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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,521 ratings  ·  389 reviews
Alice King isn't expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can't escape.

Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their li
Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by Quercus (first published September 22nd 2011)
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Having previously read Entangled, I was aware that Cat Clarke is unafraid to take readers to very difficult places in her confronting, intense novels. I knew that Torn would be an emotionally complicated book. But perhaps I wasn’t quite prepared for what a position of discomfort it was about to place me in, or the deeply disturbing implications it would force me to contemplate.

In Torn, Clarke skilfully taps into the emotional cesspit that accompanies guilt: the consuming dread, self-loathing an
Kylie Simpson
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I really dislike Cat Clarke. Not only is she funny and intelligent, but she writes wonderful books that keep you glued to the page until the bitter end. Damn her and her incredible talent. Her characters are both wonderfully real, and credibly flawed, and you find youself relating to them much as you would a friend of a friend. After reading Entangled, with its much loathed protagonist (that i actually loved), Torn was such a change, but equally compelling. I dont like to compare Cat's nove ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alice has a secret.
She has a big secret that is eating her up inside.
She knows something but she couldn’t bring herself to say it.
Something happened to Tara Chambers.
Tara is dead.
Alice knows how she died.
She knows.
But she and three other girls swore that they’ll keep their mouth shut about what happened.
Then Tara’s brother Jack enters the picture.
Alice likes Jack.
Her conscience is killing her.
Jack told her he likes her.
Alice was restless and confused.
Will her conscience win her over and tell Tar
Four girls. One dead body.

If that doesn't sell you immediately, then I don't know what will.

This is such and underhyped book. I was completely blown away the first time I read this at thirteen and it has aged remarkably well - I am still in awe of just how insanely gripping it is and how convincingly Cat Clarke writes as a contemporary teenager.

Torn is as deeply disturbing as it is heartfelt with an enthralling plot, a sarcastic bite and a bloody good twist. Clark holds the suspense taut until t
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, Cat Clarke. I don't know whether to fall at your feet and worship you, or hunt you down and punch you in the face! But to explain why I'm feeling so torn (he he... that was unintentional but see what I did there?) would be very spoilerific. So let's get back to the whole reviewing part of this review.

I read and reviewed Clarke's first book, Entangled, a short while back. You can read my gushy praise of that incredible book here. I adored it. I adored it so much I gave it five stars (after
Got a secret
Can you keep it?
Swear this one you'll save
Better lock it, in your pocket
Taking this one to the grave
If I show you then I know you
Won't tell what I said
Cause two can keep a secret
If one of them is dead...

Sounds familiar? No shit!
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read this so much that I ordered it from the UK. Not one single library near me owned it. I think I was drawn in by the very pretty cover and the blurb on the back. Unfortunately, the blurb on the back is only about one quarter of the book. I expected a "We Know What you Did Last Summer" type read, and what this is.....well, it's kind of a messed up love story.
I think they should have called this book "How Not to Be A Friend", and it had the potential to be an awesome book of realis
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really don't know how to sum up this book. I truly, truly hated it. The main reason for me giving this book 1 star was the complete lack of plot and any kind of build up, a very weak romantic sub-plot, no originality and total predictability, and the single most frustrating, selfish and weak characters I've probably ever read about. I think 'cringey dialogue' and 'weak plot' probably sum up this book for me, and I honestly wanted to throw the main character and her equally dull romantic counte ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5

I added this to my wishlist because I am a visual person :D
Had the cover saved on my laptop for weeks now as "beautiful cover" and I thought I might check the blurb today - absolutely INTRIGUING! Can't wait to buy this babe...

Okay whew.
I stayed up till way past midnight to finish this and that's something that hasn't happened quite often lately.

I love it when books mess with my feelings, when I physically feel something whilst reading, that way I know I
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't really know how to assess this book. It was very complex... It's got me into a right mess, it's like someone took the inside of my head and shook it like a tube of M&M's. Countless moments while reading I put the book down and just bathed in my shock. My favorite thing about this book is the fact that it's not predictable. I can normally sniff out the ending a mile off, but this book is definitely in a league of it's own in that venue. However, one of my least favorite things about this ...more
Stef White
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just LOVE Cat Clarke. I love that she takes us to such dark places and makes us feel everything! I loved this one particularly because she talks about something close to my heart and something I struggle with daily.
I always fly through her books because I just can't get enough of them her writing style is so easy to get in to and keep you there.
Can't wait for another one :)
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Magical World Of Words

Ooooh *shivers*
I really enjoyed this book.

It wasn't a nice story in the slightest, but it was decently written and constantly entertaining. I literally could not put the book down. I was utterly gripped, terrified, and freaked out. It was vividly and intimately haunting, and the subject matter was agonising. It was a probing look into the lives of school girls made even more horrifying by the fact that they were my age. It was creepy and frightening for me to read about t
Jacqueline Escobar
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
"Four girls. One dead body." I was so intrigued by these two sentences. I had to read it. It sounded so different from any YA book I'd read before. Four girls caught up in a murder, who wouldn't want to read that? Sadly it didn't live up to what I thought it would be.

The first part of the book was good. I loved the setting in the beginning at the funeral. The mystery at the beginning was played out well. It made you want to read on and find out what happened and how exactly these four girls were
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Cat Clarke is one of the those rare YA authors that actually write truthful books. Books that really hit at your emotions yet feel as though they were written purely for the teen market. You could easily compare her to the likes of Courtney Summers, Laurie Halse Anderson and Joanna Nadin all of whom write brilliantly written young adult fiction.

Torn is Cat’s second novel after the wonderfully written Entangled. Torn tells us the story of Alice, a teenagers from London who is hiding a dark and te
Zoe and the Edge
It’s too weird to think about – how death seems to rewrite all the rules.

