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I just finished and like usual I have no idea wtf I just read And I love it Being inside Sarah s head is unlike any ther monologue It s messy and confusing and heartbreaking We get snippets f POV from Sarah s mom Helen and they re even worse There were layers upon layers upon layers and each ne is revealed so deliciously slow We were learning things the same time Sarah did There isn t anything I can say The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model or try to explain that will make the plot arc make sense It s a jumblef past and present and it s a story told in a way that Guide To Investing in Gold Silver: Protect Your Financial Future only AS King could tellAs always I m left with a lotf confusion and a real sense The Incomparable Hester Santlow of satisfaction If you re not reading AS King s books you should be Huge thanks to Dutton Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review There are far too many silent sufferers Not because they don t yearn to reachut but because they ve tried and found no ne who cares Richelle E GoodrichAS King an award winning and bestselling American author pens a heart wrenching tale f abuse magical realism teenage existential crisis in her new YA novel Still Life with Tornado where the central characters f 16 years f age is a victim f existential crisis who has lost the creativity and power to imagination to create new art all the while internally suffering for the bruises that she got six years ago n a trip to Mexico and also the virulent life that is closing in Diaries of a College Girl on her her thereby choking her to a mental paranoia Running away seems thenly answer but will all her uestions be answeredSynopsis I am sixteen years The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book old I am a human being Actually Sarah is several human beings Atnce And Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica onlyne f them is sixteen Her parents insist she s a gifted artist with a bright future but now she can t draw a thing not even her wn hand Meanwhile there s a ten year ld Sarah with a filthy mouth a bad sunburn and a clear memory f the family vacation in Mexico that ruined everything She s a ray f sunshine compared to twenty three year ld Sarah who has snazzy highlights and a bad attitude And then there s forty year Tiffany Girl old Sarah makes good ueso dip doesn t wear a bra really wants sixteen yearld Sarah to tell the truth about her art teacher They re all wandering Philadelphia along with a homeless artist allegedly named Earl and they re all worried about Sarah s futureBut Sarah s future isn t the problem The present is where she might be having an existential crisis Or maybe all those One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health other Sarahs are trying to wake her up before she s lost forever in the tornadof violence and denial that is her parents marriage I am a human being I am sixteen years Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) old That should be enough Sarah the 16 yearld Paolo and Panetto one is running She is not running from herself she is running away from the virulent relationship between her mother and father between whom she is trapped into Sarah faces problem with her creativity as she fails to create anyriginal with her talent instead she follows a homeless painter Earl to a wild road trip Vivien Leigh only to find conclusion to herwn future past and present But the problem lies deep within her mind and her soul where there are three Sarahs a 10 year By the Book old a 23 yearld and a 40 year The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order old who are trying to let Sarah uench her thirst for the lingering uestions for so long and to find solutions to the existing problemsf her lifeSo many diverse characters lying deep within the boundary f ne central character each being a stranger to ne another From the synopsis itself the book enchanted me with the idea f multiple characters embodied within ne but nce
I Trod My Way trod my way the story I was taken aback with the surprise that was waiting for me in the folds f this story that is mind it not nly purely dark and raw but also extremely real and painful to grasp it into ur emotional systems The author s writing style is extraordinary very strong and complete with layers that are revealed ne after another in a gradual flow The narrative is highly engaging right from the very beginning and holds the power to uestions it The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel own retrospective voice all the while keeping the readers glued into its deepest core The emotions run deep raw and wild without any limitation and holds the power to drown the readers with its intensity The pacingf the story is bit moderate as the story unravels through tons f layers that nly gives depth and insight into the characters lives The characters are extremely well developed with enough realism reflecting through their demeanor The central character who is a 16 year Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art old girl has been voiced strikingly through the storm that is ragingn in her mind and soul and also through the distinction among the three ther characters lurking deep within herself who are diverse in their manners and behavior But what actually makes Sarah an exceptional character is not her emotional r mental turmoil but the way she handles her life after meeting Earl how she fights to bring balance in her life is brilliantly portrayed Sarah is psychologically flawed yet her flaws and darkness will keep that grip into the readers minds all throughout the story line The Anonymums other characters especially the mother father lost brother and Earl all play a major role to the story which the author have smartly captivated through Sarah s tale If you think even fornce that this book is about abuse then you re wrong marriage and messed up relationships play a huge part in this story while the backdrop being f teenage abuse and mental trauma Although in this story the author draws a fine line that runs closely together between imagination and reality so the readers might get lost into a seedy world f realism and imagination In a nutshell this story is uniue heart breaking enlightening and alluring enough to make the readers feel for the story as
