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The Stormchasers

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  2,046 ratings  ·  410 reviews
The author of the runaway "New York Times" bestseller "Those Who Save Us" returns with a powerful novel about twins who must confront a dark secret from their past.
Jenna Blum's debut novel became a grassroots sensation and was a "New York Times" bestseller for more than a year. In this emotional and provocative new novel, Blum asks the question: How far would you go to p
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Published May 1st 2010 by Plume Books (first published 2010)
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Jenna Blum
Feb 28, 2010 Jenna Blum rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the best new novel I've ever written.
Linda C
Jenna Blum writes very well, but this book wasn't in the same league as her debut novel, "Those Who Save Us," which was brilliant. This was simply an ok, easy read, 3 stars-- while there were some beautifully written passages, at the end of the day, I'm not sure how much I cared about these people and their issues.

The book was divided into three sections-- present day Karena searching for her brother, past when Kerena and Charles were children, and present after the big reunion. The middle secti
Laura Droege
I first heard of The Stormchasers while researching comparative titles for my book proposal. (No, I’m not published, but I still needed to know what other novels dealt with similar subject matter.) So I picked up a copy from the library and devoured it in a few days.

Karena, a 38-year-old news reporter, has been searching for her missing bipolar twin brother for over two decades. When she gets word that he has been hospitalized, she is both relieved (at last, she’ll see him!) and fearful (has he
First off I really like the cover. Usually I don't think too much about them unless they are terrible, but I really liked that the sister is on the front and then if you turn it around the brother is on the back (and no faces). I appreciated that the book was set in the mid-west (tornado alley to be specific); an often neglected part of the US.

The moment you start reading the book you know this woman has problems. Though she is successful in her job and money, her personal life is another story
I was really excited to read this book, especially after reading the synopsis. I immediately thought of the movie Twister, a movie that I love, and I had hoped this book would be similar in plot and action, unfortunately my hopes had been dashed. I was disappointed in the delivery of the action sequences. I felt Jenna Blum was a little lackadaisical in the description of the tornado/storm chases. I felt a little let down in some parts, because I wanted more. The feeling of being thrilled or some ...more
Emlyn Chand
Can you imagine the strange incompleteness one must experience when carrying-on life in the absence of her twin sibling? Factor in that Karena’s twin, Charles, suffers unmedicated bipolar disorder and that she hasn’t seen him for twenty years. And, oh yeah, he left her after a catastrophic event tore them apart—a secret they keep sheltered from the rest of the world.

One day, Karena receives a call from an unknown hospital three states away. Her brother is being treated there. Karena rushes to th
Erika Robuck
When The Stormchasers begins, Karena Jorge is turning 38, but in spite of her newspaper job and close friends, her life feels empty. She feels the vacancy of her separation from her bipolar, storm-chasing twin, Charles. Before the day is over, she gets the call she’s been anticipating for years–a psychiatric ward in Kansas contacts her looking for the family of a man who has just checked in. Once Karena is able to get to the hospital, her brother is gone, but she is determined to find him. Karen ...more
Laura Busch
Thanks to the wonderful author I was able to obtain an advance copy of The Stormchasers. I can highly recommend this book which will be on sales May 27th. new and very different subject matter, very refreshing.
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 4/17/11:

When I was approached about reading this novel I hesitated. I have never been particularly interested in the weather or bi-polar disorder. Furthermore, these topics seemed like a massive undertaking to merge into one cohesive novel. However, I am really trying this year to read things outside of my normal reading comfort zone and broaden my horizons with new genres and authors. Because Goldberg McDuffie has never lead
Chera DeHoff
Miss Blum has done it again…she has taken me on yet another emotional journey with her vivid, flowing way of storytelling … in Stormchasers we are gently careened into the life of Karena Jorge, a journalist who has not seen her twin brother Charles in twenty years. Charles suffers from bipolar disorder. On their birthday-eve, Karena gets an unexpected phone call that sets her on a course to find Charles within his realm of storm chasing, where she finds love and understanding in Kevin. We are th ...more
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unsatisfying..., August 13, 2010

This review is from: The Stormchasers (Hardcover)
This book was not on the same level as Blum's previous work, Those Who Save Us. Although I enjoyed this narrative well enough at the beginning, the middle really dragged, and the ups and downs of reading about Karena dealing with obstinate Charles (the twin with severe bipolar illness) wore me out and ultimately bored me.

Although the metaphor of stormchasing and bipolar "storms" was apt
David Sullivan
Here's my review that I posted on Amazon:

Storms are such an apt metaphor for this well-written novel that moves along as if caught in a tornado's cycling winds. There are the actual storms, brought to life with descriptive prose, full of color, fury and passion. Then there are the storms between characters, brother and sister, children and parents, boyfriend and girlfriend. And finally, there is the storm that rages in Charles' head, electric synapses firing in unpredictable sequences, connectin
This book was written well enough to read quickly and was engaging enough that I wanted to keep reading. I loved "Those Who Save Us" and was expecting something great from Jenna Blum, but this is nothing like "Those Who Save Us" - not in writing style, type of story, nothing similar at all. I was really thrown off by that.

