By Anagha Gouru
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Thriller
Date of Publication: May 6, 2014
Author: Jennifer Brown
Number of Pages: 266
Favorite Quote: “I realized that the worst part of someone you love dying suddenly isn't the saying good-bye part. It's the part where you hope you said and did enough good stuff to make up for the bad stuff. It's the part where there are no second chances, no going back, no more opportunities to tell them how you feel about them.”
Summary: Written with powerful and poignant language, Torn Away discusses a typical topic that is unknown to many: tornadoes. Jennifer Brown shows us the real trauma and the aftermath of this deadly disaster. The main character, Jersey Coleman, lives in a tornado-prone town in the Midwest. Tornadoes normally occur in that area. The townspeople shrug it off, clean up the damage, and continue with their lives. That is, until a deadly tornado hits the town and kills dozens, including her mother and her little sister. Forced by her stepfather to move away from Elizabeth, he sends her to relatives she hardly knows. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest days, there are simply some things no tornado can destroy?
Favorite Character: Jersey Coleman is determined, strong-willed, and very courageous.
Themes: Love, hope, survival
Why should people read it? This story appeals to lovers of all genres. Jennifer Brown adeptly combines thriller and realistic fiction to shape a story based on a real incident. This book is relatable given Jersey's constant struggles to quickly adjust to her new life. The reader sympathizes with Jersey as no one understands the pain she is going through. If you enjoy reading emotion-filled, survival novels with a determined protagonist, then this is the read for you!