as for characters and I bet there are many teenager readers who are either facing the same trouble like Sarah r have faced them in the past will relate to this story stronglyVerdict A must read not for the story but for a teenage fractured protagonist Courtesy Thanks to the publishers for giving me an pportunity to read and review this book Find all Practical Ventriloquism of my reviews at Before I even begin let me forewarn you that there is no way this is going to amount to any semblancef an informative review so different than usual right This is my fourth r fifth AS King book and at this point I pretty can nly say My first King experience was Everybody Sees the Ants which I read back in the day when my reviews pretty much said Earth shattering stuff like dis was gud and everything I ve read since has been progressively strange I fear if I start typing too many words I ll end up typing all f them and spill the entire storyline here Let me just say that I appreciated that although the propellant f the entire book was Maybe I m snapping Maybe I ve already snapped and I m coming back to real life Maybe this is some sor. Sixteen year ld Sarah can’t draw This is a problem because as long as she can remember she has ‘done the art’ She thinks she’s having an existential crisis And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions f herself as she wanders the urban ruins f PhiladelphiaOr maybe she’s finally waking up to. T f existential crisis The catalyst behind Sarah seeing literally not figuratively so many versions Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of herself wasn t due to theft used superbads like mental illness Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home or rape but another triggery item that impacts many families as well as an additional item that explained why Sarah s viewsn becoming an artist had done such a 180 If you re looking for a completely uniue voice in young adult literature AS King may be the author for you 35 Stars but rounded down because it took a pretty pen mind amazing that I sometimes have ne f those huh to ride this ne ut to the point where things started making sense I love to be surprised by YA authors who manage to find a new angle from which to write about the same topics too well trodden in YA lit Here is a fresh take n the family abuse scenario Of course this AS King so some magic realism is in the mix Still Life with Tornado follows King s winning formula but this formula still works for me Sarah is in the middle Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of an existential crisis She stops going to school and spends her days visiting abandoned structures in Philadelphia An event at an art show triggered her crisis but she actually started falling apart a long time ago The key to unlocking the causef her disillusionment may be confronting the events Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of a family vacation to Mexico when she was ten yearsld Her Night's Pawn older brother Bruce hasn t talked to the family in the six years since then She can t remember what happened and her parents refuse to talk about it Here s what I think I think we re really smart when we re young Ten yearld Sarah is smarter than I am because I m six years Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) older Twenty three yearld Sarah is dumber than me because I m sixteen Someone somewhere was way lder and richer and dumber than all f us and paid forty five million dollars for a bunch f dots I think this kind f smart isn t something they can measure with tests I think it s like being psychic The Secret Child or being holy If I could be anyone for the restf my life I would be a little kid Sarah Sarah was an aspiring artist and I loved how that part Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook of her life is integrated into the story especially the conceptf a tornado as something that is ne thing n the utside but another thing n the inside Sarah is at a point in her life where adults are constantly asking her about her future but she hasn t even dealt with her past She s unable to stay in the present which is where the future and past Sarahs come in Versions f Sarah at different stages in life materialize to help her process her trauma Ten year ld Sarah is still a happy kid and the memories Death by Inferior Design of the vacation are still fresh for her Twenty three yearld Sarah can barely remember being sixteen and thinks sixteen year ld Sarah is silly and dramatic Sixteen year ld Sarah looks up to forty year Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 old Sarah who is the most self assured What surprised me is that these Sarahs aren t hallucinationsther people can see them The lder people get the less they can do about things They seem to be stuck They seem to be glue Sarah Sarah s mom Helen gets to tell her side f the story Helen s chapters help illuminate parts that Sarah doesn t understand Helen s story shows how easy it is to get stuck in a bad situation and how hard it is to see in the middle f a storm It also shows how attempts to make things better can actually make them worse Likewise sometimes making things worse can make them better There are also flashbacks to the family vacation Everything seems relatively normal at first but there are clear indications that there is something stirring under the surface Can t you just pretend to have a good time Why pretend Aren t we doing enough pretending as it is Between her mother s chapters and the