This review contains quotes from the book.
OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING!
To say that I am obsessed with We Are Still Tornadoes is an understatement. Michael Kun and Susan Mullen have brought together one of the best love stories I’ve ever read, and I’m sure that once you read it for yourself you’ll share my same feelings about it. The best part of Kun and Mullen’s novel is how much history their main characters shared with one other, which ultimately transforms their friendship into something better: love.
Scott and Cath have been best friends their whole lives. They lived across the street from each other and would often rely on each other for small favors: Cath would help Scott with his English homework and in return, Scott would make Cath mix tapes to get her to listen to different kinds of music. Another fun fact about We Are Still Tornadoes is that the setting of this book is situated in the ’80s, which may play on Scott propensity for the era as he’s always offering up good ’80s tracks to his friend, which added another fun aspect to this story.
However, there’s an instance when the two go their separate ways. As Cath heads to Wake Forest University, she would often pen letters to Scott, who put college on the back burner to pursue his music career. During her first year of college, Cath and Scott would communicate their feelings about life, school and music through a series of letters—it was the ’80s after all, although those exchanges may seem old fashioned now, it was still really romantic in a way. Slowly, but surely through these intimate letters, we start to see Cath and Scott’s relationship blossom into something more than just a simple friendship.
Good luck in college!
Thanks for four years of English homework.
See you at Thanksgiving!
P.S. Nice underwear!”
Thank you so much for the heartwarming note that you so kindly placed in my suitcase. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to arrive in my dorm room on my first day of college, filled with both excitement and anxiety, only to discover your note in my suitcase among my underwear which, oddly, were no longer folded in the same manner that I had folded them before I shut my suitcase.”
— excerpt from Michael Kun and Susan Mullen’s We Are Still Tornadoes
Cath was my favorite character in this story because she was the most relatable to me. I know how lonely it can be having to go through your first year of college, but also how special it can be to have someone to talk to who knows you better than anyone else. Cath turns out getting the better end of the deal because she falls in love with her best friend, and I felt that made this such a great book to read— even if it makes use of cheesy romance tropes. I loved it! I really hope they turn this one into a movie because I would love to watch Cath and Scott’s relationship on the big screen!
I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good rom-com-style novel. I loved how Kun and Mullen used letters for Cath and Scott to communicate because it gave the book a sort of nostalgic feel for an era that was free of cell phones or social media. Honestly, Scott and Cath are going to make you smile all throughout this book; and not just because of the back and forth banter they share but also because it serves as a sign of their destiny to be together.
In the end, We Are Still Tornadoes was such a delightful read. I loved every minute of it and I’m sure you will, too.