Published by Dutton on May 27, 2010
Genres: family drama
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Karena and Charlie are twins, growing up in a small Minnesota town (based off of my hometown). Charlie is volatile and bipolar. The only thing that interests him are the thunderstorms and tornados that blow over the Midwest and Plains all summer long. He takes off and the only info Karena gets on her brother is by trolling storm chaser websites and forums.
Flash forward 20 years, Karena gets a phone call that Charlie has been admitted to a hospital but he takes off before she gets there. She joins a group of storm chasers hoping to run into him along the way. With their mom gone and dad in a home with dementia, Charlie’s is the only family she has left.
Did I mention that Karena meets a super-sweet single storm chaser along the way? Yep there is a meet-cute.
What started out as a kind of rom com with the added fun-ness of running across the plains looking for tornados, delved deeper into a story or redemption and family ties. When these parts of the story really started to take shape is when I got really sucked in. It was much more more than I expected and I can’t wait to read more of Jenna’s work.
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 resource to try and track him down, Karena realizes she has only one last chance of finding him: the storms. Wherever the tornadoes are, that’s where he’ll be. Karena joins a team of professional stormchasers-passionate adventurers who will transform her life and give her a chance at love and redemption—and embarks on an odyssey to find her brother before he reveals the violent secret from their past and does more damage to himself . . . or to someone else.