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Torn Together

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Why does growing up have to be so difficult?

Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and—to top it all off—her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals—first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India—her cynic...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Evolved Publishing (first published August 14th 2012)
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Emlyn Chand
Jun 13, 2012 Emlyn Chand added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This little novel has had a very long journey to publication. It's my third full-length novel, but it's the first one I wrote. This is the book that made me a writer. I can't wait to share my story and make you all feel depressed :-P
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Fractured family relationships, unplanned teenage pregnancy and a person's personal fate are just some of the themes covered in Torn Together by Emlyn Chand. With a light touch of humor, plenty of emotional angst and likable characters, Ms. Chand drew me into her story about three different generations of women whose experiences together would shape their lives. Set in contemporary tim...more
I admit that I do not like comparing authors against each other. Authors have their own style and no one will ever write like someone else. Yes, there may be similarities. However, comparing authors against each other is like a parent comparing siblings. Everyone is different no matter what. I emailed the author earlier this week and told her I do not know if I could write a review for this book. I finished this book and immediately sent her an email. She replied and wanted to know why. My respo...more
Maggie Lynch
Emotional and obviously deeply personal, Torn Together is in the true tradition of sharing a young woman's journey to overcome her past and to find a future for herself that is uniquely hers. Ms. Chand does a lot right in this story. There is brilliant writing with turns of phrase and description that perfectly match the themes and moods in several scenes. Each character in the book is important to Daly's journey, with Kashi and Meghann taking on the largest roles of mentor and best friend.

For m...more
Ruth Hill
This is one of those books that definitely has its highs and lows. In fact, reviewing a book like this is more of a challenge than reading it. It is a young adult romance with a twist, and it will remind you of what is truly important in life. And this book even has an international flair. Read on to discover if this is a book you may like or not.

First of all, the profanity is extremely minimal, but it is there. The sex scenes are not overly graphic, but they are there. I don't enjoy the fact th...more
Aine Massie
4.5 Drops Review

Emotionally deep, Torn Together is both a contemporary romance and a coming of age (of sorts) story where Daly has to find herself in order to truly move forward with her future. The writing was perfect for the story type and characters. I devoured the story, being quite annoyed when I realized I had stayed up until 3 AM to finish it, lol.

The wide cast of characters are unique and each one truly has a place in Daly’s journey to self and love. The only issues I had were the reflec...more
Is it really fair to teach a life’s lesson by taking a life? I really felt as though that’s what this book was trying to do. I know it wasn’t but I thought it was cruel to take away something as perfect as Daly and Kashi.
Daly’s life fell into pieces the day her father died. Not even her mother could help her through it because Laine was fighting her own battle. Ever since that day their relationship was barely together by a thin thread. With each passing day it got worse and before they knew it...more
I'm one of those readers who often makes up my mind in the first few pages of a book whether I will like it and if I'd done that with this I wouldn't have read it. I found the start a little bit stilted but was determined to continue as it's not the kind of book I normally go for and I'm glad I did.
As many of the reviewers before me have said this book is ultimately about healing, dealing with the past and putting yourself back together. Daly the main character was very relatable though I have t...more
Paula Tohline Calhoun
It is once again my privilege to introduce to you, and hopefully to entice you, to read a book by Emlyn Chand. Emlyn has been an especially good blog friend of mine, almost from the beginning of my blogging “career.” She wants me to assure you, however, that my personal relationship with Ms. Chand does in no way affect the content of this review. I respect her talents far too much ever to do what is, in my mind, an injustice to the whole concept of Emlyn’s venture, “Novel Publicity.” For more in...more
Books Mom
What a rollercoaster!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I opted to review this book, but I enjoyed the YA by the author I read some time ago, so knew that the writing would be solid at the least. It was.

