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Torn Souls

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  43 reviews
This book is dedicated to all the children who have lost their lives from being bullied and the ones who will find the strength and courage to continue on...

The unspeakable acts of bullying can destroy a life. So many children are affected in the world and together we can make a difference. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world.

Julia Stone’s life has been turne
Paperback, 295 pages
Published October 12th 2012 (first published October 11th 2012)
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Katherine Rochholz
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read! It should be in high schools. This book is just wow! I don't even know where to start! I love the characters, Alex and Julia are easy to love and their story is makes this a great YA Novel! I am not a big fan of YA never have been, thought I have started reading more and more of it lately. This book I would recommend to everybody! I am normally really hard on YA books because of the situations they show, but is is real stuff, and shows YA as it should be shown. Bullying ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I was highly disappointed in this book. The reviews made this sound like the most awesome book about bullying and teen issues. So, I bought it. I wish I wouldn't have.

So here is the thing, this book isn't terrible. It is an alright story. It isn't a nail biter, it doesn't leave you emotionally distraught (in fact, it barely registered on my emotional scale), and it leaves you wanting so much more.

For a book dealing with the heavy topic of bullying, I expected more. You barely see any evidence of
Lou Ann Warren
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author to read and review. This is an inspirational book and I feel that all public and non-public school should have copies this book in their library. I have been bullied. I know exactly what it's like. There are many forms of bullying and this is just one of many. The author came across sincere with this story and I could totally relate to Julia's story. Instead of becoming a victim, she stood up for her rights with out retaliation on her bully. Julia is a true he ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stunning-reads
Torn Souls by Crystal Cattabriga
What a brilliant uplifting young adult fiction book. This book is about Julia, whom being bullied at school first only by snide remarks etc soon becomes a victim of Bridget and her passé who escalates her victimization with each new onslaught.
Julia is a very nice, young girl and a very well developed character. Her parents are both busy professionals but their relationship with their only child is never strained nor tainted and I loved that Julia had a good home t
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost I received an eARC copy of this book directly from the author in return for a review :)
This story is about a girl named Julia,who is uprooted from her home she knows to NYC.The great thing about this move is her new found friend Alex, who supports her in anything everything she decides. After being bullied at school by the "popular clique" verbally, this escalates into something more, physical abuse. Julia with the help of Alex, her parents and the community she is able to sta
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages and genres
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Crystal Cattabriga Author
10*s+…I recieved an eARC copy of this book directly from the author in return for an honest review.
WOW……Torn Souls, what an awesome title for an awesome story and released just in time for National Cyber Bully Awareness Month too!! Crystal Cattabriga has done it again and wrote a fantastic story of friendship, love, trust, and bullys!! Crystal has a way of capturing her audience with her writing in a way that it affects the feelings of teens to adults. This story is a real down home, heart warmi
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't awful it had a good message and had all the best intentions. However it was just a bit too "leave it to beaver" for me. The authors voice came across dry and formal. I couldn't get a read on some of the characters. Alex, for instance, I thought was gay until about 80% through the book. I didn't think the book was super believable. I mean the average bullied high school student isn't going to rise above to such heights as passing new laws and getting national recognition. Sad, bu ...more
Jeannette Weber
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There isn't enough words to say how good this book was. I was actually in tears by the ending of the book. This subject is really personal to me since my daughter was a victim of bullying and shes only seven. I think this book should be in every school. It will give the kids the courage to speak out or make a difference to change something they do not like about school. Crystal Cattabriga doesn't know this but she gave a lot of students/kids hope by writing this book. She made a huge difference ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this should be a required book for each child from a young age up until they are seniors in highschool. Amazing story about how one girl pushed forward to stop being bullied and did something about it. I also want to state I love how the author had the parents care about their children and encouraged them and knew what they were doing at all times.. They acted like a family unit and in todays world you just dont see that anymore..
Adriana Aviles
Nov 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book because I'm passionate about anti-bullying. I got to 30% of the book and could not continue. After 8 chapters of the character's day to day boring routine, I had to put the book down. It is very rare that I don't finish a book, but I could just not do it anymore!
Jacquie Talento
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is Julia’s story and her fight on how she handled being bullied in school and her plans to change how it is handled in the school systems. With her parents and Alex’s support, Julia makes it possible to see thru an innocent’s eyes.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A moving story that inspires and leaves you cheering. I hope this book ends up in school libraries. But it's not just for kids around the world it's for everyone.
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The subject matter was a good one, and like others have stated, the intentions for the book were great, but I agree that even though the story was written well, it missed the mark in areas too.

First, most kids would be saddened to leave where they have grown up especially if they had friends, a social life, etc., but in her case, she really didn't have much of a life. She went to school and home. She had no friends, and didn't even socialize with neighbors until too late. Moving to New York sho
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok


I'm going to try and be as nice as possible right now.

I. AM. SPEECHLESS. And not in a good way either.

This book had so much potential, but it was a complete and utter let down. Totally. I'm actually shocked over it, truthfully. I had so much hope for it that it kind of makes me sad to write this review.

I skimmed nearly the whole book, which says it all right there. The first four chapters, were literally, a copy of each chapter except for some minor dialogue- and that's when I st
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Julia Stone is a loner at her high school in Ohio who just goes about her days. When her parents make an announcement that they're moving to New York she's not happy with it. Eventually Julia warms up to the idea realizing she's not leaving anything or anyone behind. Julia makes a friend named Alex on her first day and they both find out that they were both loners before Julia came into Alex's life. Julia's happy to have a best friend for the first time in her life and is happy. But when she get ...more
P.A. Warren
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Torn Souls is a book about bullying and a how Julia,Alex(her friend) and her parents take charge and make change.I Liked the summary of this book and I enjoyed the topic of it.Bullying is real and it does need to stop.I had a few issues with the book.I think it focused way to much in the beginning about Julia and her parents move.I believe the book could have worked without so many details of the move.I was almost 30% or more done with the book and the main character and her parents still had y ...more
Jennifer  Davis
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a great idea to get the word out about bullying. I knew bullying was an issue, I experienced it when I was a young teen, but I didn't realize how much it has snowballed until by son started school. I couldn't believe that at the age of 5, my son would have to deal with bullies. I also didn't realize how easily the matter is swept under the rug. Big thumbs up to the author for giving hope.

