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We Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Michael Kun (Autor)

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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"--… (mais)
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Título:We Are Still Tornadoes: A Novel
Autores:Michael Kun (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Griffin (2016), 304 pages
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We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen is a humorous, poignant and heartwarming novel. Set in 1982, lifelong friends Scott Agee and Cath Osteen exchange letters as Cath goes off to college while Scott stays in their hometown to work in his family owned clothing store.

Although Cath is excited about attending college, she is a little homesick as she settles into dorm life. Through her letters to Scott, she fills him on her somewhat quirky roommate, freshman shenanigans and her surprisingly close friendship with Jane. From her first college romance to struggling to keep up in her classes, she humorously and sometimes sarcastically keeps her best friend apprised of everything going on her life. Her letters take on an unexpected serious tone as her first holiday visit home approaches and Cath finds out unsettling, life changing information about her parents.

Back home, Scott is adjusting to working in the clothing store and while he is not exactly overjoyed with his career path, he is appreciative that working with his dad has improved their relationship. With self-deprecating humor, he minimizes his decision to coast through high school but as the months pass, he is rather contemplative as he tries to understand why he chose not to focus on going to college. Forming a band with some of his friends provides Scott the opportunity to try his hand at songwriting and they reach a measure of success performing gigs at local establishments. While the majority of his letters are light-hearted and humor-filled, they become much more serious after an unexpected loss.

Although Cath and Scott do talk on the phone and see one another in person, these events are only referenced during letters they write after the fact. Their letters occasionally cross in the mail so there are a handful of slightly confusing out of sequence exchanges but the next letter helps make sense of things. The more serious aspects of their correspondence are deftly balanced with their playful banter and personal jokes. The occasional misunderstanding sometimes leads to angry exchanges but their longstanding friendship easily survives these squabbles.

An absolutely charming novel with a nostalgic vibe due to music references, mix tapes and letter exchanges, We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen has a refreshingly unique storyline and a wonderful cast of characters. While the overall tone of the novel is upbeat, Cath and Scott also undergo serious, life-altering events that strengthen their friendship. All in all, it is a captivating read that I absolutely loved and highly recommend to readers of all ages. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
The romance aspect of the book is slightly predictable, but that doesn't take away from the entertainment quality of the book itself. Readers who are fans of romance, especially young adult romance, will find this book endearing. Fans of writers like Sarah Dessen will definitely enjoy Kun and Mullen's writing. Read my full review at Between-the-Shelves! ( )
  Amanda7 | Oct 12, 2018 |
It would have been four stars, but they went thereboy and girl best friends must of course, of course realize they're in love with each other—with the ending. ( )
  BillieBook | Apr 1, 2018 |
In this Young Adult novel, Cath and Scott have grown up together as neighbors and best friends. Cath goes off to college while Scott stays home and goes to work for his dad at his clothing business. However, they maintain their friendship through a series of letters. It is through these letters that we learn more about these characters, their families and friends, as well as the important events in their respective lives. It is a sweet love story. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jan 16, 2017 |
This epistolary novel is set in the 1980’s, perhaps to account for the exchange of letters rather than emails, phone calls, or texts by the two central protagonists. The correspondence is between two best friends (since early childhood): Cath, who is beginning her freshman year at Wake Forest University, and Scott, a habitual “underachiever” who stayed in their hometown and is working in his father's clothing store.

What makes the book even more interesting is the fact that the two authors, a male and a female, each took the part of one of the protagonists, and wrote the book in a way analogous to the book’s format. As Susan Mullen reports in an interview:

“Primarily, we wrote it by swapping letters. We talked at the outset about the framework of the book and the characters, how it would take place over the course of one school year when Cath was a freshman in college and Scott was at home working in his dad’s clothing store. We had some key events that we wanted to hit, and a general idea of how the book would end – which we eventually scrapped – and then we just started writing.”

(They used emails however!)

The story is cute, if predictable. Cath and Scott have always dated other people, but it is each other to whom they repeatedly turn. Eventually they figure it out what this means.

Discussion: I liked the idea of the book, but I had a couple of quibbles with the story. One is that I didn’t feel the chemistry between Scott and Cath. Scott seems way less mature, and his intelligence comes through inconsistently. This is odd because when you read interviews between the two authors, there is a huge amount of chemistry, and they seem very well matched. I got the impression that Kun wasn’t clear at first on who he wanted Scott to be, although later in the book, the character evened out more.

Second, I thought the references to the 80’s were a bit ham-handed. There were a number of sentences in their correspondence like these:

“Oh, speaking of music, have you heard the new album by Prince? It’s called 1999. I’ve never heard anything like it.”

“Speaking of Dorothy, she came home from Thanksgiving with a copy of the new Michael Jackson album. It’s called Thriller, and it’s amazing with a capital A.”

“..we went to see this band that she told me about called R.E.M.”

On a positive note, I enjoyed the repeated riffs on and puns about the “We Will Always Be Tornadoes” graduation speech by their high school class president. I also liked the clever way that the letters “filled in” what happened when the two protagonists met up in person or talked on the phone. And finally, I loved finding actual interactions on the web between the authors about the book; the interviews were way more entertaining than the book itself! ( )
  nbmars | Nov 4, 2016 |
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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"--

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