Ms. Chand has serious writing chops. Her prose is descriptive and clear, grammatically correct and evocative. It was for this reason I read through the entire book, even when Daly's anger wore me out or Laine's strange personality (loving, giving and sacrificial to anyone except her daughter) irri...more
My review:

Emlyn Chand is a wonderful author and her novel Torn Together well-written. The language flows very smoothly, it is easy to read and you find yourself in a world which you can easily relate to and amongst captivating characters.
What caught my eye even before I really could start reading was the design of the book. Not so much the cover, but inside the book. Each chapter starts with a small artwork together with the sentence which describes the chapter and besides that, you can actuall...more
Brenda Gayle
Emlyn Chand has this remarkable ability to bring diverse characters to life. There is nothing two-dimensional here. I wasn't crazy about Daly--I actually had more sympathy of her mother, Laine, although that could be an age thing--although she grew on me and I did care about what happened to her. Chand's YA experience came through very well in the character of Meghann, who was a delight. I hope this isn't her last women's fiction novel.
Torn Together is a heart-wrenching story of a mother and daughter whose relationship has been damaged by grief and how they dealt with it. Daly and her mother, Laine, are both struggling to move forward with their lives following the death of Daly’s father. She tries to deal with it through art while her mother retreats into literary worlds of classic novels. As a result, Daly does not feel connected to her mother and thinks she would have been happier to have never had her as a daughter.

A chanc...more
Daly English is a lonely art student when she meets Kashi, a pharmacist from India. Since her father's death ten years earlier, she and her mother have withdrawn into their grief and lost the ability to connect with one another. When Kashi enters her life, he brings the love and understanding Daly has needed for so long. Live, however, does not always turn out the way we think it will.

Torn Together is a wonderful YA novel about relationships, both familial and romantic. For me, the story of Dal...more
Sara Palacios
I received a copy of TORN TOGETHER by Emlyn Chand in exchange for an honest review.

Daly has issues with trust and it’s understandable why. Whether it stems from her cheating boyfriend, her dead father or her judgemental mother, no one has ever come through for her when she needed them to. But, that all begins to melt away when she meets Kashi, a charmer who wants more for Daly than she wants for herself. Their romance blossoms and what ensues is an uplifting love that carries Daly into a positiv...more
Sara Bree High
Torn Together
By Emlyn Chand
Reviewed by Bree High YATR

This is the second book I have gotten the chance to review by this wonderful author. I must say again I am not disappointed. I have now been slated in the "Love" Emlyn Chand fan club.
Daly our lovely Daly is full of issues of trust. I cannot imagine why? Her cheating boyfriend, her dead father or her Mom! Her Mother is very judgmental and I would say they do not have an easy relationship. She never really seems to have people in her life that s...more
Samantha Janning
Emlyn Chand is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Torn Together. This novel is a beautiful story about Daly English, a woman who doesn’t quite know her way yet. She has a difficult relationship with her mother, she still mourns the loss of her father, and she struggles with her art. Daly meets two people that have a profound effect on her life. First there is Meghann, a pregnant teenager who Daly is wary of at first. Daly is jealous of the relationship between her mom and Meghann, but quickly g...more
Liberty Ann (SnifferWalkBooks) Ireland
Dec 28, 2012 Liberty Ann (SnifferWalkBooks) Ireland rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women, Book Clubs, Mild Romance with Cultural overtones
My Review: 4 Stars, 2 Flames

This was a difficult book for me to read, though not from anything the author did. It was just that I could relate to Daly on many levels, starting with the traumatic death of her father to cancer. Daly grew up and led a challenging and somewhat painful life, having been essentially ignored by her mother following her dad's death. She had a few dragons to fight before she could live a peaceful and happy life.

The Good: My heart was either in my throat or with Daly from...more
Well I did not know what to expect when getting into this book I have not read anything by Emlyn but have heard good things. Well let’s just say I loved it!

Daly, is a girl whom has been through a lot in her life. Her father past away, her mother and her do not get along at all and here first long time boyfriend has just cheated on her. How does she move on from all this? Meeting Kashi, things begin to change. As well as her mother, Lanie, who is struggling to deal with her life and how to help h...more
Tuğçe Sevin
Bu yazı daha önce da yayınlanmıştır.

Genç edebiyatı yazarı olan Emlyn Chand’in ilk yetişkin kitabı Torn Together, geçtiğimiz aylarda yayımlandı ve bende Novel Publicity’nin düzenlediği blog turu sayesinde, oldukça güzel yazılmış bu kitabı okuma imkanı buldum.