That about sums up the book. Some strange and scary shit goes down and all you can do is keep turning the pages to find out how it ends.

Alice - My heart is clearly stupid. It has a tendency to get overexcited for no reason.

Alice's gentle sarcasm and storytelling sucked me in fast. I don't know what it is about her, I just liked her tone. She's a normal, extremely average girl.
There's something so sinister and subt
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
At first glance, the storyline of Torn – teenage prank gone wrong – may seem familiar, even hackneyed but to dismiss it as such would be a grave mistake. While other writers may have been tempted to use this premise as the basis for an angst ridden mystery, Cat Clarke rather deftly uses it as a basis for a fascinating study of guilt, grief and the constantly shifting currents of teenage hierarchy. However, Clarke doesn’t veer entirely away from mystery and thriller territory here and at times To ...more
Karen Hitchmough
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying to remember a time when I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one. A time when I actually read an entire book in only one day. This book was amazing. I have only just finished reading it and my emotions are all jumbled and mashed up in a state of never wanting to part from reading this book.

The main character Alice, I loved her. I actually loved her. She was so perfect even though she was kind of messed up with everything that had happened. I think it's the way the author really
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A funeral without a body is like a wedding without a bride, or a groom."

This is my second read of Torn and I still ended up feeling like I've been punched in the gut.

From the moment Torn starts, we are told about the mystery surrounding Tara's death and while the details surrounding her death are revealed quite early, they become more murky, disturbing and messed up as the story progresses.

The characters in Torn might be stereotypical, there's the mean girls, the emo chick and the social
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
i have a weird relationship with cat clarke's books. i read girlhood and i gave it 2 stars but i really really liked it apart from the ending, which i absolutely despised. the same case happened with this one. it was so interesting and fast paced.. i brought it with me to my 2 day long trip to switzerland and i thought i wouldn't be able to finish it during that time but i read it in just 3 hours. i couldn't stop reading but the conclusion just wasn't there ?? nothing happened ??? but depite tha ...more
Katie Hurse
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
So often when I'm reading a Cat Clarke book, I'll read it in one sitting. They're entertaining, easy, accessible, and this one was no exception. Cat's books are kind of like domestic thrillers, just YA, basically.
I guess my problem moving forward with her writing is that I have zero emotional connection to any of her plots or characters. I don't know if that's important to Cat when writing, but it's important to me when reading - EVEN if it's a thriller!! I don't think I can honestly say I've e
Louise Mackin
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Entangled about 18 months ago & loved it so when this book came on offer for kindle, I couldn't wait to download & read it.

I have read quite a few YA books recently & it's becoming one of my favourite genres. I found this book very hard to put down & the short chapters we're partly to blame for this. I was very intrigued as to what was going to happen all the way through the book.

I loved this book so much I've decided to read another of Cat's books next, The lost & the found.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading

This book is intriguing, with an interesting storyline. The book is enjoyable but I would say the ending feels unfulfilled even if it is justified.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It's too weird to think about - how death seems to rewrite all the rules. People who never talked to each other can suddenly cry together. People who used to be close can hardly bear to be in the same room.”
Jul 03, 2013 added it
Shelves: i-own
I tried to write a review for this book and when I was finally pretty much finished and satisfied with it, my laptop shut down and I lost everything. This has happened to everyone and it never gets any less frustrating no matter how many times it happens. Ugh. So here I go again - my second try at writing a decent review; I can guarantee it won't be half as good as the first I wrote, so apologies in advance.

The idea behind Torn is what made me want it to read it so much. Alice King goes on a sch
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Alice and her best friend Cass get stuck sharing a cabin with the school queen bee Tara and social outcasts Polly and Rae they know they're not going to enjoy their school trip to Scotland. But after a plan to get revenge on Tara goes horribly wrong things take a devastating turn for the worse and nothing will ever be the same again.

I loved Cat Clarke's debut novel Entangled when I read it last year so I couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest book Torn. I'm happy to say that this book
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Alice and Tara used to be friends, but now Tara is popular, and Alice isn’t.
When they are forced to share a cabin with 3 other girls whilst on a school trip, Alice isn’t impressed at Tara’s behaviour towards one of the other girls, and although she initially doesn’t want to, she joins in on a prank on Tara that goes horribly wrong.
Can the girls live with the secret of what happened to Tara? Can Tara’s family move on without her? And could something have been
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Cathy MacPhail, Catherine Forde and Kevin Brooks
Shelves: reviewed
Lucky enough to get an early review copy of this, I looked forward to reading it with curiosity. Having read Clarke's first novel, Entangled and really appreciated the twists and turns it provided, I wondered what she could do with her second offering. It did not disappoint. Now I should make a few things clear. I got this as a freebie from the publisher, I know that some bloggers and reviewers who get publisher freebies ooze gratuitously all over the books, regardless of whether they are a bit ...more
It took me quite a long time to finish this novel and I'm that kind of person, who stops reading a book as soon as it gets boring or annoying. So normally this is a bad sign for my rating, but in this case I really had to stop reading it because I dreaded the ending and wanted to prolong coming to the end as long as possible. Obviously it didn't work out since I'm writing this review *g* I won't tell you what's going to happen then, so don't be afraid. This is one of these stories that will stay ...more
Beth (bibliobeth)
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having read Cat Clarke's debut novel Entangled and really enjoying it, I was excited to read this, her second book. Now I know I've only read two of her books, but I'm guessing that Clarke doesn't like to shy away from difficult or intense subjects! Our main character Alice, is heading off on a school trip to Scotland with her best friend Cass, but ends up being stuck in a cabin with two typical teenage misfits, Polly and Rae, and the most popular (and horrible) girl in the school Tara. Things g ...more
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Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes chees

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