Torn Away

Torn Away 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 wher

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 bJersey 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.

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  1. 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 s debut novel, HATE LIST Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009 received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association s Thumbs Up Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association s Taysha s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC Jennifer s second novel, BITTER END, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011 received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha s high school reading list pick as well.Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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  1. You mean I could have lost everything I ever cared about Bad news, that s already happened Or do you mean worse like I could have died Because that would actually have been better I should have died with them I wish I had died with them This book is absolutely gut wrenching It has one of the best portrayals of a teenager in a book I ve ever come across There s just no getting around the fact that it was damned depressing, kind of in a well, my day WAS a ray of sunshine until I read this book and [...]


  2. This is one of those rare books that touched me to my very core Jersey s tragic loss makes you realize what s really important in life, and re defines your priorities I ve been a fan of Jennifer Brown since the first one I read, but Torn Away is definitely my favorite thus far To get the best experience out of this book I recommend only skimming the blurb or not reading it at all I only read it afterwards, myself, and find it sums up too much of the story Not having a clue what s coming next for [...]


  3. 4 Stars I realized that the worst part of someone you love dying suddenly isn t the saying good bye part It s the part where you wonder if they knew how much you loved them It s the part where you hope you said and did enough good stuff to make up for the bad stuff It s the part where there are no second chances, no going back, no opportunities to tell them how you feel about them Torn Away was a gut wrenching story about life, loss, grief, but also about family, friends, finding your inner str [...]


  4. Torn Away was a powerful, heartbreaking experience I read Rashika s review of this, and while I acknowledged that it would be a sad read, I didn t expect it to hit me with waves and waves of emotions Jersey s story of losing everyone and everything to the tornado affected me way than I expected, as her reaction to what happened felt very familiar to me I recognized her struggles very well, as I see in her many of my family and friends who lost people to various natural disasters.As you all know [...]


  5. See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsJennifer Brown, where have you been all my life Torn Away takes the YA genre to the next level It s predominantly a story about finding hope, which was written in the most realistic and heartbreaking ly beautiful manner I found myself crying for the sad and dark sections, but I was also chocking up in the happy parts.We had drills twice a year, every year, in school We talked about it in class We talked about it at home The newscasters reminded us We went to the [...]


  6. This review has also been posted on The Social Potato But we d never not once discussed what to do after This book is one tough nut to review, mostly because after finishing it you will not feel like a tough nut, you ll feel like someone has smashed your insides and you ll have no idea what to do or read Or at least that was the case for me.I ve had my eyes on Jennifer Brown s works for some time now, but for some reason, I still hadn t picked up any of her works Then Torn Away came This book ch [...]


  7. I was NOT prepared for this At all Obviously, when you pick this book up, you know it won t be all rainbows and happiness I mean, it is about a natural disaster, so this should warn you that you re entering dangerous zones Well, believe me, this warning isn t even close to preparing you for what you re about to read, and I learned this the hard way From the second the storm begins, Jersey s life turns to horror She watches as her family destroys itself and leaves her all alone, without her frien [...]


  8. Wow, that was devastating and incredible.Jersey looses everything after a Tornado rips through her small town and takes her whole neighbourhood with it With no idea how her friends are doing, where her family is, and no place to live, Jersey needs to fend for herself and figure out what her next steps will be after all the devastation This short book packs a huge punch and is full of unexpected emotional abuse for me I cried while reading it, and I stayed up pretty late finishing it I couldn t p [...]


  9. Jersey s life is flipped upside down, literally, when a massive tornado rips the foundation of her family home in ways than one She is left to find a new path in life and with the support or lack thereof from complete strangers who happen to be related to her In this journey, Jersey comes to terms with her life and the role that she has played in it, and before it is all over, she is then introduced to the other side of her family, still strangers to her, and it is there that she makes a huge t [...]


  10. Plein d motions sur la fin, un livre captivant et qui se d vore en un rien de temps mais pas encore tout fait un coup de coeur Mais vraiment, tr s heureuse d avoir lu ce livre a change de Hate List que je n avais pas vraiment aim Je recommande


  11. A free copy of this book was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review BR with my lovely Carolina


  12. Torn Away was the second book by Jennifer Brown that I ve read and it sure as hell won t be the last Something about her writing just resonates with me on a level that I don t experience often with book The story, the words they give me so many feels I barely know what do with them.It wasn t any different with Torn Away Maybe because the stories are so character driven and don t rely on over the top drama or an overload on events and twists and turns Whatever it is, this book made me live throug [...]


  13. Read it in one night Cried like a baby It s AMAZING and heartbreakingJersey has lived through a natural disaster and she s lost everything literally everything Her home, her town, her family Now she s being taken in by relatives who don t really want her and who she really doesn t know She s learning things about her mother s past that she never knew And finding out hard truths about her future.My Thoughts THIS BOOK You know how there are some books that make you cry at the end Well this is not [...]


  14. Torn Away is one of those books that I liked despite their small faults and them being a little bit unrealistic The tragic tale of Jersey Cameron touched me deeply.Jersey is such a likable character, maybe because she is so normal She is neither a social outcast nor the queen bee but something in between She grows up in one of those patchwork families Her dad left them when she was just a Baby, her Mom remarried a few years later and now Jersey is stuck with a new stepfather and a very young hal [...]


  15. This book is so good but so so good There s no many words to say about how you ll get transported to this story.It s intense, heart broking, sad but you have hope too And is extraordinary how the author can make you feel the emotions, like you were there like you were in the middle of a tornado I honestly, wasn t expecting such an intense point of view The way Jersey describes things in her point of view is so sad, and you feel powerless, but amazing at the same time how you can feel what she s [...]


