#BannedBooksWeek & Still Life with Tornado Review

It was a slower week than normal for me this week.  I usually read a couple books but it was a crazy week and weekend with family activities so I decided it was okay to just read one book this time. This post is linked with  The Sunday PostStacking the Shelves, and Saturday Situation.


Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King 4.5 stars out of 5

This was a fabulous book!  My favorite thing about this book is how it was written.  Ms. King’s writing style is so poetic and lyrical.  It is a nice break from the norm. Sarah is sixteen years old and has decided to drop out of school because of “the incident”. Also,she hasn’t seen her brother for six years, her parents don’t speak, she follows around a homeless guy, is an artist looking for an original idea, and has started to see different versions of herself in public.  Sarah meets her 23 year old self on the bus and shortly after meets her 10 year old self.  Ten year old Sarah is the one who helps 16 year old Sarah unlock suppressed memories from their family trip to Mexico six years ago when her brother, Brian, left for good.  This story is told from both Sarah’s point of view and her mom’s point of view. Her mom, Helen, provides insight to the abuse she has had to endure from her husband that was hidden from Sarah until now.  When Sarah finds out, she feels that her whole life has been unoriginal and a lie.  This book is about abuse, anger, forgiveness, and looking at life as art whether it is original or not.  I highly recommend this book if you are wanting a different type of read that is original.  (The “original” comments will make sense once you read the book.)


I am still having fun posting bookstagram photos on Instagram. Here some of my latest ones or you can see them all HERE! Feel free to follow me on Instagram too.


Next week I plan to read Replica by Lauren Oliver. I got her ARC this spring in Chicago. I have never read any of her books so I am excited to get started on this one.



13 thoughts on “#BannedBooksWeek & Still Life with Tornado Review

  1. Ardis @ Pondering The Prose says:

    Eleanor & Park was banned? Why, because it showed a realistic portrayal of domestic abuse? I am amazed. That book was hard to read at times, but was also beautiful. Still Life With Tornado looks like an unusual, interesting book. I will add it to the never-ending TBR right now.

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    • jolenewilsonblog says:

      I am not sure why but was banned or challenged. Maybe some of the make out scenes? Some of the language used ? I love that book! Sometimes if a book is banned people want to read it more😊. Thanks for commenting.


  2. Greg Hill says:

    I can’t wait to see what you think of Replica. I’m keen to start it too- hopefully this week. Nice bookstagrams too! I like the Our Chemical Hearts one especially. 🙂

    I’m not sure how many banned books I’ve read, but I do want to try Eleanor & Park.

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