{Blog Tour ~ Review} We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

Posted October 26, 2016 by Bee in Blog Tour, Reviews / 8 Comments

{Blog Tour ~ Review} We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

{Blog Tour ~ Review} We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

We Are Still Tornadoes


by Michael Kun, Susan Mullen
Published on November 1st 2016
by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it's the 80's after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they've graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.

During their first year apart, Scott and Cath's letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that's clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.

This funny yet deeply moving book--set to an awesome 80's soundtrack--captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood...and first love.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Stars

I’m so torn right now. Because I did enjoy this, but I also… didn’t. It’s really hard to explain, but I’ll try to do so as best as I can. After all, such is a reviewer’s burden. But yes, I enjoyed this. But there were things that stopped me from loving it completely.

I feel like it’s best to start with what didn’t work for me. Get it out of the way, so to speak. So here we go. My main problem with this book is in the way it’s told. Don’t get me wrong, I like the letter stuff. And it’s worked fantastically for me before. But in this one it just… made me feel disconnected from the characters for the most part. Because it’s told in a letter format, I felt like I missed a lot of what happened. And some of the more feelsy stuff just didn’t really get me the way it should because I felt like the story skipped over those important moments. I feel like I would have gotten more out of this story if it had only been partly letters. This could just be entirely my problem though. And though I loved the story for the most part, because of the aforementioned disconnect, the first half kind of dragged a bit for me. And with that, I also didn’t really feel any connection whatsoever to ANY of the side characters. Because I never got to know them at all outside of what Cath and Scott mentioned in their letters.

But I really did like the story itself and the setting. It’s set in the 80’s and it has SO many great music references. Seriously. So much love for the amazing taste in music this book has. I also liked the friendship between Scott and Cath, our main characters. And I loved them too. Their voices were distinct and I rooted for them for the most part. I didn’t really get into the romance because it felt a bit rushed at the end. Also, despite my disconnect with the characters, the second half really did hit me in the feels a few times.

I feel like I should say more positive things about this to convince you to read this. But I don’t really have much else to say because the book itself wasn’t all that long. I wanted to love it a lot, but I ended just liking it okay. But despite that, if you love YA Contemporary, give this a try. You might end up loving it more than I did. Especially if you’re fond of books in this kind of letter exchange style.

Read an excerpt here!

Bee

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8 responses to “{Blog Tour ~ Review} We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

  1. Liza
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    Sorry it missed the mark for you. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that was solely “told” in letters. I’ve enjoy them when letters, emails or even texts are used in part of the story.

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