Contemporary · YA

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen


We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

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.

SOURCE:  finished copy from publisher for review

Story Breakdown:

We are Still Tornadoes is told entirely in letters between two friends, one who goes off to college (Cath) and the other who is at home helping with the family business and trying to figure out who he is now that school if over (Scott).

Overall Thoughts:

This format for me is very entertaining and makes reading fly by but at the same time I feel a little unsure how to review. Since we are never really in any of the situations that happened (we are always at least a day behind) it’s hard to fully connect to a character to say what stood out for them both good and bad.  The setting was a great pick (1982-1983) and I absolutely loved hearing about “new” bands and the discovery of some of the classics we know today.  I can tell you from what I read after the second letter I felt like if someone was making the effort to write me this much I’d have to reevaluate our current relationship status because this is/was a huge commitment.  Letter writing truly is a romantic and lost art.

This is a great pick for anyone loving books set in a specific time period and whoever might be interested in friends to more story.




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