We Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel by Kun, MichaelWe Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel by Kun, Michael

We Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel

byKun, Michael, Susan Mullen

Hardcover | November 1, 2016

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**A Buzzfeed Must-Read Book of Fall**
**A Teen Vogue Best Book of the Month**
**A Goodreads Best YA Book of the Month**
**A Bustle.com Best Book of the Month**
**A Popsugar Best Book of November**

"A love story to best friends everywhere. Smart, charming, and delightful." - Kirkus Reviews

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.

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

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen is not to be missed!

Michael Kun is the author of the novels You Poor Monster, The Locklear Letters, and A Thousand Benjamins, among other works of fiction and non-fiction. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practices law in Los Angeles, California, where he lives with his wife Amy and their da...
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Title:We Are Still Tornadoes: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.53 × 5.86 × 1.02 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250098408

ISBN - 13:9781250098405

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really cute Contemporary! So to start, I say a lot that I don’t really find contemporary a compelling genre. Well I’m starting to eat my words because I absolutely loved this book. I am constantly reading contemporary that’s cute and maybe not something I will pick up all the time, but I like nonetheless. So I think I’ll give this genre a bigger chance and maybe start checking out authors I’ve been hesitant to read. Anywho, I digress. This book had such a simple plot but it was so cute. I loved reading about the two lives of these characters. They were so distinct and their lives so different that I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed the letter style and the relationship these characters had! I think the letter style made me love this book in a way I don’t think I would have if it was a normal novel. I enjoyed that we got the short snippets and the least description possible. Letters also meant that we got a whole years worth of events without the boring stuff and we got as much as possible. I’m not sure if any of that made sense but like yeah trust me the letter style was really the best thing for this! Characters were the best part. I related to Scott more than Cath for the most part. I felt everything Scott was feeling. I understood him and when he went through hardships I empathized with him a little more than Cath. I loved Cath still but I didn’t empathize with her. I found her a very understanding and forgiving character and while I think those are amazing qualities, I also had moments where I didn’t want her to be so kind. Their relationship was adorable and their friendship was one I wish I had with someone. Overall I just loved them. Last snippet: I love that the year was 1982, presumably to have it so the fact that they sent letters instead of emailed/texted make sense. I just enjoyed that little extra detail.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy, breezy, teen read We Are Still Tornadoes is a really sweet friends-to-being-in-love teen romance. It is set in the eighties and eighties music plays a big role in the book. (If you have a chance, definitely try to listen to some of the songs when you are reading the book because it will add to your enjoyment.) The story is told entirely through letters between two best friends, the main characters in the book (remember, this was the eighties, so no email or texts). The main characters are Scott and Cath and they have just finished high school. Scott has decided to stay in their small town and Cath has chosen to go to college. Through their letters they tell each other about dates they go on, girlfriends and boyfriends they have, and this is how the reader discovers information about their relationship. The characters also go through hard life experiences, such as deaths in the family and divorce, but their letters help them to get through all of it. There isn’t a lot of tension in the book; it was a cute read. This is a book that I’d recommend to any teen looking for a light, enjoyable read as the most objectionable content was probably some references to underage drinking and a bong. It’s also a great book for teens who are finishing high school and who may be preparing to go to college because it explores that transition and how to cope with it.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It DOWN! I got an advanced reading copy of this book and I couldn't put it down, even when I should have been sleeping because the story was just so engaging! The book is entirely told in letters and is set in 1982-1983 when the two main characters, Cath and Scott, keep in touch by snail mail as one is away at the university and the other didn't do well enough to get into college. There was a wonderful mix of humor that had me laughing out loud a few times by page 10, and also some serious drama that nearly had me in tears. The decade of the 80s and in particular, the music, plays a fun role over the course of the letters between these two friends that lasts for a year. I'm re-reading this book right now and I can't wait for it to come out so I can recommend "We Are Still Tornadoes" to all!
Date published: 2016-07-25

Editorial Reviews

"Readers aching for a combination of the '80s and a romance like Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park will be stoked." -Booklist"Perfect for the most reluctant of readers, especially young people contemplating life after high school. A must purchase." -School Library Journal"Sweet and heartfelt, this is one contemporary YA fans won't want to miss." -Buzzfeed"Sweet, funny, & heartfelt!" - Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author"Scott and Cath's letters perfectly capture the richness of their relationship. Their unflinchingly honest voices as they navigate the transition to adulthood create the book's emotional resonance. A love story to best friends everywhere. Smart, charming, and delightful." - Kirkus Reviews "I laughed so much while reading We Are Still Tornadoes. People will fall in love with Scott and Cath. Thoroughly enjoyable." -Bookling Critics"This novel drew me in with its likeable characters and their special relationship...I could not put it down once I began." -Teen Reads"Cath has a rare combination of self-confidence, spunk, and sarcasm. I love, love, love her character! A realistic look at a teen friendship and growing pains. Go out and get this fun book!" - Generation G Books"Scott and Cath's friendship was one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed and I wish I could frame their letters and spread them all across my room to be reminded of it every single day...Outstandingly hilarious and utterly heart-wrenching at the same time, this book made me laugh and break so much that I can't remember not being in tears while reading it." - The Bookish Crypt"I adored everything about this book! With honest emotions and fun inside jokes...everything about this story worked together to deliver something retro yet fresh and moving. Read this one!!" - Uppercase Book Reviews"The writing is smart and funny, and this is a warm, wonderful story about lasting friendship and the lessons learned during young adulthood. Loved it." - Bookstr"The relationships were so good and authentic.and the characters were unbelievably easy to love. I adored this book!" -Strung Out On Books"This book was absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!! Everything about it was perfect. It´s impossible not to laugh out loud.and I adored Scott and Cath. A beautiful well written story that captures the essence of friendship and love." -Book Nerd Addict"I adored this book! What a fun and unique story about friendship, love, and learning to be the person you want to be." -Lost In Literature "Scott and Cath's relationship was adorable and their friendship was one I wish I had with someone. Overall I just loved them." -That Girl Bookworm"This book was an absolute delight filled with humor and emotion, a perfect coming of age story. From beginning to end, this story will make you laugh and cry and as always, each of us are always tornadoes." -Moonlight Rendezvous"We Are Still Tornadoes is a sweet read full of humor, friendship, and all matters of the heart." -YA Books Central"Cath and Scott go through a hilarious, tumultuous, emotional journey and readers are given a front row seat. Surprisingly sweet for how much depth there truly is, We Are Still Tornadoes is an intoxicating book of friendship, love, and the beautiful complexities of life." --Reed's Reads and Reviews