What a fun read! We Are Still Tornadoes is funny and smart and sweet in all the right places. This is a five star read that will engage a broad audience. Lived through the eighties? You will appreciate the references. Just lived your first year away from home? You will be so connected. It wasn’t what I expected, but it turned out to be exactly what I wanted.
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.
I’m always cautious about novels that are in the format of letters – it is easy to loose character voices or skimp on the imagery when forced to rely only on the words the characters actually commit to the page. I can honestly say that nothing was lost in this book. Cath and Scott are vivid and distinct voices, and their letters make it easy to picture exactly what is taking place both within and between the lines. I was quickly drawn into their dramas and their daily lives alike. Their comraderie shines through every exchange, and it is charming. The story their exchanges tell is a universal one – it is the story of growing up and seeing things through a new, more adult perspective. While I think my high school readers will enjoy this book, it will really hit the mark with the new adults and beyond crowd because this is the audience who will better understand what Cath and Scott are going through the first year out of high school. I’m adding it to my high school classroom library wish list, but this is also one I would definitely recommend to my adult friends, especially those who enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments. Language and situations are appropriate for mature high school readers.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.