day by day reveal f the trip to Mexico we get a clearer picture A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of why Sarah is so depressed But now it s been so long that if I bring it up I ll look like a girl who can t let gof things Teenage girls always have to let go The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of things If we bring up anything people say we re bitches who can t just drop it Sarah I identified with twenty three yearld Sarah at first because I didn t know if would be interested in sixteen year White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs old Sarah for the entire book Like the protagonist in We Are the Ants Sarah is depressed and expresses repetitive thoughts She has received so many unintentionally damaging messages from trusted adults that she now feels very little controlver her life She wants to disappear and is no longer interested in the hobbies she used to love Sarah knows that breaking your brain is the same as breaking your arm but she still feels shame about her situation Sarah initially sees her problems as too small to bother anyone with but she learns that her problems do matter She doesn t have to be strong and deal with it alone It s refreshing that romance was not part f this book Sarah s potential recovery has to come from within herself with the support f her family Here s why I like making things I like making things because when I was born everything I was born into was already made for me Art let me surround myself with something different Something new Something real Something that was mine I don t know if this means I could also be a competent architect Or a car mechanic Or a carpenter I just like constructing new things that are real I believe this is a side effect Scab of growing from seed in soil madef lies I believe this is a side effect f being born into ruins this need for construction Sarah Still Life with Tornado deals with mental health the many forms f abuse and family issues Sarah s story is much darker than mine but I could relate to the disillusionment that springs from a confusing parental situation that s never directly addressed I loved the concept f different Sarahs the way artwell as for
a part the story and Sarah s realizations at the end If you liked We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson you might be interested in this book You can t change people with love It doesn t work that way Helen I was reminded f a uote from Cruel Beautiful World You don t know what you re seeing sometimes when you see itYou don t know how bad it can get I received this book for free from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my pinion f the book Giant Peach Yodel or the contentf my review It s available for purchase Writing a review for thisplayed a part
book doesn t seem Sinai and Zion originalview spoilerRead the book to findut why hide spoiler Nothing s reallydoesn t seem riginalview spoilerRead the book to find ut why hide spoiler Nothing s really so let s not start alright In eight days f riding around that s what I ve discovered It s raining bullshit Probably all the time I m gonna be unoriginal and repeat what my fri en ds already said don t be fooled and think that it s about an angsty teenage girl It s really not Or maybe it is partially but AS King challenges the way we see angsty teenage girls After all aren t we all a little unfair when judging them What s ur goal when we deny their righ. The tornado that is her family the tornado that six years ago sent her nce beloved lder brother flying across the country for a reason she can’t uite recall After decades Iniquity of staying together ‘for the kids’ and building a familyn a foundation f lies and domestic violence Sarah’s parents have reached the end Now Sarah mus.
A.S. King ä 4 SummaryT to be upset about things But now it s been so long that if I bring it up I ll look like a girl who can t let go f things Teenage girls always have to let go f things If we bring up anything people say we re bitches who can t just drop it Think about this for ne second Go Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) on Now what does that say about us as a society Because I don t know about you but I m not sure that it stops at some point inur life I can t even express how furious that makes me feel people say we re bitches who can t just drop it This sentence here It brings Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook our world into a cruel and unforgiving light making me want to throw up a little We re so uick to judge people and assume that their problems aren t that bad We re so uick to dismiss their struggles and tell them they reverreacting Especially when they re women But what s less riginal than identifying with the main character Granted it s not something that makes me feel comfortable Sarah though Why thank you that hit me pretty hardI m perfectionistIn my bubbleI forget stuffPersonal stuffI m not talking about h crap that letter stuffI m talking about wow how could I even forget THIS happened stuffI have a very good memory thank you very muchIt s just selective unreliable when I m concerned nearly perfect for the most random things including school stuff but comes a big emotion and pfiouuuu here it goes In limbo It does not mean that I will never remember again Livin' de Life oh no It would bene million times easier My limbo is usually the most active around I don t know midnight When I can t do anything about it When my mind is going round and round in circles And then I ll forget Again If Sarah moved me Helen destroyed me The family s relationships were so complex and heartbreaking Again AS King brought such realistic characters to life how could they not touch me in my very core Next would be this it looks the same as so many books but really it s different Trust me It may be the touch The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of magical realism she always incorporates