Torn Away

Torn Away

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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
ISBN: 9780316245531
Branch Call Number: YA BRO
Characteristics: 276 pages ;,22 cm.

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carverJ
Nov 13, 2017

This book is very lifelike and emotional. It had me crying along characters, but I love this book. I would definitely recommend it.

AL_KATI Nov 26, 2016

Even though I'm terrified of tornadoes, I was way into this book because it felt so real. And really, what other YA books can you think of that have a devastating tornado in it?

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SilverSparrow
Mar 17, 2014

Torn Away is heavy. It sits on your chest and pushes into your core and rattles the floor beneath your feet. From the first pages, you feel it. Most plot lines work / and this almost works \ and it is incredible. The writing, the story… it's quite masterful.

The total lack of light is intense… somehow it keeps you hanging on through the darkness, so attached to Jersey, so angry for and with her, so aching with her, that you can't just let it go.

Tornados have always terrified me. Like Jersey, I have lived in towns where tornado alarms were sounded often and even now, tornados are one of my worst fears. I think the book captures that feeling, the shakiness, the shrug of it at first, perfectly.

Jersey's journey is heartbreaking yet incredible. It's absolutely terrible and the emotions reach inside you and shake you until all you want to do is punch a hole in a wall or scratch someone's face off. (that's alluding to the book… okay… whoops sorry) Yet there were bits and pieces that made my heart melt. The drawings and memories on gum wrappers, the scene in the book store, the hair dye, the card games… and her strength! I liked it because it was realistic-- she was so weak and so so strong at the same time. It inspired me and it made me think and wonder and hope for my own life.

This is an incredible book and I am so lucky and thankful I got this Advanced Reading Copy!

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Aug 15, 2015

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SilverSparrow
Mar 17, 2014

Jersey Cameron's life is super normal- until a tornado hits. Jersey's world is completely rocked as she loses everything- except herself. Alone and homeless, Jersey is sent to live with her biological father and his entire family. There she faces hate and secrets on a back porch. After running away, she is forced to live with her mother's parents who might change everything.

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