Olivia Folmar Ard

Book Reviews

Here, I will share with you my 3.5, 4- and 5-star reads. Let's fangirl together! 

Note: Unfortunately, I am no longer able to accept review requests. Between writing, working full-time, attending courses for my second bachelor's degree,  and freelance projects, I just don't have the time. Once I finish reading and reviewing the ARCs I've already received, I will be reviewing personal library items only.

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

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 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 heartarche, 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.


My Review

Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives, having lived across the street from one another as long as they can remember. After they graduate in 1982, Cath leaves Maryland to attend college in North Carolina and Scott stays put, working in his father's clothing store as he hasn't made plans for college. They keep their friendship alive through frequent letters, and as the year turns out to be more tumultuous than either of them expected, their bond to one another only grows. 

I began reading this book with little to no expectations. The cover and title initially drew me in, to the point that I don't think I even read the description before requesting it. When I began reading it and realized it was an epistolary novel set in the eighties, I was wary, but I kept at it. I'm so glad I did. We Are Still Tornadoes practically reads itself--I was shocked when I read it in less than two days. I just couldn't stop turning the page. The pacing is brilliant, the format works well with the story, and the characters are amazingly complex for a book of this length. I hope Michael Kun and Susan Mullen team up again, maybe with a Scott and Cath sequel! Their collaboration is flawless and beautiful. 

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.