Wednesday, 25 October 2017

We Are Still Tornadoes by: Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: November 1, 2016 by: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 304
Rating: 4/5 stars



In the summer of 1982, everything is about to change. Scott and Cath have just graduated high school, and vow to keep in touch. With Cath navigating university life, and Scott trying to get his band off the ground, the only thing familiar the two can hold onto are a series of letters they send to each other all year, talking about everything from relationships to families, to annoying roommates. Growing up is difficult, but they can always turn to each other to get through it.

This was a cute little summer read that I was happy to get into! What's unique here is that the entire book is told through the letters that Cath and Seth send to each other. There are no other plots, no other characters sharing their opinions, we only get information from the letters. I thought this was a very interesting concept for the book, and I wasn't even aware it was like this before I started. It was something different, and I appreciated that.

I think this was a very easy read. It was short and sweet, and because of the format, there wasn't much to get confused by and there definitely wasn't an info-dump. It was very two the point, which is why I think this would be the perfect read for a summer, because it gives you that nostalgia of the 80's, mixed with some typical teenage themes.

I think I could relate a lot to this book because I am starting university myself in a few weeks. I could relate to Cath's nervousness and her wanting to hold onto the past, as I myself am very scared for the change and a part of me really wishes to be back in high school. I would recommend this book to anyone going through the same thing at the moment.

Overall, there's not much left to say about this. It was an easy read with a relatable message, nothing overly spectacular, but gave me some insight on growing up that I really needed.

Have you read We Are Still Tornadoes? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

9 comments:

  1. I love this cover! I really like the whole letter thing, I think it can be so cool when done well. I just think it's such an awesome concept. I'm glad you liked this one! I might have to add it to my list.

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    1. It is a really easy format so I find letter novels really great for a reading slump! I hope you do, Brooklyn!

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  2. Letter novels are called epistolary novels *nods sagely.* I have no idea how I know this! ;)

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    1. I’m going to attribute that to information only Cee would know ;)

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    2. Ha, I think my brain is 99% random trivia ;)

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  3. This one sounds like a lovely, light-hearted, coming of age book! The format and premise seem a bit tried-and-tested but I'm glad you enjoyed and could relate to it nevertheless!! xx

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    1. Thanks Ruzaika! I actually haven’t read many books with this format so I appreciated the concept. It was cool!

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  4. This sounds like such a great book! I'm definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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