We Are Still Tornadoes – Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
I wanted so desperately to like this one, and on the whole, I kind of did. The book was finished within a day so it was by no means terrible, it was just a little slow at times and awfully predictable.
It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.
Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.
Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.
Right from the onset, I knew what the ending of this book would be. That’s a little disappointing. I like suspense, twists and turns, unpredictability, but I didn’t have any of that with this book which made it a little dull to read. It wasn’t all bad though!
Scott and Cath are best mates, their bond is undeniable and is portrayed well throughout the series of letters that they send each other. Yep, this book is entirely letter format! Which I love by the way. It just feels so personal and intimate and ultimately highlights the fact this book was set in the 1980’s as who writes letters anymore these days? We live in a world of technology and the art of hand written letters is long forgotten by most. Scotts character is literally like the ideal boy, he isn’t afraid to show passion or emotion and I instantly felt drawn to him. I spent the entire book hoping/waiting for the moment that he would realise that he was madly in love with Cath so I was not disappointed. Cath on the other hand, was not as likeable. She seemed whiney and I don’t feel like she was overly nice to any of her female companions.
As a former University student myself, I feel it captures University (or American college) life well. The pressures of studies thrown in with the drunken antics, sports teams, financial issues and the pressures of living away from home. It really is a pretty accurate representation of what life is often like!
The book touches on some pretty heavy subject, affairs and loss being just two. Scott loses his dad, the letters after this are almost unbearably raw. As someone who also lost their father at a young age – I totally got this. I understood and recognised every. single. feeling. that Scott had said in his letters. It was hard to read at times but also a little encouraging to know that those feelings that I once had were justified and that I’m not the only person that will have ever have felt them.
I enjoyed the ease of reading this book but at times had to convince myself to keep going, it was just a little slow. A worthy three and a half stars.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a free digital ARC in return for an honest review.