Convince Me To Read (26): We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

Posted January 7, 2017 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 3 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (26): We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan MullenWe Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun, Susan Mullen
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on November 1st 2016
ISBN: 1250098408
Pages: 304

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It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.

Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.

Jamie’s review

This one was really cute. I loved how it was told through letters but I thought the ending was too quick and convenient. I thought the story was really well developed and that it must have been a hard task since this was told exclusively through letters. Unlike other historical contemporary novels, I felt as though this one had really good command over the time period and giving wink-nudges that weren’t over the top but made sense for the story. It was a different time and it felt like a different time but it wasn’t in your face about it, rather the reader knew what the time period was and felt nostalgia for a time they probably never lived in.

I liked both Scott and Cath. Individually they were great, well thought out characters with their own motivations, intentions, interests, and hopes and dreams, but together they overlapped in a fantastic way. I thought their relationship was a good slow burn with both of them drifting a bit apart and then coming together in a way that made sense to the times, the characters, and the story. I loved reading their story and sharing in their experience — even though they are just characters in a book, I felt like they were friends of mine and telling me their story of how they got together.

I would have liked for some of the letters to be shorter, since I thought they were a little too long and I felt myself drifting in and out and skimming some things. I think a more consistent length for both Scott and Cath would have been better and it would have been easier for me to read. But the idea of telling the story through letters was incredible to me and I wouldn’t have wanted it set up any other way. Especially since the characters are in two different cities, it doesn’t make sense to have them discuss their lives any other way.

Overall I really enjoyed this one and if you’re looking for a quick, fun read this is the book for you. It has good miscommunication and excellent character development. This story is one that really resonated with me and I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it as well.

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Dani will love the way this story is told and get swept up in the romance and relationship between Scott and Cath. She will love learning little details about them from their letters and seeing how the two of them realize that there is so much importance to communication. She will go through a rollercoaster of emotions from happy, squeeing to sobbing like a little baby and LOVE it.


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