Thursday, May 8, 2014

Torn Away Tour ~ Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway


Welcome to the Torn Away Blog Tour!

I'm so excited to share my review of this amazing book with you today. There's a giveaway on the bottom of the post that you don't want to miss out on! I was given the opportunity to run my own giveaway.

You can check out the rest of the tour stops on the schedule.

Release date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Description:
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.
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

Torn Away made me an emotional wreck. I don't know what happened to me—I'm used to crying while reading sad books but tears just sprung out of my eyes twice as much as usual. This book got to me. It was an absolutely amazing read! The writing, the story, the characters, the emotions . . . they were all so well done.

THE WRITING

I fell in love with the writing right away. After reading the opening pages of the book, I knew for sure that I was going to end up loving it. It made such a good impression on me, and that allowed me to fully immerse myself into the story and focus on the best parts of it. That's probably why I don't have anything negative to point out. Those parts just didn't stand out.

THE STORY

How would you feel if a tornado—or anything else—just swept up and tore away everything that you ever knew? Your home, your belongings, your school, your family—just gone? Every thing that you were familiar with before . . . everything just slopping away until all you have left are your memories of what your life used to be and only a few objects to help you hold onto those memories?

That's essentially what Jersey's story was about, and I simply loved it.

The main character had to deal with so much, and although so many things went wrong for her, they made the things that did go right more important and impacting on the story overall. I saw character growth and some recovery, which are two things that I love to see in YA contemporary. One of my favorite parts of the story, though, was its details. I have a thing for things that appear small and end up having an immense impact on the story, the ending, or the meaning (or even all three) of the novel. In Torn Away, some very important and seemingly small things took the form of gum wrappers. I won't tell you why—you'll just have to figure it out for yourself.

THE CHARACTERS

There were some awful characters in this novel. Just plain awful. I wanted to hit them over the head and ask, "what is WRONG with you?" They were unbelievably insensitive. 

There were some very lovable characters, though. They balanced out the horrible acting ones well, and I'm so glad that they did. Jersey really needed them. 

There were some intermediate characters (neither awful or amazing) as well. They hurt Jersey, but they had good intentions behind their actions. 

I love this variety that I found in the characters, and I love how they compared with one another.

THE FEELS

Oh dear. These got me so bad. From the first page to the last, I connected to Jersey. I felt what she was going through. I felt sad when she was sad. I got angry around the same times she felt anger and frustration. I laughed when she was in a lighter mood. I felt a wide range of emotions throughout this book, just as Jersey did, and I absolutely loved how easy it was to tap into her emotions. Like I mentioned, I cried a ton while reading this one, but that's the best part. The book wouldn't have been nearly as good if I didn't get as emotional as I did. 

OVERALL

Amazing. This book was just amazing. It's definitely worth reading, and I certainly am thankful that I got the opportunity to read and review it. Before reading it, I had no idea I was going to end up declaring it as my second most favorite book of 2014 so far. But that's what I'm doing right now. I strongly urge you to read Torn Away. You won't regret it.


Favorite Quotes

There's so many quotes to choose from!

First, here's one that shows how amazing the writing is.
It felt like a never-ending stream of chaos. Like my whole world was being shaken and tossed and torn apart, and like it would never stop. Like I would be stuck in this terror forever. (loc 243)
 This one makes me want to cry. It's so, so sad.
Not being wanted was the loneliest feeling in the world, it seemed, and if I could have had one more moment with Marin, I would have been sure to tell her I didn't mean it. She wasn't a pest. I loved her. She was wanted. More than she could ever know. (loc 1866)
I need to include a non-spoilery one with the gum wrappers! 
For every foil, there was a memory, so sweet and so clear that I though my heart might break in two. (loc 1938) 
Lastly, here's a dose of humor. I love the chapter this quote is from.
"As if I need to cheat," he blustered, "against a girl with purple hair." (loc 2921)
Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

I've been given the opportunity to give away one paperback copy of Torn Away to a lucky winner! It's US only and runs until May 13th. I'll contact the winner via Twitter and email to get a mailing address (this will be sent to the tour organizer).

See my giveaway policy here.


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24 comments:

  1. Wonderful review & quotes. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for participating!

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  2. I totally feel you, girl. This was such a devastating and heartbreaking while at the same time heartwarming books. You really cheer for the main character to be happy. You want her to find closure and a happily ever after after all she's gone through. So happy to see you feeling the same! This book gave so much feels >_<

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this one, Faye. :) I loved how this book was both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. That's a sign of a very good book!

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  3. I have a few 5 star reads so far this year: If I Lie, Better Off Friends, Maybe One Day and Sweet Reckoning.

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    1. I loved Maybe One Day! And I'm reading Sweet Reckoning right now. :)

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  4. Split Second and Since You've Been Gone! :D

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    1. I really want to read Since You've Been Gone!

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  5. I've had so many favorites! I'll say Open Road Summer and Cress, though. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I've heard nothing but good things about Open Road Summer and Cress. I can't wait to read them! You're welcome. :)

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  6. I was just debating on if I should get this book or not. I couldn't decide but after reading your review I think it's obvious that I have to read it!

    One of my favorite reads of the year so far was White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout! :-)

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    1. Yes, you do have to read it! I'm glad my review helped. :)

      I haven't read White Hot Kiss yet, but it's on my Kindle.

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  7. don't have a fav yet

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    1. Maybe Torn Away could become your favorite? ;)

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  8. I LOVE Far From You by Tess Sharpe - amazing read, hugely emotional.

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    1. I really want to read that one! I've heard such good things.

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  9. My favorite so far would have to be either The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna or Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin! I also read the Legend trilogy which I loved. So many good books already!! I read Hate List by Jennifer Brown last spring so I'm really interested in Torn Away. My biggest fear is actually tornadoes so now I'm wondering if this book will worsen that fear, heh. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Emily from Blue-Eyed Bibliophile

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    1. I'm glad you've found a lot of favorites so far this year. :) Tornadoes are one of my biggest fears, and that just made me more emotional while reading this book. You're welcome!

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  10. My favorite read of 2014 so far has been Noggin by John Corey Whaley. The premise is absurd, yet slightly plausible, and the novel has so much heart and depth. A true joy to read. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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    1. I've seen that title around quite a bit. I'm glad you loved it! You're welcome. :)

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  11. My favorite read of 2014 so far has probably been Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. It was such a beautiful book and it had such a huge impact on me.

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    1. That's my top favorite of the read so far. :) I loved it so much!

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  12. This book looks absolutely amazing, I really want to read it! Great review :)

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely worth reading.

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