Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

We Are Still Tornadoes was an unexpectedly delightful read. I got it from NetGalley many months ago, and I’d forgotten what it was supposed to be about.┬áIt’s an epistolary novel, which I love. It takes place in 1982, and the letters are written back and forth between Scott and Cath, best friends, now separated by a few hundred miles as Cath has left their rural Maryland town for Wake Forest University in NC. Scott is staying home and helping his father at their family store.

This book made me laugh out loud many times. Scott and Cath’s letters are both funny and poignant. They’re dealing with some serious family drama in addition to navigating their friendship in the post high school world. Their voices were perfect. The settings (1982) was really just an attempt to make the letters seem natural I’m assuming. No teens today would write long narratives back and forth to each other. Scott is also into popular music, and there was a lot of new artists that year that made for interesting discussion in their letters.

Ultimately, the story is a slow burn romance – obviously – but the extra drama and humor made it such a perfect read for me. This book was my first 5-star rating of 2017. I know this is a book I will re-read in the future. I was almost tempted to start it again right away. I just feel in love with their characters and their relationship. I need to find the audio, so I can re-listen at work.

Rating: 5 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

We Are Still Tornadoes
Michael Kun, Susan Mullen
Young Adult Fiction
St. Martin's Griffin
November 1, 2016

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.

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