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Posted November 2, 2012
Quick paced and heart wrenching, this book is a true to life tale of healing, grief, and what it means to move on. With characters that are relatable and human, this book looks into the hearts of it's characters and gets down to what it really.means to love someone. This book is heartfelt and beautiful. I especially recommend it to anyone who has had to deal with the pain of addiction - whether their own, or someone elses.
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Posted August 27, 2012
Jane McAllister is living in a tornado
17 year old Jane McAllister's life is a tornado. Her mom is an alcoholic and (as in so many alcoholic families) there's been a role reversal and Jane is more of a parent to her mom than a child. Dad is out of the picture and older brother Ethan has chosen a different way to deal with mom--by leaving. Jane is barely keeping her out-of-control life together when her mother almost kills her by causing a car crash while driving drunk. It's the last straw and Jane decides to go live with her brother for the summer while sorting out her wildly mixed feelings about her mom.
But she has wildly mixed feelings about her brother, too. Yes, he's taken her in for the summer, letting her ride along on his tornado-chasing adventures. However, he left her alone with her mother for years--years when he could have been helping. Jane has a lot of issues to work through in one short summer, but this isn't just an "issue" book. It's also a wild romp through the great plains as rival tornado chasers try to get the most footage, do the best research, and be the most noticed by the television cameras. There are secrets, rivalries, back-stabbing, and one cute boy in the mix, making this a super read that I could not put down!
Jane makes some hard choices along the way, torn between her desire to help her mom and her desire to see mom help herself. Torn between living full-time with Ethan and going back home. Torn between doing what's easy and doing what's right. My heart ached for her and I kept turning the pages, watching her stumble, watching her get up again, and, finally, watching her triumph. It was a great read for teens and for anyone who remembers what it was like to be one.
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