Still Life With Tornado
A sixteen-year-old girl has an existential crisis that finds her confronting her younger and older selves in a surreal YA novel.
Still Life with Tornado at first seems to be about Sarah as she grapples with being a teenager, school and friend troubles, and a desire to find her place in the world. In a surreal twist, Sarah encounters and begins discussing life with a 10-year-old, 23-year-old, and 40-year-old version of herself. As the story progresses, layers are pulled back. In addition to the mystery of her school troubles, Sarah is forced to relive the past and discover why her absent brother left and the truth of her parent’s relationship.
As with most of King’s stellar YA novels, Still Life with Tornado fools you as a reader. At first blush, the story seems to revolve around typical teenage angst. Slowly, however, you are pulled deeper, and eventually the true issues come to light: the price of secrets, the strain of toxic relationships, and ultimately how power is abused and how the abused cope. Still Life with Tornado will stick with you long after you close the book. Don’t let the YA label fool you, this is a book everyone should read.
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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