Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life

Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life

by Elin Stebbins Waldal



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982981306
Publisher: Sound Beach Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elin Stebbins Waldal is a writer, a speaker, and the founder of girls kNOw more, a group geared toward building self-esteem in middle-school-age girls. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, and their family dog.

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Dr. Heidi M. Sallee

'Tornado Warning is an excellent first person account of intimate partner violence. As a pediatrician who has cared for girls who have been affected by dating violence and as a mother of 3 girls (ages 15, 13 and 12) this book tackles an emotionally challenging topic, yet something that must not be ignored. One theme that rings true in the book and in my observations is that dating violence can affect anyone, and young women are especially vulnerable. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who was interested in understanding the dynamics of initmate partner violence. By having a better understanding, we may be able to work towards prevention and early intervention.'' --(Dr. Heidi M. Sallee, Pediatric Program Director at St. Louis University Dept. of Pediatrics )

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Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JohnS23 More than 1 year ago
Represents the voice of so many women in our culture who don't have the strength to speak out in the face of fear. For many women, this book could be the next stride to dismantle that fear and foster their hidden strengths to overcome abuse of any kind by reading from the first hand account of sour love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Elin Stebbins Waldal's memoir "Tornado Warning" is a great read that inspires one to reach for the best in life. The candor and vulnerability in her writing draws you in and takes you with her during this tumultuous time in her life. You will feel for her pain and cheer for her triumphs! While a must read for teens and parents, it is a truly fascinating book anyone would enjoy.
tmc45 More than 1 year ago
Whether you have a teen daughter, were in an abusive relationship yourself, know someone who is or are just curious, you must read this book! It was entertaining, tear-jerking, and very eye-opening. This type of abuse can happen to anyone. I highly recommend for book groups as it is a great subject that needs to be discussed more frequently and openly.
LynneR More than 1 year ago
Tornado Warning. Be prepared. This story will rip through your life with an honest and unflinching personal account of dating abuse. No question is left unanswered. You will find a new understanding and compassion for others who have experienced, or who are experiencing dating abuse. For those who have endured violence at the hands of a partner, you will find comfort and solace in Elin's healing words. A must read for teens, parents, and women everywhere.
CassandraLynne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Elin was a regular seventeen year old when she fell for Derrick after he saved her from a potentially dangerous situation at a party. She quickly came to love her hero but he was not the man she thought him to be. Derrick had a darker, more violent side. For two years, Elin suffered under Derrick's physical and emotional abuse. She covered the bruises, hid behind a facade, embarrassed to have fallen victim to domestic violence. Luckily, she was able to escape Derrick with her life. Elin is a survivor. And this is her story. First I want to say that Elin is an incredible woman for having the strength to share her story. The story was beautifully written. I liked her descriptions, especially of herself after Derrick started abusing her. I'm not even going to pretend I know what Elin went through but I was completely able to relate. I, too, am a victim of domestic violence - although my situation was not nearly as bad as Mrs. Waldal's. This book brought back a lot of memories and I found it difficult to get through. The book switched back and forth between the past and what I assume was close to the present. Sometimes it was hard to follow, the pages of her diary especially. I thought that the book was also slow because there were some parts that didn't feel like they belonged. It was a little repetitive with quite a few of the sections of the book dedicated to her running. I wish I could give this book a higher rating and I have all the respect in the world for Elin Waldal but I just couldn't get into it.
CathyP11 More than 1 year ago
Reading Tornado Warning was like watching the movie Apollo 13. You know it ends well, but you still get hooked in and caught up in the drama. Hard to put down. I love how Elin beautifully interwove her journals from the time of the abuse together with her insights of today to share her emotional and inspiring journey from hell to heaven. I commend her for having the courage to share her story in the hopes of helping others.she helped me, a parent of teenagers. Though I'm not a victim of physical abuse, her story opened my eyes and heart to the effects of emotional and verbal abuse in my life helping me to make positive changes. I am grateful for any book that helps me evolve into new levels of awareness for as we help ourselves, we help our children. I highly recommend this book to anyone ready to see the truth within all their relationships.
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ChrisH-Montana More than 1 year ago
In reading Elin's account of her experience with dating violence, it brought to the surface my own deeply imbedded memories of my own experience of living with, and loving, someone who subjected me to abuse and physical violence. Elin's words take the reader into the moment of what it feels like to live with someone whose explosive behavior cannot be determined when it will erupt, or how violently. As Elin stated, you never know when a good day will end and turn into an extremely frightening experience, during which you might question your very life. Elin also takes the reader through the process of how we become victims and how it erodes our every existence, literally killing us inside of any emotion. It brings us to the point of no longer regarding our own life, we only know we have to get out, once and for all. I was also very saddened for my dear friend whom I had lost touch with after graduation, to learn that she had suffered a very similar experience at the same point in our lives. Some of us bear our scars on our skin, some can only be detected by an x-ray, while others can only be seen by looking deep into our very souls, with the core and source always being the same. With love and gratitude to Elin for reliving her experience so others can learn from an all too common destructive, and sometimes deadly, behavior.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Tornado Warning is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
jcoxJC More than 1 year ago
All parents of boys and girls must read this. Then be prepared to continually discuss issues with your children. Abuse is such a hidden terror. Thanks to Elin for addressing this and continuing to spread the word about this pervasive problem. The book is brilliantly written, with such rich prose. I could not put it down and long for this author to write something else. Highly recommend this great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly written book! Such depth and emotion went into writing this book. All teens and parents of teens should read this - it shows you that even the strongest of people can still fall victim to dating violence. What a painful experience the author endured, yet to be able to emerge from it victoriously and live such a happy life is truly inspiring. Her story will benefit so many who read it. Book clubs everywhere should consider this book - so many topics of conversation to be able to discuss. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Thank you for sharing your life with us!