Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

October 23, 2016 4 Stars, Reviews 5

Title: We Are Still Tornadoes
Author: Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
Genre: YA, Historical (technically), Contemporary (what it actually feels like)
Published On: November 1st 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it's the 80's after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they've graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams. During their first year apart, Scott and Cath's letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that's clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond. This funny yet deeply moving book--set to an awesome 80's soundtrack--captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood...and first love.

We Are Still Tornadoes is about two childhood and high school best friends, Cath and Scott, and it is absolutely adorable!

No, really. This book was SO CUTE. Ugh. Just…


They were so good and authentic.

Not just the romantic kind, but those too. We Are Still Tornadoes, written through a correspondence of letters between Cath and Scott, manages to capture the heart of every relationship they’ve both ever experienced, whether with each other, with their family members, or with friends and romantic interests.

Which is pretty amazing, given the limitations of the narration through letters. There were entire days and scenes completely unwritten because we don’t see the in-person interactions between Cath and Scott. All we, as readers, get is their accounts of what has already happened. Yet, somehow it works perfectly to convey just how special Cath and Scott’s relationship is.

Through their letters they support each other and help each other through the tough times they both experience, including divorce and loss, and they’re never shy of being completely honest when calling each other out their mistakes and poor decisions.

We Are Still Tornadoes, a title that is often mocked in the book yet still significant to the characters, captures the sweetness and importance of family, friends, and growing up (particularly in the 80’s).

Speaking of the 80’s, this book’s references, especially songs and bands, which combined with the lack of technology, will absolutely take you back to a time before social media was everywhere and our phones were everything but glued to our hands. Which is nice. For those of you who actually lived those times (not me), this book will be a great dose of nostalgia!

The characters are unbelievably easy to love, and the authors manage to really bring them to life through their letters. Cath was smart and funny, and  Scott was sarcastic and caring; when combined you have a very (shippable) genuine friendship that you can’t help but root for throughout the entire book, romance or not (you’ll have to read to find out if they’ll stay friends or maybe become something more).


I ADORED THIS BOOK. I felt like there was something lacking in the first half of the book, like I kept expecting there to be some greater meaning, but as is, this book is sweet and subtle, and I loved it.

*I received the book as an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. This did not, in any way, affect my review.*


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Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

5 Responses to “Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen”

  1. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Since you had mentioned on my blog that you liked books that have music in them, I was actually going to recommend this book to you so I’m thrilled to see you’ve already read it and enjoyed it as much as I did 🙂

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