Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Title: Torn Away
Author: Jennifer Brown
Published: 05.06.14
Pages: 288
Acquired: Library 
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating: 4.5


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:

Wow is the first thing that comes to mind about this book! This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster of a ride! It is only 288 pages, but man on man does so much happen in those 288 pages. This is one of those books that not only a very enjoyable read, but one that makes you think about life in general. I really hope some of have read this book, because its a book that deserves to be talked about. And what made me enjoy even more, was reading the authors notes about how and why she decided to write this book. To have taken a real life event and turning it into a a beautiful work of fiction is amazing!

As a California girl, I have heard about the devastating tornadoes and hurricanes that affect other parts of the country, however since it is thousands of miles away, I don't we could fully understand the impact it has on the communities and the people they effect. Well that is until I read this book. It is a beautiful story about a girl who not only loses her home, but her mother and little sister in a devastating tornado. Heart broken from the loss, her step-father decides he can't raise her and send her to live with her biological father who abandoned her.

The struggle that Jersey goes through was very real and very moving. Honestly I don't think I went more than a few pages without shedding some tears. Torn Away was an honest portrayal of the impact of natural disasters and one that I am so thankful to have read. 


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