to skip talking about what happened after. Instead, let me share you to you what I felt all throughout the story.
As I see myself reading Jersey's story, I imagined myself in her shoes. To be in pain and being hopeless and alone is probably the worst thing that could happen to a teenager. I understood every move that she made despite how sometimes it became selfish. If I were in a her position and be surrounded by people I don't know and giving me nothing but heartache and dissing about her life, her past, her family, her mom. I can't blame her for what she did and what she had to do.But in the end, I saw her heal. I saw the girl who lost everything get back on her feet and accept her new life. Granted it had a lot of downs rather than ups. But her development to me was the most important.
"Marin is my sister, I wrote. I felt better"
WHY DO I RECOMMEND IT?
Torn Away is one of those thought-provokers that make you realize just how much you could lose everything and yet still become happy in the end. Granted losing everything would be terrifying and scary. Sometimes fate works a lot of ways to make sure that we will appreciate everything in life, even if we lost a lot. I learned a lot with this book. It made me feel grateful for life, family and friends. Something that's rare to find these days. I definitely would recommend this to everyone I know :D
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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 writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.
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