Kitabımızın kahramanı Daly’nin erkek arkadaşı tarafından aldatılmasına şahit olarak başlıyor hikaye. Babasının ölümü sonrası kendini sanata vererek bu kayıpla başa çıkmaya çalışmıştır, ancak işler tam olarak umduğu...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
This is a story about Daly and is told by her. We are introduced to an artistic girl who has had it rough in her life. She lost her father quite some time back and her mother withdrew from her at the same time. She never really got a closure and is still grieving her dad. Trying to cope with the loss and handling her school work so that she could get a scholarship an Art school without any support from her mother is difficult enough. The only bright spot in her life was her boyfriend until she c...more
Jamie White
Emlyn Chand, author of the Farsighted series and Bird Brain books, returns with something a little different. Torn Together is a women’s fiction novel that tells the story of a young woman named Daly English.

After being cheated on by her boyfriend, Daly is hurt and defeated. She has a mother she can’t connect with, a dead father and no real friends to speak of. The only thing in her life she enjoys is her art. Even that proves to betray her, as she finds herself unable to produce anything worth...more
C.p. Bialois
For this week I nabbed Emlyn Chand’s latest release, Torn Together. Normally, I’m not a regular reader of women’s fiction, but I can honestly say I’m happy to have read this. For three years, the author worked on her novel, incorporating her own experiences into the book brought the characters to life and made you care for them.

The story centers on a young woman, Daly English as she tries to find true happiness. After losing her father ten years earlier, her relationship with her mother became s...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
When it comes to review writing, there are some books that are so easy to reflect on that the words come easily and naturally without much thought, and then there are the books on the other side of the spectrum, which are extremely difficult to write about. As a reviewer, you want to give your readers enough information about the book without spoiling the experience for them, but you also want to give them honest information so that if they pick up the book because of you, they’re not foiled by...more
Diane Mulligan
Torn Together tells the story of a sweet romance with enough surprises along the way to keep the reader guessing. Told mostly from Daly's point of view with brief chapters from the points of view of several other characters to heighten the drama, it is a heartfelt story of serendipity, loss, and redemption.

For me, the story came to life when Daly joined Kashi on a trip to India to meet his parents. Chand does a great job convey the bustle of Dehli and Daly's sense of culture shock through vivid...more

Why does growing up have to be so difficult?

I honestly cant say enough good things about this book. I was so very lucky to meet the author and when I read the book I was fell in love. Mostly with the characters and the way they were written. It is a very emotional book and the main topic is recovery from loss. Whether you have gone through a loss such as the passing of a parent or a relative, you will be inspired by Daly English. Her explanation of her name is given and it is her Mother maiden n...more
Nicole Henke
I have known Emlyn for 2 years, and she has always sent me lovely books to read, via Novel Publicity, so it came as no surprise to me that she was ready to write her own women's fiction book and I was thrilled when she asked me to review it!

The book is interesting in that it is aimed at the women's market, yet is perfectly fit for say college age teen to read. It is at the same time an adult mother/daughter story and a coming of age romantic tale. I think depending on the reader's age, which cha...more

Recovering from a romantic break-up Daly has lost direction in her life so her mum takes it upon herself to force a friendship between Daly and one of the young pregnant girls, Meghann, that she is helping at work. The pair soon become fast friends and it is on a shopping trip together that they meet Kashi, a young Indian man who soon becomes a very important part of Daly’s life.

Torn Together is a love story with a difference. Mixing a girl and a boy from different cultures brings its own set of...more
Nash Nordin
I received a copy of Torn Together by Emlyn Chand from CLP Blog Tour as part of the blog tour.

Torn Together told a story of Daly, who was having a hard time—her relationship with her mother wasn’t really good, she wasn’t sure of her future as an artist, and on top of that, she just found out that her long-term boyfriend was having an affair. Her life began to change when her mother asked her to befriend with Meghann, a pregnant teen, and later, she met with Kashi, a sweet Indian guy who believe...more
Daly English walks in to find her boyfriend with another woman, only to leave distraught and have to deal with her estranged and difficult relationship with her mother. Daly doesn’t let anyone close, she pours her soul into her art rather than let anyone inside shouldering her emotions in a time of need.

Daly’s life begins to unravel into something different, her mother takes on a pregnant teenager teaching her the most important lessons she can offer but Daly isn’t convinced of the new woman sh...more
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Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoy...more
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