Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Fave Quotes - Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

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 Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Release date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Synopsis via Goodreads:

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.



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.


Fave Quotes:

1)   "She didn’t know how broken I was on the inside, that I couldn’t have let her in even if I’d wanted to, because the part of me that had once loves was now gone."

2)      "I didn’t even know who I was anymore, and it hurt to feel myself changing."

3)      "I felt like I was dying. Or maybe like I would never finish dying. Like I would be stuck in this pain forever."

4)      "There was something about him that seemed trustworthy. It felt like it had been so long since I’d had someone to trust."

5)      "... I was such a volcano of conflicting feelings myself, always feeling so near eruption I barely wanted to move."

6)      "In some ways it was like Kolby and I were both nursing the same infection, only mine was on the inside. We were both healing, but not without the scars to remind us that the cut, deep and painful, had been there."

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Itching For Books and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers*

3/5 stars

Jersey Cameron’s life comes crashing down when her mother and sister die in a freak storm. 
With her house ruined and her stepfather unable to care for himself let alone Jersey, she is sent to live with her biological father. 
Struggling with grief and a family that doesn’t want her, Jersey learns that her mother wasn’t as perfect as she believed.

This was a very emotional and heart wrenching book. 
I really felt for Jersey as she lost everything only to be forced to live with people that didn’t want her there. 
Jersey’s grief felt real and made me appreciate how lucky I am that I’ve not lost anyone close to me. 
With characters that were likeable and some that I hated, this was a well-written and enjoyable read that I would recommend.

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