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The Stormchasers By Jenna Blum The Stormchasers Twins are forced to confront a violent secret from their past in Jenna Blum s first novel since her runaway bestseller Those Who Save Us How far would you go to protect a sibling and at what cost to
  • Title: The Stormchasers
  • Author: Jenna Blum
  • ISBN: 9780525951551
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Stormchasers By Jenna Blum Twins are forced to confront a violent secret from their past in Jenna Blum s first novel since her runaway bestseller, Those Who Save Us How far would you go to protect a sibling and at what cost to yourself In Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum proved herself a master storyteller with brilliant insight into the spectrum of human emotion Now, Blum turns her sights to the moTwins are forced to confront a violent secret from their past in Jenna Blum s first novel since her runaway bestseller, Those Who Save Us How far would you go to protect a sibling and at what cost to yourself In Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum proved herself a master storyteller with brilliant insight into the spectrum of human emotion Now, Blum turns her sights to the most intimate and mysterious of family relationships that between twins in her powerful and provocative second novel As a teenager, Karena Jorge had always been the one to look out for her twin brother Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder But as Charles begins to refuse medication and his manic tendencies worsen, Karena finds herself caught between her loyalty to her brother and her fear for his life Always obsessed with the weather enraptured by its magical unpredictability that seemed to mirror his own impulses Charles starts chasing storms, and his behavior grows increasingly erratic until a terrifying storm chase with Karena ends with deadly consequences, tearing the twins apart and changing both of their lives forever Two decades later, Karena gets a call from a psychiatric ward in Wichita, Kansas, to come pick up her brother, whom she hasn t seen or spoken to for twenty years She soon discovers that Charles has lied to the doctors, taken medication that could make him dangerously manic, and disappeared again Having exhausted every
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    1. Jenna Blum

      New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US Harcourt, 2004 and THE STORMCHASERS Dutton, May 2010 and the novella The Lucky One in GRAND CENTRAL Berkeley Penguin, July 2014 One of Oprah s Top 30 Women Writers Novel THE LOST FAMILY forthcoming from Harper Collins JUNE 5, 2018

    144 thoughts on “The Stormchasers”


    1. Jenna Blum writes very well, but this book wasn t in the same league as her debut novel, Those Who Save Us, which was brilliant This was simply an ok, easy read, 3 stars while there were some beautifully written passages, at the end of the day, I m not sure how much I cared about these people and their issues.The book was divided into three sections present day Karena searching for her brother, past when Kerena and Charles were children, and present after the big reunion The middle section was d [...]


    2. I first heard of The Stormchasers while researching comparative titles for my book proposal No, I m not published, but I still needed to know what other novels dealt with similar subject matter So I picked up a copy from the library and devoured it in a few days.Karena, a 38 year old news reporter, has been searching for her missing bipolar twin brother for over two decades When she gets word that he has been hospitalized, she is both relieved at last, she ll see him and fearful has he tried to [...]


    3. Can you imagine the strange incompleteness one must experience when carrying on life in the absence of her twin sibling Factor in that Karena s twin, Charles, suffers unmedicated bipolar disorder and that she hasn t seen him for twenty years And, oh yeah, he left her after a catastrophic event tore them apart a secret they keep sheltered from the rest of the world.One day, Karena receives a call from an unknown hospital three states away Her brother is being treated there Karena rushes to the ho [...]


    4. 3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unsatisfying, August 13, 2010This review is from The Stormchasers Hardcover This book was not on the same level as Blum s previous work, Those Who Save Us Although I enjoyed this narrative well enough at the beginning, the middle really dragged, and the ups and downs of reading about Karena dealing with obstinate Charles the twin with severe bipolar illness wore me out and ultimately bored me.Although the metaphor of stormchasing and bipolar storms was apt, the rele [...]


    5. First off I really like the cover Usually I don t think too much about them unless they are terrible, but I really liked that the sister is on the front and then if you turn it around the brother is on the back and no faces I appreciated that the book was set in the mid west tornado alley to be specific an often neglected part of the US The moment you start reading the book you know this woman has problems Though she is successful in her job and money, her personal life is another story Karena h [...]


    6. When The Stormchasers begins, Karena Jorge is turning 38, but in spite of her newspaper job and close friends, her life feels empty She feels the vacancy of her separation from her bipolar, storm chasing twin, Charles Before the day is over, she gets the call she s been anticipating for years a psychiatric ward in Kansas contacts her looking for the family of a man who has just checked in Once Karena is able to get to the hospital, her brother is gone, but she is determined to find him Karena co [...]