in her stories It may be her writing beautiful but so very honest Or she may be that good but even if the issues she deals with never strike as beingriginal if I may say her books are impossible to compare to anything I read before Finally what s less Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki original than complaining about issues letpen in the end So let s do this Except Except I won t because when your stories ring so true there s no such thing as an unrealistic Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind open ending It snly life Period I would say that I was pleasantly surprised except it would be a lie AS King is so constantly good at dealing with somewhat common issues Her stories are just my kind The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of weird and manage to hit me all the same Of course I recommend Forf my reviews please visit Now it s been so long that if I bring it up I ll look like a girl who can t let go f things Teenage girls always have to let go f things If Still Life with Tornado had me fooledI thought it was all about Sarah and her teenage existential crisis at firstBut it s not just about her It s about her her mother her father her brother her family her future and her pastI ve read dozens and dozens f books dealing with the topic f abuse yet this ne manages to explore the theme in an riginal way while keeping a realistic uality to it AS King s writing moved me It turned my insides into knots It made me hold my breath for at least half f the novel And I probably looked really silly as I read it with my eyes wide pen and my mouth agape always waiting and waiting and hoping and hoping for the nightmarish Lie To End I Was Scotched To to end I was scotched to screen the whole time It may be a slow paced story but I never nce lost interest And granted AS King s writing style may be simplistic if you decapitate paragraphs and look at each sentence but if you behold the whole you will realize how much lyrical dept there is in it The magical realism took me by surprise although I expected it I thought Sarah seeing her ten year ld self and Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars other selves were meant to make her realize something about herself and eventually heal herf her crisis but their roles are extremely different As I said before this is not The Witches Ball only about Sarah Which brings me to her mother s pointf views It was a good thing AS King included them in the plot because they answer uestions many readers may have while reading this Plus it makes her such a likeable and thoughtful charactermother to Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book our eyes At first I thought she was vulnerable but there is strength in her Not everyone would protect thenes they love from harm s way the way she doesA thought provoking story I m hoping will speak to many f its readersBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin But now it s been so long that if I bring it up I ll look like a girl who can t let go f things Teenage girls always have to let go f things If we bring up anything people say we re bitches who can t just drop it If you re familiar with AS King then you ll probably understand immediately that this book is not what it first seems If you re new to her books then expect to be taken into
a weird world f existentialism and magical realism before what s really going n becomesweird world f existentialism and magical realism before what s really going n becomes Her books are not for everyone but I personally love her fresh imaginative take n subjects that have been done to deathAbuse and family are not new topics in YA The genre is filled to the brim with many different books that deal with Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling oner both But King doesn t play by the usual rules Still Life with Tornado is full f strangeness from the very first "Chapter Sarah Is Experiencing An "Sarah is experiencing an crisis she has stopped going to school and she s bsessed with the lack f riginality in the world around her She wanders around each day meeting various past and future Sarahs ten year Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel old Sarah twenty three yearld Sarah etc If this was any Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) other author I would probably have assumed the book was all about internal teen angsting Butf course it soon becomes apparent that this is not really a book about Sarah at all Or rather it s about so much than her It s about her absent brother and the reason he left It s about her mother and father and their toxic relationship It s about what happened in Mexico six years agoGradually all Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of this is revealed The author carefully peels back layers until a story about a teenage girln a uest for art and Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio originality becomes a dark haunting talef relationships and sad secrets left festering in the closet for years Ultimately the book looks at the ways people abuse power and the devastating effects Regarde, c'est maman ! of doing so It hit me pretty hard Perhaps so because it seems so uiet and unassuming at first uite literally a still life with tornado The you realize Sarah s role in this story a role she never asked to play the sadder it becomes and I was left feeling uite hollow and drained A very effective emotional book with an experimental style that gets it JUST RIGHTBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store. T come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruinsf their toxic marriageAs Sarah herself The Bricklayer oftenbserves nothing about her pain is remotely riginal and yet it still hurtsInsightful heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful this is a vivid portrait f abuse survival resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last pag. ,