by Natalie Lund
A powerful and haunting debut novel about friendship, acceptance, and learning to let go as the balance between the living and the dead is upended, perfect for fans of We Were Liars.
It’s been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens — a whole generation of Mercerites — dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens’ paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward–if only they work together.
A beautifully told, haunting yet hopeful novel about pushing past the pain, facing the world, and finding yourself.
Talk about an emotional read! Natalie Lund surely knows how to write in a impactful way. The story surrounds the town of Mercer - a town that is no stranger to tragedy. A tornado touched down at the local drive in theater and then the same thing happened years later. Both times have truly rocked the town. The story contains three main perspectives - three teenagers who find t themselves linked through the horrible experiences of their town. Each of these characters is experiencing their own personal struggles (these two facts, their town and their struggles are what ultimately seems to be the only things they have in common...). These characters find themselves learning from individuals long gone - each seemingly chosen specifically for each teen.
There is so much emotion lying behind each character's background and experiences. It was impossible not to tear up reading each of their struggles and then how each is helped by people who are no longer (technically) on this earth). It makes the reader question a lot of what can happen and will happen to us - both on earth and after we pass. If you are interested in a thought-provoking read, this will definitely satisfy those wants.