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We Are Still Tornadoes

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  514 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high sc
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

OMG! I loved this book! I thought for a minute I was going to toss it because of Stephanie. At least I think that was her name, she was so horrible and only had a few parts but I didn't like her at all and now don't even know if that's her name. It started with an S at any rate!

The name of the book "We Are Still Tornadoes" is because that was their school name and someone gave a speech about it at graduation.

East Bloomfield High School Tornadoes, Class of 1982. And we will always be Tornadoes!
Aug 06, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
4 stars. Fast-reading YA -- Friends exchanging letters over one's first year of college.

I found my first book by Michael Kun charming and fun. It was a quick heartfelt and enjoyable read that addressed both the lightheartedness and some heavier issues of early adult life. The entire book was written in the form of letters between two friends -- yes, snail mail !! I found this format enjoyable and enjoyed the many references to the 1980's -- from Tab cola -- (I am one of a few who still drink i
Nov 28, 2016 Stacee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book wasn't even on my radar until I received a surprise copy from the publisher. The synopsis sounded like something right up my alley.

I was a bit wary of the letter writing format, but I loved it. I loved the banter and the way their relationship progressed. The personalities of Cath and Scott come shining through and I really enjoyed only learning what was on the page.

Overall, it was a quick and cute read. There were a few angsty moments, but it was so slight. This book is almost entir
Aug 16, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet story set in the 80s about friendship, family, and everything in between. It follows Scott and Cath who have been best friends their entire lives. They've just graduated high school, so Cath is off to college while Scott is sticking around town pursuing music. It'll be the first time they are away from each other actually having to live their lives separately, only they don't really. They share the intimate details of their separate lives with the other via letters (as peop ...more
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I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I thought that due to the letter format I wouldn't be able to enjoy it that much. But wow this was so good! I felt like I was sitting with the characters and having a conversation with them. That's how well the format is done.

Definitely recommend!
Jan 22, 2017 Mel rated it it was amazing
So I know I said in my original review I was posting a video review to this book, well because of work I'm not 100% sure I will be able to post a review in a timely fashion so here is my blog review for now!

So I know I said in my original review I wasn’t going to post anything because I am going to do a video review, I am still planning to do this but I wanted to make a written review for people who don’t necessarily subscribe to my YouTube channel.

So We A
Oct 19, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Scott and Cath have been best friends forever. The pair grew up across the street from one another and has always been there for each other. Now Cath is headed off to college while Scott is stuck in their hometown working at his father's store and trying to pursue his musical dreams since he never took school seriously.

These two friends manage to keep in touch and stay close all throughout the year that Cath is away no matter what happens in their lives. Through all that happens in their lives
Nov 01, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it
Cath and Scott are best friends who grew up on the same block and never experienced life without each other. That bond is tested when Cath goes off to college several hundred miles away, and Scott stays behind in their hometown to sell menswear in his Dad's shop. Their lives are seemingly taking different directions. Together, they were Tornadoes, class of 1982. But what will they become?

The book is written entirely in the format of letters exchanged back and forth between Cath and Scott. I have
Dec 22, 2016 emily rated it liked it
this was so fluffy!! and cute!!! i feel all nice and warm!!!!!!
Angela DeSilva
I love Goodreads! I just received this book today as a Goodreads giveaway win!
Jul 29, 2016 Meredith rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Sweet story that takes place in 1982 about two friends who realize their relationship goes beyond friendship.

When Cath leaves suburban Maryland to go to college at Wake Forest, she leaves her best friend Scott behind. Cath and Scott share all of the details of their lives via letters (as it is 1982 and texting/snap chat is not an option). Cath shares her struggles to adapt to her first year at college, while Scott writes about feeling like a loser for staying behind to work at his fathe
Oct 01, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2016, netgalley, ya
3.5 Stars. If I was to describe this book in one word, it would be the word "pleasant". It's a cute enough quick read and I think YA lovers will love this book. I do like YA books but I like my YA to have quite a bit of depth to them. This book does deal with issues like death, divorce, friendships, relationships etc and that was great but I had a problem with the relationship between Scott & Cath and that affected my overall enjoyment of We Are Still Tornadoes.

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Neil (or bleed)
What a wonderful story of friendship!

Even though the ending gives little subtle things of what happens between Cath and Scott and felt quite rushed, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set in the 80s. I have read few books written in exchanging-letter/email format or in just letter format. Some I do enjoy like Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Alterbrando and The Perks of Being A Wallflower and some I don't like Love, Rosie and Love Letters to the Dead (so I did't continue reading them). We Are Still To
Emily (paperbackthrills)
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
I looooved this one, guys! The whole book is told in letter format, from both Cath and Scott's POV. It was so fun, and I think that it really showed their distinct personalities, which I was happily surprised by. Scott and Cath were so different, but I love that their friendship stood the test of time, while still feeling really realistic. I was rooting for Scott and Cath the entire time
Syd (deertales)
3.5 stars! this was a really cute book and im glad i read it. i wish the ending revelation came sooner though, it was kind of abrupt and then the book was just over. but it was real and raw and enjoyable
Cassandra Curiel
Sep 05, 2016 Cassandra Curiel rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by St. Martin's in exchange for an honest review*
Let me start this review by saying that I am rarely (by rarely I mean pretty much never) a fan of stories that don't take place in this century and aren't told in the 'normal' format. I don't have anything against these tings, it's just that something inside of me isn't as invested when I stumble upon them.
Now, considering this story takes place in 1982 and is written strictly in letters, it baffles me to no end that it has become o
Rachel Lightwood
I went into this book expecting something similar to Eleanor & Park but I got something so much more. This was a brilliantly written story of a friendship that stands the tests of family scandals, long-distance, jealous girlfriends/boyfriends, and loss set in the 1980s. I honestly did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did but I found it to be such a well-written and surprisingly emotional read that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters.

