We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen (5 out of 5)
Holly got me a copy of this one because it takes place in the 80’s and it had the word tornadoes in the title. Holly knows what I like to read too well sometimes. This is one of quite a few YA books that have come my way as of late that I enjoyed so much that I can’t wait until its release so I can sell the hell out of it. This one comes out on November 1, 2016 from St. Martin. Put it on your list now! In a time of great world turmoil and violence, it would be a nice breath of fresh air for the teens to read something so uncomplicated and fun.
Cath and Scott have been best friends their whole lives, growing up together, sharing confidences, mix tapes, and being each other’s strongest supporter. In Cath’s case, this means going off for the first year of college and being separated from her family, dog, and Scott. A formidable for any girl, but Cath has that rare combination of self-confidence, spunk, and sarcasm. I love, love, love her character! Scott is left behind in their tiny town, working with his dad at his men’s clothing store, while harboring (and practicing) his dreams if being a musician. Of course, both Cath and Scott have their share of ups and downs, as well as forgettable and heart-wrenching love affairs gone wrong. Cath tells Scott something he doesn’t want to hear and he fires back with teen anger, and things are estranged. However, as in all true friendships, a tragedy in Scott’s life brings not only growing pains, but a reconciliation between the friends and an unexpected consequence, that unfortunately, I predicted, to this story of a best friendship. I thought the character of Scott was very accurate in its portrayal of a young man frustrated working with his dad while waiting for his rock n’ roll dreams to come true. A realistic look at a teen friendship and the ups and downs associated with growing pains. Go out and get this fun book when it comes out in November!