    7. I was really excited to read this book, especially after reading the synopsis I immediately thought of the movie Twister, a movie that I love, and I had hoped this book would be similar in plot and action, unfortunately my hopes had been dashed I was disappointed in the delivery of the action sequences I felt Jenna Blum was a little lackadaisical in the description of the tornado storm chases I felt a little let down in some parts, because I wanted The feeling of being thrilled or something lik [...]


    8. Here s my review that I posted on Storms are such an apt metaphor for this well written novel that moves along as if caught in a tornado s cycling winds There are the actual storms, brought to life with descriptive prose, full of color, fury and passion Then there are the storms between characters, brother and sister, children and parents, boyfriend and girlfriend And finally, there is the storm that rages in Charles head, electric synapses firing in unpredictable sequences, connecting thoughts [...]


    9. Thanks to the wonderful author I was able to obtain an advance copy of The Stormchasers I can highly recommend this book which will be on sales May 27th new and very different subject matter, very refreshing.


    10. unfortunarely this book wasn t for me I just couldn t get into it.I did not connect with the characters and found the side characters too two dimensional Also the romance felt a bit rushed.I did like the stormchasing in this book and this definitely made me read on I can t tell you if the bipolar disorder was a good representation because I have never got into contact with someone with bipolar.


    11. Review Posted on Reading Lark 4 17 11 readinglark 2011 When I was approached about reading this novel I hesitated I have never been particularly interested in the weather or bi polar disorder Further, these topics seemed like a massive undertaking to merge into one cohesive novel However, I am really trying this year to read things outside of my normal reading comfort zone and broaden my horizons with new genres and authors Because Goldberg McDuffie has never lead me astray before in the books t [...]


    12. As a huge fan of Jenna Blum s first book Those Who Save Us, I was disappointed that this book didn t deliver the same impact as her first And very surprised that the writing style is one of the major drawbacks The plot is certainly compelling enough Karena is searching for her estranged bipolar twin among the storm chasers of the mid west Karena and Charles carry a dark secret that binds them as much as their twin ness A romance, a tornado, and a reunion all add to the fairly fast paced storylin [...]


    13. This book was written well enough to read quickly and was engaging enough that I wanted to keep reading I loved Those Who Save Us and was expecting something great from Jenna Blum, but this is nothing like Those Who Save Us not in writing style, type of story, nothing similar at all I was really thrown off by that I felt very distracted throughout this book I don t know if it was Blum s writing style so much as her inability to convince me that she knew about bipolar disorder I felt like it was [...]


    14. WOW Double WOW This book was AMAZING I just got it in the mail free courtesy of , and the Author PublisherThank you very much by the way , yesterday, and 24 hours later I have finished it I love this book so much, it was impossible to pit this book down I love the way Jenna describes the whole twin dynamic, of Charles and Karena This book is about a divorced woman Karena , who in her search for her bipolar twin brother Charles finds a love that she never thought she was good enough to have becau [...]


    15. I was a huge fan of Those Who Save Us so I was really psyched to see that Jenna Blum had a new book out The Stormchasers was a very quick read, but nowhere near as fulfilling as Those Who Save Us was The story centers on Karena and Charles, fraternal twins who have been estranged since Charles bipolar disorder landed him in the hospital 20 years earlier Charles is a storm chaser, following tornados and equating them to the storm of emotions in his own head that his disorder brings him Karena set [...]



    16. Karena krijgt na 20 jaar weer wat te horen over haar broer Charles ze reist hem achterna en gaat met een groep mee op zoek naar haar broer toen ze achttien waren is er iets gebeurd waardoor ze het contact zijn verloren en ze is sindsdien al op zoek naar hem je begint eerst met het nu waar ze op zoek is naar hem maar halverwege het boek ga je terug in de tijd en lees je ook wat er toen gebeurd is er zit romantiek in het boek maar het draait ook om de liefde tussen broer en zus en de band van een [...]


    17. The Stormchasers is een boek dat erg vlot leest Zelf nam ik het elk moment op om verder te lezen De context van het tornadojagen past erg goed bij de bipolaire stoornis van de tweelingbroer Het verhaal nam me mee in het leven van tornadojagers, tweelingen, mensen met een bipolaire stoornis en hun naaste familie Ik had het gevoel meer te weten te komen over deze leefwerelden zonder dat het informatief of belerend overkwam Het hele verhaal door was ik benieuwd naar het vervolg en ik werd daarin af [...]