My favourite thing about We Are
If you loved Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie, well ... let's just say that there is a very good chance you will love We Are Still Tornadoes. Because the two books are really very similar. You can even think of We Are Still Tornadoes as a slightly different and also YA version of Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie.

And I mean, really. They both have the backdrop of a guy and a girl being best friends and writing to each other from two different geographical locations. They both involve shitty boyfrien
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

I'm so torn right now. Because I did enjoy this, but I also... didn't. It's really hard to explain, but I'll try to do so as best as I can. After all, such is a reviewer's burden. But yes, I enjoyed this. But there were things that stopped me from loving it completely.

I feel like it's best to start with what didn't work for me. Get it out of the way, so to speak. So here we go. My main problem with this book is in the way it's told. Don't get me wrong,
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
Jan 08, 2017 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-arc, 2016
Adorable?! YUP!! This story was allllll kinds of adorable. From the hilarious personalities of these two besties, to the 80’s references (which I TOTALLY loved, seeing as I grew up during that time period), down to the way Cath and Seth had the kind of friendship we can only hope for. They weren’t always perfect, didn’t always say the right thing or do the best thing for each situation, but man, they were there for each other when times got tough. (And tough they did get!) I loved the fact that ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Such a sweet story, all set in the 80ies! :)
Scott and Cath exchange letters after graduating high school and they contain all sorts of things.
Beautifully and realistically written. A very fast-paced story, which I enjoyed very much.
I have to admit that I adored their friendship. So special and rare and it seriously reminded me how important friends are. Not that I don't know. I do. But this book underlined the word FRIENDSHIP with a capitol F. *sigh*
Wish I could listen to some Crush songs ri
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
It it wasn't for the Benadryl I took last night that knocked me out, I would've finished this book in one sitting (or laying - whatever the case may be). I'm actually surprised I didn't wake myself up when my face hit the pages, but hey, that's what the power of Benadryl can do to a person.

This book spans a year of letter writing between two long time friends as one embarks on her first year of college and the other one stays behind to work at his Dad's clothing store. This is a story about frie
Aug 13, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2016
I wasn't sure how everything would play out via letters. I was worried details or emotion would be compromised. I needn't have worried at all. It all worked together to deliver something retro yet fresh and moving but still light. Read this one!
carolina ☾
It just deseves the 4 stars because it caused genuine laughter out of me.
It was so cute but i wish it wasn't an epistolary novel.

Here some fun quotes:
"He didn’t want to make a “scene.” How awesome is that? He made a baby, but he doesn’t want to make a scene."
"And I really don’t feel like having a little brother or sister right now. I’d rather have a beer."
"And she said, “No, Catherine Fucking Osteen.”
And I said, “Her middle name’s Evelyn, after her grandmother."

Here's a playlist with songs from
Oct 31, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
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What a fun read! I absolutely adore epistolary books and I haven’t read one for ages. Epistolary is just a fancy word that means it’s told through letters, emails or some sort of correspondence. This was a totally delightful read that I devoured in an afternoon and I think it will be very appealing for YA readers.

Cath and Scott have lived across the street from each other their whole lives and are the best of friends. Their relationship was so endearing, sweet,
L.P. Logan
Aug 24, 2016 L.P. Logan rated it it was amazing
This is such a great, quick read. I loved the format in which the story was presented, and the fact that the entire book takes place through a series of letters between a boy and a girl. Ah, it totally tugged at my heart strings and made me smile in the ways that only evoked memories will do. Simple, sweet, yet not avoiding the tension, problems, and heartbreaks of real life, We Are Still Tornadoes is a love story in the very best way.

Great for YA's or adults who want to smile. I'm giving this b
Hristina Petrov
This book is incredibly touching. The story is quite original, but the form it's written in makes it seem more personal than any other form.
It's set in the 80s, a interesting time by itself, and along with the stories and details the characters share, it's like a peek into the most intimate of conversations, and I feel guilty for eavesdropping like this. It's a really sweet story, and I loved it.
Jul 15, 2016 Jody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
***I received this book for free from a Goodreads Giveaway.

Wow! Wow! I just loved this book. This book is written through letters from Scott and Cath. Cath goes away to college and high school friends stay in touch throughout her freshman year.

It was a page turner. I didn't want to put it down. I laughed out loud many times. Great story and great ending!
Dec 09, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it

We Are Still Tornadoes was my first all letter format read. I mean ALL letters. It felt very voyeuristic. *eyebrow waggle* I loved it!

Readers follow Cath and Scott through their first year after high school--1982. 1982!!! Haha….the styles and music of the 80s are stamped all over this book. Especially the music! From Pop to Punk! Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and so many more. Through the year, Cath and Scott keep in touch by writing to each other non-stop. Letter to letter we learn more & mo
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Michael Kun lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Amy and their daughter Paige. He practices law when he is not writing, or vice versa.
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