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When The Storm Passes Kindle Edition
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Avalie's story is nothing short of harrowing, but also incredibly brave. At home with her mother when the tornado hits, she is later rescued from the rubble by two men and taken to the local hospital.
Realising that her mother has not been seen nor heard from since the tornado, she sneaks out and sets off to search for her mother herself, with her small, disabled dog as her only companion.
Showing incredible resilience and initiative, Avalie sets herself up to live in the house that her former neighbour inhabited, helped by local teenagers while keeping up the pretense that her mother is living with her, but is busy working in the local hospital. As time progresses, and Avalie's search for her family starts to really hit home, events threaten to overwhelm her completely.
Julie Jett has really built a story with characters that I felt an incredible sympathy and awe for. She perfectly captures the devastation wrought by the tornado, and the attempts of the town to support the impacted citizens and to rebuild their town.
Although it is a relatively short book, When the Storm Passes is chock full of emotion, survival and also the coming-of-age of Avalie and all the characters are realistic, down-to-earth people who care greatly about the well-being of their fellow townsfolk.
The ending is sweet and poignant and fits perfectly with the tone and message of the story.
Although the main character is a thirteen year old girl, I would not class this as a YA book. This can been read by all ages that would comprehend it, about 12 and older. This is also a story of hope, a tribute to the amazing way that people selflessly work to help others, in terrible conditions.
Well written and engrossing, this book is definitely worth a read.
I grew up in the area around where this story takes place, and I vouch for that fact that it presents small-city life in middle America warmly and genuinely, if perhaps exaggerating the everyone-knows-everyone feel of a city that is the shopping and medical center for the region. Geographical and historical details are accurate, if left vague to avoid identifying specific individuals or businesses. And Jett truly captures the raw emotions, awe and surrealism of living through an F-5 tornado and its aftereffects.
Do not expect to get through this novel without tearing up or full-out sobbing, unless you are immune to such things. While fictional, the personal tragedies and triumphs of Jett's Avalie Milner will certainly ring true with many real people who have lived through such an experience. It is difficult not to identify with her, and when she makes what most would consider mistakes, it is hard to imagine that anyone else in her place would act differently.
But if this book were simply a tribute to tornado survivors, then perhaps only those survivors would be interested in reading it. That is not the case. This story stands alone as a humbling reminder of the power of nature and the heartening nature of real human kindness and love. Read it... and weep.