Friday, October 17, 2014
Torn Away, by Jennifer Brown
A moving and engaging story that explores two powerful themes: the process of coping with loss and the meaning of family. These are hardly new themes, but Brown breathes new life into them with compelling characters and tightly-woven narrative. A story without a dull moment is a joy, but it's really the people in this story that made me thoroughly enjoy it. Brown has previously shown a talent (see Hate List or Bitter End) for creating rich and realistic characters with complex motivations, and she does not disappoint here. Most of all, it is Jersey's spirit and determination that wins over the reader, but even the most repulsive members of her father's family are interesting.