Torn Away {Book review}


Publish Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Jennifer Brown
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

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 – Summary from Goodreads

**Thank you, Netgalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Y’all… this book. IT GETS ALL THE STARS!!! *sighs* It started out innocently; I downloaded the kindle app onto my phone since I let my mom borrow my kindle for a trip {she’s in Australia…thanks for the invite, MOM! *gives stink eye*} and I saw some ARCs I’d uploaded from Netgalley. I’d forgotten about them. Anyway, I clicked on this one, not intending to actually read it on my phone, but before I knew it I was sobbing uncontrollably.

Torn Away hits you in the feels from the word tornado. Jersey {such a cool name, btdub} was such relatable main character. She was your typical teen who just wanted to be lazy and watch tv, who didn’t want to be bothered by her 5-year-old sister and took everything for granted. She reminded me of me at 16. But Jersey’s life got ripped apart in a matter of minutes and what happened to her after the storm was just gut wrenching.

This isn’t a feel good book. You wont pick this up and feel light after reading it. This is a book about tragic loss and grief. It’s about discovery and the meaning of what makes family, family. It reminds you that love can be found where you least expect it, when you least expect it. It’s about hope. This is a book that will stay with me forever.

Jennifer Brown really made me think after I finished reading. My mom always tells me that we are never promised tomorrow. And she’s right. You’re given this one life, this one chance to tell people you love them and to do things that make you happy. I don’t want to have any regrets, you know? Jersey had her regrets and it broke my heart.

Phew, that was heavy. Sorry guys. Heavy review for a heavy book.

So, if you’re looking for a book that is real, gives you feels and makes you take stock of your life, then this is your book!

Ps. I love you.


5 thoughts on “Torn Away {Book review}

  1. I hate sad emotional books because I get all puffy and runny nose, but I might just try this out! I enjoy a book of discovery, great review.

    Also, I would definitely give my mom the stinky eye if she left me here to go on vacation to Australia. I have a thing for Aussies! lol.

    • Thank you!! Tell me about it! I was puffy eyed and sniffling all this morning as I finished the book at work. It was SO good even though it was sad. Definitely worth reading.

      Haha! She’s there for about 3 weeks. Must be nice πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve been staring at this since I joined netgalley after debating for ages whether to request or not…looks like I should!

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