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We Are Still Tornadoes

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,637 ratings  ·  457 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/Wolf 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!
C.G. Drews
I had like zero expectations going into this book (hey I didn't even really know what it was about!) and I adored it! It's written in letter format, which I admit, I quite like. And it was funny and sad all at once. Like I had FEELINGS there. I don't get feelings??? What is this nonsense. And while there was a small leaky bucketful of things that annoyed me, I ultimately liked how real it felt.

And this two little DELUDED SQUISHES. Oh I shipped them so much. But I also liked how they did maintain
Nov 01, 2016 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
Neil (or bleed)
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jun 25, 2016 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
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So We Are Still Tornadoes is a book that I got sent to me unsolicited from St. Martin’s Press (thank you!!) and boy am I glad I did! This book follows two best friends, Cath and Scott, who are being separated for the first time in their lives. Cath is going off to college and Scott is staying in their home town. This book is a series of back and forth letters to one another over their first year apart and their friendships, the ups and downs in each other’s lives, and how to maintain a friendshi ...more
Aug 02, 2016 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
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
This was such a surprise! I would have never known of its existence at all if it wasn’t for this book sales fair I went to, the cover was really eye-catching and I’ve been loving epistolary books of late so I got a chance to read it!

It’s light and funny but unsuperficial and sorta effecting. Not to mention fulls of smiles and cutes!
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

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!
Oct 18, 2016 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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
this was so fluffy!! and cute!!! i feel all nice and warm!!!!!!
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
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
Angela DeSilva
Jul 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
I love Goodreads! I just received this book today as a Goodreads giveaway win!
catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 3.75

This was adorable! It honestly reminds me a lot of Love, Rosie, but perhaps targeted towards a younger audience.

We Are Still Tornadoes is written entirely in letters between Scott and Cath, best friends who have lived across the street their entire lives. But now they've graduated high school, and Scott has to stay at home while Cath goes off to college. Even miles apart, they've got to deal with things like break-ups, crazy roommates, family issues, and the scariest thing of
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2016, ya, netgalley, ebook
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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Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
5 Stars (Yes, for a book no one’s really heard about!)

I loved the heck out of this book!! I know, it was fluffy...but fun with witty banter written entirely in letters. I AM A SUCKER FOR LETTERS. My husband & I met long distance (3,000 miles long!) writing back and forth for 2 years before we even lived in the same time zone.....paper & pen, not that fancy-schmancy instant email. (Damn I’m old!). Anyhow, 25 years and 3 kids later, we did it. We’re doing it. Which is all to say, I dig this book f
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,
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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Mar 17, 2016 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! ...more
Jaye Berry
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, contemporary, ya
We Are Still Tornadoes is told from the back and forth letters of a girl named Cath and her best friend Scott in 1982. Cath went away to college while Scott stays at home and helps at his father's clothing store, and plays in his new band. Throughout the year they suffer family dramas, tragedies, failed relationships, and the stress of figuring out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Throughout it all, they realize that the person they both turn to the most is each other.

This book
Brenda Waworga
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awwh what a cute and fun read, this book has really unique format! the story told by correspondence letters between the two protagonists (Cath and scott) at first i must confessed i was boring, the conversation basically just mundane ordinary life but then when i was starting to get used to the format of the book and some "dramas" happened, i got more and more like this book! the banters were so fun and i love the characters too!!

It was definetly such a fast read

If youre looking for a fun read
rachel ☾
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Stil
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: letters

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 & more a
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
Jen Ryland
Oct 30, 2016 added it
Shelves: epistolary
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So ... anyone who knows my reading tastes knows that epistolary novels are really not my favorite. In spite of that, I did enjoy We Are Still Tornadoes a book that's made up of an exchange of letters between former classmates and neighbors. Cath has headed gone off to college, while Scott stayed in their hometown to work and try to get his band going. Their letters describe roommate issues, disappointing grades, family issues, triu
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*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
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Jan 08, 2017 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
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
Wendy Bunnell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. An epistolary novel, a set of letters and cards and notes passed between our two 18-year-old protagonists as one heads off for college and the other stays home to work for his family's business, having not applied for colleges.

It's a slice of the early 1980s, with lots of music and pop culture references, like a 6 years earlier Eleanor and Park, with slightly older main characters.

It's about growing up and facing cold hard realities while you start 'adulting' in earnest. What does
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Could this book have been any cuter? A story about two friends who are split apart because one goes off to college and the other one stays home. It's completely written in letters to each other, which I loved. Scott and Cath were well-rounded characters all from letter writing! It was funny and sweet and the love between them was obvious but you know those slow burn books. You want it right away but you have to wait for the payoff.
The only faults with the book are that it's too short, the endin
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