- Published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
- Year Published: 2012
- Description: 248 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Storm chasers -- Fiction.
- Tornadoes -- Fiction.
- Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
- Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
- Alcoholism -- Fiction.
- Family problems -- Fiction.
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown Teen
Minnesota seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister has devoted years to helping her out-of-control, alcoholic mother but joining her brother in chasing tornadoes for a summer gives her a fresh perspective, new options, and her first real romance.
But she has wildly mixed feelings about her brother, too. Yes, he's taken her in for the summer, letting her ride along on his tornado-chasing adventures. However, he left her alone with her mother for years--years when he could have been helping. Jane has a lot of issues to work through in one short summer, but this isn't just an "issue" book. It's also a wild romp through the great plains as rival tornado chasers try to get the most footage, do the best research, and be the most noticed by the television cameras. There are secrets, rivalries, back-stabbing, and one cute boy in the mix, making this a super read that I could not put down!
Jane makes some hard choices along the way, torn between her desire to help her mom and her desire to see mom help herself. Torn between living full-time with Ethan and going back home. Torn between doing what's easy and doing what's right. My heart ached for her and I kept turning the pages, watching her stumble, watching her get up again, and, finally, watching her triumph. It was a great read for teens and for anyone who remembers what it was like to be one.
I would love to see high school English classes read some of these and hear the discussions!
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