I felt very distracted throughout this book. I don't know if it was Blum's writing style so much as her inability to convince me that she knew about bipolar disorder. I felt l
I was a huge fan of Those Who Save Us so I was really psyched to see that Jenna Blum had a new book out. The Stormchasers was a very quick read, but nowhere near as fulfilling as Those Who Save Us was. The story centers on Karena and Charles, fraternal twins who have been estranged since Charles' bipolar disorder landed him in the hospital 20 years earlier. Charles is a storm chaser, following tornados and equating them to the storm of emotions in his own head that his disorder brings him. Karen ...more
Tami Nelson
WOW!!! Double WOW!
This book was AMAZING! I just got it in the mail (free courtesy of Goodreads, and the Author/Publisher..Thank you very much by the way), yesterday, and 24 hours later I have finished it. I love this book so much, it was impossible to pit this book down. I love the way Jenna describes the whole twin dynamic, of Charles and Karena.
This book is about a divorced woman (Karena), who in her search for her bipolar twin brother (Charles) finds a love that she never thought she was g
Can't wait for this to come out on May 27!!
Jenna Blum's newest novel The Stormchasers relates the story of fraternal twins Karena and Charles Hallingdahl. Estranged for twenty years, Karena receives a phone call one day from a hospital that is treating her brother for anxiety attacks. Karena leaves her life in the Twin Cities to travel to Kansas to see her brother, so long missing from their family. However, by the time she arrives Charles has been discharged from the hospital and is gone once again. Karena explains to the doctor who tre ...more
Christi Craig
"Go get him, Karena, he said. You’re the only one who can.

And Karena knew this to be true, from the nights she was the only one who could sing Charles to sleep, the only one who could coax him off the roof, keep him from climbing the water tower, make him stop chanting that song, stop bouncing that ball, stop kicking that door. She ran out into the lot, tasting the dirt in the air, positioning herself…where Charles would either have to stop or run her down….

~ from The Stormchasers

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Rachel Carr
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Jenna Blum’s novel The Stormchasers : A Novel is a heartbreaking story of family and love. As we follow Karena on a search for love and her brother, Charles, Charles is plagued with bi-polar disorder and a chronic need to follow danger. Charles and Karena are twins who haven’t seen each other in 20 years due to his illness. Karena constantly checks stormchaser websites to look for updates her bro
It is rare to find a great story that contains a mystery, a great romance, and proof of the ties that bind family members, but Jenna Blum has created just that in this gripping novel. Told through the narration of Karena, the book begins with a phone call from a hospital as they tell her that her twin brother has requested that they notify her that he has been admitted. The shocker though is that Karena has not seen her brother in twenty years and Karena has been desperately searching for him ev ...more
I wasn't sure when I first read this book what I would think. It was intriguing but about the middle it got so good I couldn't put it down. Karena is a twin, her brother Charles or Chuck has a lifelong history of being bipolar, which caused a lot of problems and is the reason she hasn't seen him in 20 years. The book goes back and forth so you find out what happened to make them not see each other for that long, and what happens in the future.

Karena goes on a "twister tour", doing an "assignment
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I loved Blum's first book, Those Who Save Us, and so I was somewhat eager to read her second novel, The Stormchasers. Somewhat, because while she is clearly a fantastic writer, a second novel is often either disappointing or a near-replica of the first book. Authors who continue to write the same book over and over bug me, and so I can thankfully report Blum is not among them. However, I did not love this book like I did the first.

This is a modern-day story, of Karena and Charles, twins who grew
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Karena Jorge is one-half of twins. Her brother, Charles, has been missing for some time, with no contact. Then, on the day of their thirty-eighth birthday, Karena gets a phone call from a mental ward in Wichita, Kansas, saying her brother had been there and they needed her help bringing him back in. Charles, who is Bi-Polar, has always loved chasing tornadoes. Karena knows she will have to chase a few storms herself if she wants any hope in finding her lost brother. With the help of a handsome t ...more
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I don't remember hearing about this at all when it came out; I found it when I was in the stacks, and picked it up because I'd loved Those Who Save Us. This book, though entirely different in setting, is of equal quality. It is a story about 38-year-old Karena and her bipolar, tornado-chasing twin, Charles, told in four parts: Karena in July 2008; Karena and Charles in 1988, the summer after their senior year of high school; Karena and Charles in August 2008; and an epilogue, set a year later, i ...more
Heather Hall-Martin
I met Jenna at the local library several weeks ago. Had I not met her I probably would not have read her book so soon, however it would have been on my "want to read list." She made a presentation at the library that was excellent. She had a powerpoint presentation with some fascinating shots of tornadoes. She explained the relationship between the tornadoes and the character(s) in her book - which really deals with the issue of bipolar. The book was excellent in every aspect. Well written due t ...more
This book at one point reminded me of a movie a few years ago that I liked a lot: Twister. The film was about tornado hunters chasing these "giant" to examine them, to understand them even better scientifically in order to alert the population and put away in a relatively shorter. Here to be "driven"are the time - even if we find a few tornadoes to tell the truth - and are also described very well how they are formed, as "non-functioning", as they dissolve. The author captures the reader with a ...more
Rachel Gioia
I just love Jenna Blum! Once I read Those Who Save Us, I knew I would be HOOKED on this author! For anyon who has read Those Who Save Us, Stormchasers is absolutely nothing like it! However, what a fantastic read! I am usually a very fast reader but have been so busy lately that it much longer than normal for me to finish such a great book. I found myself trying to make time whenever possible to squeeze in some more reading time! This book is the story of twins; one, a successful, divorced write ...more
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Author of the New York Times bestseller THOSE WHO SAVE US (Harcourt, 2004) and THE STORMCHASERS (Dutton, May 2010).
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