Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review ~ Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Torn Away
by Jennifer Brown

Synopsis 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.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Jersey Cameron is your typical teenager living in Midwest America, when one day a devastating tornado tears through her town leaving behind mass destruction and loss of lives.  Among the deaths were her mother and step-sister, leaving Jersey grieving and dealing with feelings of guilt.  Her grief and despair are compounded even more when her step-father dumps her with biological alcoholic father and his crazy, psychotic family. Things only get worse from there leaving Jersey homeless and no family to turn to….or so she thought. 

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown is a beautiful, well-written novel that eloquently captured the reality of surviving a massive tornado, dealing with the aftermath and the grief of losing loved ones. Not only is it a story of loss, it is also a story of overcoming the feelings of despair even when you think it could not get any worse.  It is also a story about family and the love that comes from having a family that truly is in your heart.  The story grabbed hold of me from the first page and didn't let go until the last page.   This one touched me like no other and stirred so many emotions within me.   I highly recommend having a box of tissues nearby as you’re more than likely going to need them.  This story will resonate with you long after you finish reading it and you will definitely re-evaluate your life and re-determine what really is important to you.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up 
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316245534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316245531

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