We Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel

We Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel

by Michael Kun, Susan Mullen


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We Are Still Tornadoes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
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. It’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. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-still-tornadoes-michael-kun-susan-mullen/
BooksforKatie More than 1 year ago
Cath and Scott have been best friends and almost inseparable since they were 5 years old. Now Cath goes on to college and Scott is left at home. Scott has not cared about grades through high school and now has to go work in his father's men's clothing store. This book is written in letters back and forth between Cath and Scott. We can tell that they genuinely care for each other, and see the potential each other has. In these letters, we can feel their teasing, heart breaks, and love. The bad part of the letter format is that some letters will say, things similar to, "Thank you for the talk last night, I really needed it" or "I was really glad to see you" but we are clueless as to what happened during those phone calls or personal visits. I could see this book for those nearing the end of high school or just entering college, late YA and New Adult. With Cath and Scott's friendship, we can all learn that we always need someone to be there to help us through new adventures, dealing with the past, and family issues that may arise. Thank you St. Martin's and NetGalley for the digital ARC in order to give an honest review.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars* Really enjoyed this! The ending came a little fast, but it kind of had to, considering books can't go on forever. (Womp womp.) I loved how both MCs learned a lot about themselves and the people around them that first year out of high school, and how the authors took their time with everything, building it up properly, so nothing felt contrived. One thing that bothered me at the beginning was Cath's seemingly-overreaction to something Scott said, but it eventually made sense. WAST was funny, smart, sweet, sad, surprising, and so much more; and the early 80s setting gave it a fun vibe. (Not to mention the letter-writing format. I really enjoy reading epistolary novels.**) Pick this one up. You won't regret it. I promise! Can't wait to read more by the authors! *definitely upper-YA due to language and other content **If you liked WE ARE STILL TORNADOES and epistolary novels set in the past, you might also like PAPER PLANES AND OTHER THINGS WE LOST
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
i'm a sucker for an epistolary novel, possibly because it just reminds me of a different time, when letters were the easiest way to share your thoughts with friends across long distances. in we are still tornadoes it is 1982, and catherine osteen and scott agee are childhood friends who are separated when she goes off to college and he stays home working at his dad's clothing store and starting a band. the letters are spaced out over the course of their first year apart, and follows the ups and downs of long distance correspondence. the misunderstandings that arise when you aren't communicating face-to-face. the way words can offer hope, comfort and love, and yet also cut you to the quick. how you can be brave and write things that you might never say otherwise. even though all the action takes place through the letters, the authors do a good job of informing us about what is happening off-screen. both cath and scott are dealing with their share of heavy things as well as their own insecurities and hang-ups, and the letters allow us to see how they work through these things together. and we also see how they grow up as they experience life after high school and how that changes things, but through it all they are also still cath and scott, best friends, tornadoes. (it's an inside joke, but you'll have to read the book to get in on it.) it being 1982 makes sense for the epistolary nature of the story, but also because music informs this novel incredibly. scott loves music. he starts up a band. he writes songs and shares his lyrics with cath. both scott and cath love to share their thoughts about the music being released, and looking back, it was an incredible time for music. it's the über 80s—so many songs that would define the decade were released that year. **we are still tornadoes will publish on november 1, 2016. i received an advanced reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't even on my radar until I received a surprise copy from the publisher. The synopsis sounded like something right up my alley. I was a bit wary of the letter writing format, but I loved it. I loved the banter and the way their relationship progressed. The personalities of Cath and Scott come shining through and I really enjoyed only learning what was on the page. Overall, it was a quick and cute read. There were a few angsty moments, but it was so slight. This book is almost entirely all fluff and it's delightful. **Huge thanks to Griffin Teen for providing the finished copy free of charge**
onemused More than 1 year ago
"We are Still Tornadoes" is an incredible insta-favorite! I am absolutely gushing about how much I loved this book! This epistolary fiction records the exchanges between Scott and Cath, who lived across the street from each other growing up as best friends and who now mail letters to each other while she is at college and he works at his dad's clothing store. The letters are sent in the early 80s, which is why they aren't using email, and why there are so many delightful 80s references and songs. Scott and Cath go through a lot over the course of the year, and even without the budding romance, I would have loved this book! Their potential romantic relationship and UST (unresolved sexual tension) was just the icing on the cake. Cath is dealing with her parents' relationship and Scott is dealing with death. Both use the letters and unrecorded phone calls (mentioned in the letters) to communicate with the other about the events and piece back together their lives. I absolutely adored the book and loved their relationship, their adventures and misadventures, and the overall tone of the letters. I laughed out loud so many times I lost count. It's witty and beautiful, and I loved every second of it. Please note that I received an uncorrected advance proof from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.