Torn Away


How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hate List
Bitter End
Perfect Escape
Thousand Words


Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with relatives she hardly knows-family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

In this powerful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown delivers a story of love, loss, hope, and survival.


Jennifer Brown is one of my favourite writers. I really like how she writes about ‘issues.’ I hate calling it that, but contentious subjects are often at the forefront of Jennifer Brown’s writing. Readers have had a range of subjects from gun shootings, OCD, domestic violence, sexting and now, the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Torn Away follows Jersey’s life after losing her mother, her sister and her home to a tornado. It starts with a normal day for Jersey, until the tornado hits her hometown. Torn Away looks at the aftermath of a natural disaster and truly tears at the heartstrings as Jersey has to learn to live her life without her family. Jersey is sent to live with her paternal Grandparents, who don’t really want her there and she can tell. Jersey’s life has completely changed and she has to adapt quickly. Jersey seems to be bounced around family members and she just wants some stability back in her life.

I couldn’t put Torn Away down. I was absolutely heart broken for Jersey. I can’t even begin to imagine how you begin to build your life again when something so devastating happens. Nearly all of Jersey’s memories were taken away from her and that must be incredibly tough to deal with. Jennifer Brown’s writing portrayed the loss that Jersey was feeling so well. I really sympathised with Jersey, and wanted her to find some happiness after such a tragic time. Jersey goes through so much throughout this short story, but there’s hope towards the end of the novel. Something to hold onto in an otherwise devastating read!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course- 4.5 stars!

This book packs a punch. A powerful, poignant read!

6 thoughts on “Torn Away

  1. Ugh this book destroyed me!!! I just wanted to jump in there and hug Jersey… and then adopt her! I’ve never read a book with a character that was going through so much devastation and rejection at the same time!! I can’t wait for the next Jennifer Brown book because I LOVE her also 🙂

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