Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Torn Away
Author: Jennifer Brown
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch.

Why?: I'm no meteorologist, but weather related books always fascinate me. I think because most of the time they're something that could actually happen, and probably have happened. I'm interested to see what the tornado teachers Jersey about her life and the people in it, even though I'm pretty sure it's going to be a very sad read.

Expectations: I expect this to be a pretty dark book, with quite a bit of death and lives torn apart. I also expect Jersey to be pretty upset for most of it, having just lost her town, her family, and her home. It also seems like there will be a little bit of a mystery to it (with learning secrets about her mother and her grandparents), but I hope that things will lighten up by the end of the book.

Judging a book by its cover: I'm really undecided on this cover. I love how the title takes up most of it, and how the author's name is a different color and very pronounced. But I think the girl's face is really over done on YA books right now, and I'm not sure the title and author's name are enough to draw me to this book based on the cover alone.


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