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Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect On A Woman's Life Paperback – February 1, 2011
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''Tornado Warning is an excellent first person account of intimate partner violence. As a pediatrician who has cared for girls who have been affected by dating violence and as a mother of 3 girls (ages 15, 13 and 12) this book tackles an emotionally challenging topic, yet something that must not be ignored. One theme that rings true in the book and in my observations is that dating violence can affect anyone, and young women are especially vulnerable. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who was interested in understanding the dynamics of initmate partner violence. By having a better understanding, we may be able to work towards prevention and early intervention.'' --Dr. Heidi M. Sallee, Pediatric Program Director at St. Louis University Dept. of Pediatrics
''These are the tales they don't tell you when you are looking at real estate in places like Old Greenwich, CT, where Waldal grew up. It can happen anywhere, even the good neighborhoods.'' --Library Journal
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-Nancy Gruver, founder of New Moon Girls, author of How to Say it to Girls
"A beautifully written must read for young women on discovering their immense inner power and unshakable fortitude."
-Kate Whitfield, author of The Empowered Gal's 9 Life Lessons
More About the Author
She has appeared on Fox News San Diego, San Diego Living Morning Show, Family Focus Radio, Heart of Woman with Lorraine Harrell, On Air with Nesa, The Daily Dose with Dick Nelson, This Week in America with Ric, The Social Workers with Kathryn Zox, The Catherine Bradford Show, Dresser After Dark and The Daily Dose
Elin has contributed to: Huffington Post, Your Teen Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Style, Substance Soul, Women of the World, The New Agenda, Daughters.Com,The Courage Network, Safe World for Women, and The Women on The Verge.
She lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, and their family dog.
Top Customer Reviews
Growing up in a well-to-do area and attending a good school many would falsely believe there wouldn't be incidents of abuse. The author clearly highlights abuse is extensive and not contained to a particular socioeconomic group. Throughout our - civilized - society abuse is rife. I felt deep sorrow as she describes the vicious cycle of living in an abusive relationship. By uncovering the ghastly truth, she is reaching out to others that may travel the same frightful journey. As it is often said, prevention is better than cure, which is what makes Tornado Warning a vital book to read.
I strongly believe this brilliantly written book should be made available to all secondary colleges and libraries across the country----as the information contained inside could save your child, my child, or a friend. After finishing reading this powerful true story has left this reader with the utmost respect for the author. Highly recommended reading for all.
The book was well written and a fast paced read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has teens.
This true account of a teenagers struggle with young love and abuse is one of the most captivating books I have ever read. The authors family background and strong self esteem give no basis for the usual patterns associated with abuse victims, making it that much more interesting. The personal vulnerability the author provides us is, I believe, the key to the books powerful affect...I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of both past and present experiences are so vividly and beautifully worded that on more than one occasion, I was moved emotionally. Knowing that she successfully overcomes the emotional damage from the intense abuse, makes me want to cheer.
Elin Stebbins Waldal's memoir "Tornado Warning" is a great read that inspires one to reach for the best in life. The candor and vulnerability in her writing draws you in and takes you with her during this tumultuous time in her life. You will feel for her pain and cheer for her triumphs!
While a must read for teens and parents, it is a truly fascinating book anyone would enjoy.
Elin describes it perfectly in her book how the victim is lured into an abusive relationship. The abuser doesn't start hitting you right away. They draw in, and make you feel like you are the most important person in the world which is a big part of why it is difficult to walk away. Who doesn't want to feel like they are best thing in the world!? Once they have that card in place then begines the needy part. They claim that they can't live without you making you feel like you are the only one that can help them.
Elin was drawn in like I described, but when it came to choosing herself or this man that abused her she chose herself. So many women and men choose their abuser, but Elin is a survivor! By sharing her story hopefully she can not only help those in similar situations, but also help family and friends understand what to look for if they suspect someone they love are being abused.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tornado Warnings is a spell binding book that grabbed me on page one and would not let go. Elin’s story is important and needed to be told – the message of power, abuse, control,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ruth Curran
An excellent book for both teens and parents to read! Her website also has some valuable information for young people before entering into any relationship.Published 19 months ago by L. Holland
I liked the creative title and the sad fact that we often ignore tornado warnings until damage is done. For the teen audience she told the story from an excellent vantage point. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Sheri Fermanich
Elin's book is an eye opener. It is a brave and powerful recounting of her adolescent struggles with teen domestic abuse. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by shtimseht
I really learned a lot from Elin Stebbins Waldal's book. Her narrative made me take a new look at my own life and the lives of others. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Nancy
Elin, hands down. Well written and an eye opener. I've been in an abusive relationship and I could relate to Elin. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Tricia VH
Tornado Warning deals with the author's dysfuncitonal teen relationship and takes you into the dark world of an abusive relationship. The story really opened my eyes. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by John T Stevens
This book created an amazing discussion in our book club. We were able to talk about things from our own past dating experiences, what the author went through, and possible... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Multicultural Kids
Tornado Warning is an amazingly well-written story, which parents should read and share with their teenage sons or daughters. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Karen F