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

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…

ALL OF THE RELATIONSHIPS!

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).

Verdict?

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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