Julia's parents have decided to move away from the only home she has ever known. After moving
Candy Smith
I couldn't put this book down! It is an easy read and flows well.I am glad Crystal Cattabriga wrote a story on this subject.It is something that is prevalent in our school and something major needs to be done like in this story.Every ki has the right to get an education with out fear of being hurt emotionally or physically.I was an object of bulling growing up.It made school hard and made me dislike school and depressed.My kids have dealt with being bullied also and I fight to do the best I can ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers and parents
Recommended to Heather by: Crystal Cattabriga
What a great book! Buy this book for your teenagers!! The message behind it is amazing. Whether your child is going through or knows someone who has been bullied this is the perfect book for them. The young lady, Julia Stone, is amazing. She first has to deal with being moved to a new school. Then the bullying starts. At first she blows it off and doesn’t say anything to anyone until she becomes physically abused. She then decides to take matters into her own hands. I won’t tell you how you jus ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
When a book starts with a list of children's names, dates of birth and dates of death...I had this expectation it was going to be powerful.

For starters, I don't know what it is about it, but I love the cover. I love that he is holding her and it looks so sweet, the way he is kind of shielding her with his body. I like that they are looking away from each other too....great cover

I also love that it is a book that raises awareness about bullying. It's a HUGE issue in and outside of our schools.

Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can look past spelling errors and poor writing to enjoy a bland story.
Shelves: own
I got this book when it was free on Amazon for Kindle. It was, as I've sadly come to expect from these free ebooks, riddled with spelling, punctuation, and other errors. One would think that, with there being a paperback edition, this would have been at least minimized by the use of an editor, but apparently Ms. Cattabriga was either too confident in her own abilities as a writer or hired a poor editor. If I was better about making the time to do so (and I know I'm not, because I've tried and fa ...more
Devyn Dawson
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing

First I want to say thank you to Crystal for sending me a copy of this book - I was super excited to see the cover in person. I have a copy on my Kindle app and it is too tiny for my eyes and the paperback feels good in my hand.

I liked Julia and felt like she is similar to many quiet girls out there in schools now. When she has her first friend, it is nice that she is friends with a boy and keeps it as a friendship. This story is important for girls and boys that feel like they're alone. Making
Tiffany Callan
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Torn Souls
This book is a Young adult book, there's no sex or relationships involved, well not in any depth.

It does however go into detail the troubles bullied teens face every day in schools and was a great read.

The book really got under my skin as it's a problem close to my heart and to read the ways this girl was both abused and was supported was very comforting, it's often a taboo subject among not only teens but also adults and even parents but i think this book really showed what can be don
Oct 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-anti-favorites
Let me explain myself. The meaning and intention behind this book is just absolutely amazing, and for that I am honestly glad I read it. Bullying is a huge problem in schools leading to suicide or other significant problems.

The writing and storytelling was just not my taste.

I love books that make me feel my way through it. I want to feel and understand what the characters are going through. In this book, I don't even know who these characters are. I had no emotional connection to any one of the
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bullies-abuse
I want to love it. I really do.

The message the author was trying to get across her audience was noble. Bullying, after all, is a big problem in the schools not just these days but as well in the past, and will be in the future if no one is going to stand up for it. But somehow it lacked the emotions I was expecting. Reading all those books with bullying issues in it had me crying, gripping my kindle feeling all those strong, compelling emotions against the bully and the victim. And this novel f
Tara Holman
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time getting what all the hype was behind this book. I found it to have a very minimal, dull storyline line. The issue itself of bullying was too timid and light. The story itself was very predictable with characters I didn't find myself wanting to know more about. Overall, I loved the cover of this book, but it was as misleading as the smell of popcorn that turns out to be stale.
Christy Sloat
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I respect this authors reason's for writing this book. Bullying in USA has become an epidemic, sadly. If all teens thought the way Julia Stone did, maybe it wouldnt be.
Julia is uprooted to live in NYC, and the one good thing about it is Alex. Her new friend. Thankfully he supports her and her endevours.
I love the ideas for the book. It is something I plan to pass on to my daughter when she is older.
Great job Crystal.
I also love love love the cover, well done.
De P
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish, this book is very touching and inspiring. Young adults have enough to worry about, without worrying about their own safety. This book is great at explaining how a teen experiences life's ups and downs, adjusts to great change, and pushes forward with the help of a great friend and family. It is a must read for anyone being bullied, anyone who has been a bully, and anyone coming of age that could use a little inspiration.
DeAnna Felthauser
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Torn Souls is an eye-opening story about a young girl's experience being bullied by a classmate. The author describes the embarrassment and fear that our youth experience and beautifully portrays how the character finds her voice and fights for change. Bullying is a very real problem and I think this book should be a must read for everyone because it shines a light on the changes that need to be made.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Julia moves to a new town and becomes the target of a bully, who is jealous of her relationship with Alex. After hiding the physical attacks the bully goes too far. Julia confesses to her being picked on which leads to a revolution. Excellent story every parent and teenager/pre teen should read. Sadly Julias case is mild. Great book that shines light onto an important topic. WaAR
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