One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better
Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.
Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guiltyis she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.88(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Lara Zielin, the acclaimed author of The Implosion of Aggie Winchester and Donut Days, lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
This is a story that hit close to home for me. The struggles Jane faces are so authentic it's utterly heartbreaking. The tornado chasing is fun and exciting, and a neat backdrop to the turmoil within Jane. I was so invested in her journey that I cried when she did as well as plenty of other times. I loved her friend Cat, her brother Ethan and the other TorBros, not to mention Max. The story is beautifully written. I don't normally like flashbacks, but they fit into the flow of this book perfectly. Everything from setting and circumstance to the characters themselves is brought to vivid life seemingly effortlessly. I couldn't put this book down. The Waiting Sky is a story of recovery and family with just a smidgeon of romance tossed in. Lara Zielin delivers a superb read!
Well thought out.
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.