One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane’s life for the better.
Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can’t quite admit her mother’s alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane’s best friend.
Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty–is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.
Why I Read This Book
Aside from the gorgeous cover, with the beautiful covers and the twister in a bottle, it was simple: I’m a huge lover of storms. I’m also a big fan of the movie Twister which features storm chasers. I always thought it was a crazy thing to chase these big, disastrous creations of Mother Nature, but books and film always make it look so exciting.
From start to finish, I loved this book. I loved every single little thing about it, which is pretty amazing because I entered it with extremely high hopes. Since the only thing that entered my brain when I read the synopsis was “One summer chasing tornadoes …,” I was surprised to see that the book was so much deeper than just tornado chasing.
First of all, let me talk about the characters. Jane was such an amazing character and so unbelievably real. She has issues with her mom, who’s an alcoholic, but always seems to write off anything bad her mom does. She’s one of those people who thinks that the only way to help her mom is to constantly be there for her and help her live each day, rather than realizing that the thing she needs to do is step back. I loved that the book revolved around Jane chasing tornadoes with her brother, rather than just some random group — the family dynamic that added was huge.
There was definite romance in the book, but it wasn’t overdone. For the most part, I think that the book was about Jane coming to terms with her mother and learning to put herself front and foremost. The romance was a nice addition, but I love that it didn’t overshadow the main issues in the book. I also loved that Jane wasn’t alone in the book — her brother, who was so different from her, only wants to help her and it’s the bond between these two people that really stole the show.
Of course, they didn’t completely steal the show because there were TORNADOES! This made the book a complete page-turner because you have the tornadoes mixed with the delicate creature that is Jane, her brother, an opposing tornado chasing team, a romantic interest, and the arrogant fools (i.e. the bad guys) who always seem to be present. The whole mix of these made the book thrilling and unputdownable.
One of the best parts about this book (aside from all the things mentioned above) is the writing. Zielin’s writing is so fluid and accessible — there was some awesome imagery in the book as Zielin described the dark skies and impending tornadoes, but then there was also the way she compared the destruction of tornadoes with the destruction taking place in Jane’s life. I’d love to share some of these killer lines, but you really should just pick up the book and read them for yourself.
If you’re a fan of tornadoes and storm chasing, like me (read: if you like to see other people doing it, rather than actually doing it yourself), then you will LOVE this book. If you’re a HUGE fan of the movie, Twister, you’ll love this book. AND if you love a good contemporary book that mixes action and serious issues, with a little romance thrown in, you will love this book.
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