How did I get it?:
I bought it.
Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.
Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares…
Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.
Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever…
A compelling story of guilty secrets, troubled friendship and burgeoning love.
Cat Clarke is an incredibly confident writer. What I mean by that is that she’s not scared to tackle issues other writers may shy away from. With Torn, Cat tackles four girls dealing with something completely awful happening to them in their lives from which they are carrying a lot of guilt.
Torn is simply written, but it’s straight to the point. It deals with the human conscience, knowing what’s right and wrong and admitting to the mistakes that have been made. Cat Clarke weaves in the dilemma of knowing what’s wrong and naturally wanting to self-preserve. Throughout reading the book I wasn’t sure whether the girls would do the right thing or not. It wasn’t predictable at all.
Cat Clarke creates characters that are so real. Sometimes her characters aren’t very likeable but, in my opinion, that’s what makes them relatable. No human being is perfect all of the time. I think we’ve all probably done something we regret (although hopefully nothing as bad as what Alice and her friends did) and want to turn back time and change. Most readers can identify with this and creating such relatable character is what sets Cat aside from other Young Adult writers.
Torn is a powerful book with a deep meaning. If you want something light and fluffy then this isn’t the book for you. I personally loved it and can’t wait to read Undone by Cat Clarke.
Would I recommend it?:
Gold- Chris Cleave