The Stormchasers

The Stormchasers

by Jenna Blum

Judy Stanton: read and enjoyed Those Who Save Us, so I was intrigued to learn that Jenna Blum published a second novel. Set in 1988 and 2008 in the midwest, the Stormchasers is a story of Karena Jorge and twin brother Charles, who is bipolar and manic depressive. His personality is mirrored in his obesession in chasing storms -- unpredictable, sometimes violent, and scary -- with a ray of sunshine and breezes --peaceful and calm, waiting on the other side. The story is as wild and fast moving as chasing a storm, well written with interesting characters, some more well developed than others. At first blush, it appears to be light years away from Those Who Save Us, but both books tackle some similar issues: family relationships (in this it's "sistah"- brother/twins not mother/daughter); human strength and weakness dealing with horrific choices; and the impact of holding secrets inside you. Both books make you think about how you might react in similar circumstances. A good, quick read, recommended.
Rating: ****

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