By: Melanie | May 5, 2014 | (25) Comments

Blog Tour: Torn Away

Blog Tour: Torn AwayTorn Away by Jennifer Brown
Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 288
Source: For tour
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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.

Thank you Itching For Books for hosting this tour!
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Jennifer 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 basement. We practiced, practiced, practiced. But we’d never–not one–discussed what to do after.

It has been an extremely long time since I’ve picked up a fiction book to do with natural disasters; so this story line felt really refreshing for me. Jersey Cameron thinks she knows all about tornadoes. She knows when it’s a drill, when it’s the real thing and when one is about to come. But she never even thought about what happens after. When her mother and sister are torn away (see what I did there?) from Jersey by the tornado because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, she felt more lost than ever. Everything she ever called home was gone. Immediately, I could sympathize for Jersey. She’s lost everything she ever had and now is forced to go and live with her biological father who she hasn’t seen in 16 years. Turns out, he was just as bad as Jersey thought. Drunk and rude. His family is no better, they despise her and treat her like trash and Jersey is forced to sleep on the couch on the porch at night.

The strongest aspect of Torn Away was definitely the connection I grew with the characters. I was crying for Jersey during her stay with her biological father, and was grinning my head off whenever there was a snippet of life back when Jersey still had her mother and sister. Jersey’s grief was dealt with genuinely and her rebirth was developed at a steady pace. Small things like writing facts about her sister on pieces of gum foil that her sister owned, all of it, felt real. The depth put into each character is commendable–for example, Jersey’s mother–she’s not necessarily the perfect woman that Jersey had always believed.

Jennifer Brown’s latest has certainly opened my eyes to the effect of natural disasters on people, and I highly recommend this if natural disasters interest you. Even if you just want a good sob story, this is an ideal choice. I am definitely reading the rest of Brown’s novels–who wouldn’t?

4 Stars

~Thank you Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for sending me this copy!~

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– This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents

– No cheating! I will know.

– You must be 13 or older to enter

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About Jennifer Brown

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 writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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25 Responses to Blog Tour: Torn Away

  1. Thanks for the review Mel, I’ve heard wonderful things about this book all round and would like to read it. Glad you enjoyed it as well!
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  2. Awww. SO SAD!! Haha! I really want to read this one. 😉 But anyway! Fabulous review. I’m pretty excited for this book because I couldn’t put down The Hate List. And I still remember every detail of it. This is a seriously talented author. :))
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  3. Too bad the giveaway is US only! 🙂 Great review Melanie! Adding this to my shelves.
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  4. I’ve never had to experience a natural disaster before. The most extreme weather I’ve dealt is a bit of wind! It’s hard for me to imagine what it would be like, but I absolutely loved how easily Brown got me to sense and believe everything here. I cried for Jersey too, and I don’t cry when reading very often. I’m so glad you were impressed too, Mel. Great review!

    • Melanie says:

      my mum was in a natural disaster when she was a kid and lost her older brother, while I cannot imagine what that was like, it must have been horrible and I cannot put myself in my mum’s shoes or the MC of this book, for that matter. Thank you! 🙂

  5. I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I have heard nothing but good things. I am tired of seeing this girl on so many covers though…
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  6. I don’t know how I missed this one, but I have read a couple of great reviews and I like that it features tornadoes. I really must get a copy of this one.
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  7. I expect tears when I read this book. Just knowing that it was her family that was taken from her is already making me feel so sad for Jersey. 🙁 Thanks for the wonderful review, Mel!
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  8. I haven’t read anything by this author yet, though this one definitely sounds good. I love that you connected so much with the characters. Great review, Mel!! 🙂
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  9. Zoe N. says:

    As someone who has actually been in a tornado (well, it was two towns over, but still…) this is at the top of my wishlist. I’m not sure if it will strike a little too close to home, but I think I’m going to give it a try regardless. I’m loving the sound of how connectable the characters are, and what a great protagonist Jersey is. Thanks for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  10. Alise says:

    This sounds like a really great read! I’ve been in a few tornadoes myself and they were terrifying :c (And that’s why we moved, ha) Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed it, I like the sound of the emotional appeal.
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  11. Melliane says:

    Oh I’m glad you had a great time with one, it sounds different and so good! Thanks for your lovely review!
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  12. Carl says:

    I completely loved the end of the quote you published. “But we’d never–not once–discussed what to do after.” Isn’t that so true when prepping for any disaster, you only figure out what to do when you have to. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Torn Away.

  13. This really was a beautiful book <3 I read this one not too long ago and like you, I found the voice utterly and absolutely realistic. The heroine perfectly captured the torn and weary voice of a person who has lost everyone and everything. I cried a few for this one, too, and just wanted everything to be alright for her in the end </3 </3 FEEEELS
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  14. Yay I’m glad you really enjoyed this! I have heard nothing but fabulous things about Jennifer Brown and I want to read this so much because it seems so emotional and touching <33
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  15. Glass says:

    LOL, I’ve already prepared myself for ranty review and than… bam! You. Liked. It. 😀
    Jennifer Brown is one of my favorite authors and If you enjoyed this book, you will like rest of them too.
    Great review, Melanie.
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  16. bn100 says:

    Nice review about the main character

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