    18. Jenna Blum s newest novel The Stormchasers relates the story of fraternal twins Karena and Charles Hallingdahl Estranged for twenty years, Karena receives a phone call one day from a hospital that is treating her brother for anxiety attacks Karena leaves her life in the Twin Cities to travel to Kansas to see her brother, so long missing from their family However, by the time she arrives Charles has been discharged from the hospital and is gone once again Karena explains to the doctor who treated [...]


    19. I love prairie storms It s hard to articulate to someone not from the prairies what s so beautiful about miles of flat land, and overwhelming sky, and the dark clouds that encroach from the horizon Jenna Blum writes in ways that is so tangent and real and she articulates perfectly the feel of summer road trips and solo flights and sitting in empty parking of highway motels You can taste the scenery I will read this book over and over again for the descriptors alone.A lot of reviewers have mentio [...]


    20. I don t remember hearing about this at all when it came out I found it when I was in the stacks, and picked it up because I d loved Those Who Save Us This book, though entirely different in setting, is of equal quality It is a story about 38 year old Karena and her bipolar, tornado chasing twin, Charles, told in four parts Karena in July 2008 Karena and Charles in 1988, the summer after their senior year of high school Karena and Charles in August 2008 and an epilogue, set a year later, in Augus [...]


    21. When I go to my local library I often browse the new books on the shelf first maybe because those shelves are directly in front of the circulation desk But lately I ve been feeling sorry for the books in the stacks there are so many of them and I felt they could use a little check out love, so I decided to read alphabetically, by author, through those shelves I ve done the A book with Jeannine Atkins Little Woman and Blue and now it was time to choose a B I have been a long time fan of author Je [...]


    22. To read reviews check out Reading Rendezvous on MISS at missomnimedia tag reading renJenna Blum s novel The Stormchasers A Novel is a heartbreaking story of family and love As we follow Karena on a search for love and her brother, Charles, Charles is plagued with bi polar disorder and a chronic need to follow danger Charles and Karena are twins who haven t seen each other in 20 years due to his illness Karena constantly checks stormchaser websites to look for updates her brother has submitted S [...]


    23. Honestly, I wishlisted this book on my library e book wish list 6 months ago and it s been available off and on but I haven t downloaded it until three days ago Since I started reading it to say I was hooked would be an understatement I ll admit the first thing that intrigued me was the whole stormchasing concept I ve watched the Discovery Channel s hit show Stormchasers and had the reaction of How could anyone in their right mind do this The second thing was the whole twin angle of the book As [...]


    24. Go get him, Karena, he said You re the only one who can.And Karena knew this to be true, from the nights she was the only one who could sing Charles to sleep, the only one who could coax him off the roof, keep him from climbing the water tower, make him stop chanting that song, stop bouncing that ball, stop kicking that door She ran out into the lot, tasting the dirt in the air, positioning herself where Charles would either have to stop or run her down from The StormchasersMore than once, I ve [...]


    25. From Jenna Blum, author of the exceptional book Those Who Save Us, the Stormchasers is a different theme, but by now means less powerful or compelling Its hard to have such a wonderful book, Those and then to have to have any others be compared to it But I rather enjoyed this I found the characters interesting, the portrait of bipolar disorder right on the mark, as well as the portrait of Stormchasers, and the connection between I found the description of twinship and responsibility interesting [...]


    26. I loved Blum s first book, Those Who Save Us, and so I was somewhat eager to read her second novel, The Stormchasers Somewhat, because while she is clearly a fantastic writer, a second novel is often either disappointing or a near replica of the first book Authors who continue to write the same book over and over bug me, and so I can thankfully report Blum is not among them However, I did not love this book like I did the first.This is a modern day story, of Karena and Charles, twins who grew up [...]


    27. It is rare to find a great story that contains a mystery, a great romance, and proof of the ties that bind family members, but Jenna Blum has created just that in this gripping novel Told through the narration of Karena, the book begins with a phone call from a hospital as they tell her that her twin brother has requested that they notify her that he has been admitted The shocker though is that Karena has not seen her brother in twenty years and Karena has been desperately searching for him ever [...]


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