  16. Even though the synopsis pretty much sums up the entire read Torn Away ended up being something so much The story follows the main character Jersey, who has had her entire world flipped upside down by a horrific natural disaster She is the only survivor of her family as well as her stepfather after a massive tornado hits her hometown After being left to mourn her Mother and sister Jersey is left to pick up the pieces alone and devastated Meanwhile, she moves in with her estranged father and his [...]


  17. See this review and on my blog, LilybloombooksI keep thinking back to the first time I saw Torn Away pop up on my feed It was something, at the time, that I didn t think I was ready for, emotionally No clue why just a nagging feeling that I would not handle this book well.And well, I was right.There are not many books that make me cry I am not talking about tearing up, one tear sliding down the cheek cry I am talking full blown out ugly crying With every chapter, I found myself holding my breat [...]


  18. Jennifer Brown has got to be one of my favourite authors of young adult novels This book was fantastic The emotion was real, the descriptions of everything so vivid So vivid that parts were hard to read My heart broke for Jersey from the start She s a normal girl almost done high school for the summer when anyone s worst nightmare zones in the form of a tornado I couldn t imagine her pain and despair as she is at what is left of her house, sleeping under the pool table in a rain soaked basement [...]


  19. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum ARC received from NetGalley Thank you NetGalley Jersey lost everything in the tornado Her house, her sister, her mother Her entire life was changed in a matter of moments With all of her wordly possessions able to fit in a backpack, Jersey is sent to live with family she has never knownand has to come to terms with her family s true history.I read this one a couple of weeks ago and somehow never got around to writing a review Today I log on to Facebook to [...]


  20. 2.5 StarsI have had this book on my TBR for areallylong time and I m disappointed to say that I m well, disappointed On the whole, I couldn t get myself emotionally invested into the story and I never really connected to the main character This isn t to say that it wouldn t be an emotional and heartbreaking story for others but personally for me, I couldn t enjoy it.The main character felt very distant to me in the way that I couldn t really see into her character I felt like I was watching her [...]


  21. WOW was this book ever not what I thought it would be It s advertised as tornado grief survival I love natural disaster stories and I love strong female characters and I love gritty emotion and this book PROMISED ME THESE THINGSSSI am angered Bad writing makes me so very angry Especially when I buy it in hardcover This was so poorly written I am mind blown by how bad the writing was Agog I am agog Every little bit of this was outrageous The characters the dialogue oh God the dialogue the prose t [...]


  22. This really resounded with me, probably because I live in Kansas City and I grew up with tornado weather being a big part of my life The writing was so realistic, and obviously Jennifer Brown is a badass with terrific chops for story lines This is YA but I think it s great for adults as well.


  23. Growing up, we were taught over and over again what steps to take in case of an approaching tornado Listen for sirens, go to your basement or cellar, or a closet in the center of your house, duck and cover, wait it out We had drills twice a year, every year, in school We talked about it in class We talked about it at home The newscasters reminded us We went to the basement We practiced, practiced, practiced.But we d never not once discussed what to do after.Torn Away by Jennifer Brown has been o [...]


  24. The set up, opener and first half of this book is stunning and mesmerising The storm hurricane is captured so powerfully as a massive force of nature and it was brilliant to be in this electrifying and all encompassing wild weather event alongside our teen MC, Jersey Who doesn t love a good storm, hey It wasn t just the storm that drew me in the writing is nuanced and engaged all my senses Then there s the storm fall out Jersey was alone during the storm and she sets out to see if her mum, siste [...]


  25. Torn Away was a sad, but good read Jersey was a really strong character Everything she was going through was horrible, so i felt really sorry for her Her dad and the rest of Jersey s paternal family were awful.I thought her step sisters had a serious attitude problem When their and Jersey s dad, and the girls mum came into it, you could tell where they got it from Jersey s other grandparents were really nice though I could see why Jersey was wary of them, and was being defensive but she was bein [...]


  26. 12 20Une catastrophe naturelle qui emporte tout sur son passage, voil de quoi parle Tornade Cet v nement va changer la vie de Jersey qui va devoir se battre pour tre accept e, pour retrouver une vie normale J ai t touch e par cette jeune fille et par ce qu elle traverse mais bien trop souvent agac e par tous les personnages qui gravitent autour d elle Pas encore enti rement convaincue par les romans de Jennifer Brown.Ma chronique myprettybooks.wordpress 2


  27. Heart breaking and tragic, Jersey goes through so much pain and loss that you couldn t blame her at all Understanding what it means to lose everything is something she tries to understand I can t even imagine having to go through tornado warnings on a daily basis How terribly frightening This is a must read if you re looking for a realistic read.



  28. Growing up, we were taught over and over again what steps to take in case of an approaching tornado Listen for sirens, go to your basement or cellar, or a closet in the center of your house, duck and cover, wait it out We had drills twice a year, every year, in school We talked about it in class We talked about it at home The newscasters reminded us We went to the basement We practiced, practiced, practiced.But we d never not once discussed what to do after JerseyRating 4 1 2 StarsJersey is your [...]


  29. For an Edited review go to Blame it on the Book In celebration of the Into the Storm coming out Friday I decided to finally read Torn Away to prepare my mind for storms and turmoil I should have read other peoples review BEFORE I started, then I would have been warned of how it would break my heart I was expecting tornadoes and suspense and while there was a tornado there wasn t a lot of suspense.The story starts off with a strong premonition that something awful was going to happen We see every [...]


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