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The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin
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Jan 03, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: gifted_or_galleys, read-young-adult, favourite-young-adult
Read from June 26 to August 02, 2012

The Waiting Sky is a gorgeously written piece of contemporary YA: romantic, raw, and unflinching all at once. Zielin has a singular style of true-to-life writing and her protagonists are compelling in their strengths and faults. I found Jane to be a striking protagonist, both frustratingly blind to her mother's weaknesses and lies, yet formidable and captivating.

Escaping a punishing home life- but one that she may return to- Jane finds herself traveling around with her brother and his unwieldy troupe of tornado chasers. While trying to fall-in with this new offbeat crowd and trying to survive Tornado Alley, Jane also finds herself having to fight her emotional demons- and her mother- head-on. The idea of having Jane's narrative revolve around tornadoes is completely unique. The backdrop of the tornadoes- the physical descriptions of them, and Jane's emotional pull of being among the chaos- is fantastically written. The interplay between: Jane's disturbing home life; her anger at her brother for leaving; her wanting a relationship with Max; and her fear of leaving her mother are set against cataclysmic, unstoppable tornadoes which create this taut friction to the inevitable showdown.

If you have read Zielin's previous novels, then I definitely suggest reading The Waiting Sky. If you are a fan of realistic fiction, contemporary YA along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson, Katherine Paterson, John Green, and Jennifer E. Smith, then I think you will enjoy this.

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