Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review: Torn Together

Title:  Torn Together
Author:  Emlyn Chand
Genre:  New Adult
Publisher:  Evolved Publishing
Release Date:  August 14, 2012
File Size/Pages:  864 KB/258 pgs
Source:  CLP Blog Tours

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Why does growing up have to be so difficult? Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and--to top it all off--her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals--first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India--her cynicism begins to melt away. Meghann provides insight into Daly's life and an endless stream of good advice, comforting Daly despite her own less fortunate position. Kashi proves he cares too much about Daly to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi's family in order to seal their "forever." Will these friendships be enough to turn around Daly's directionless life? Will she move past the hurt and learn to trust again? Or will her mother, once again, ruin everything she's worked so hard to achieve?

Review:  When Daly, the main character, discovers her boyfriend is having an affair, she returns to her childhood home. Now, you'd think that this would be fine and dandy, but it isn't. Daly and her mother, Laine, have a strained relationship, and it's quite obvious. Not too far into the novel, we're introduced to Meghann. Meghann is a freshman in high school who Laine has taken under her wing; they met at the shelter where Laine works. When Laine is giving Meghann a cooking lesson, Daly becomes so consumed with anger that she goes for a run and one thing leads to another, and she meets Kashi. At first, Daly doesn't know how to react to Kashi coming up and talking to her, but little did she know that this would be the guy to change her life in a very big way. When I first began reading this novel, I honestly didn't know whether or not I would enjoy it because it was so hard for me to connect with Daly; she seemed very distant, but she was hurt, and I understood it more. Towards the middle of the novel, I was so happy and excited because everything seemed to be going perfect, but then Emlyn just hits us with this huge bang! It literally shocked me! I had no idea how to react, I wasn't expecting it at all! In the end, this novel was a great, but emotional read. I would definitely recommend this novel to others. It will change your life!

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info, or connect with her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or GoodReads. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!


Samantha March said...

Love the review!

Carole said...

Thanks for joining in Books You Loved, Josie Ann. Cheers

Elizabeth said...

Adorable blog...NEW FOLLOWER.

Nice review and post.

THANKS for sharing.

Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition I am in that list as #15.

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Emlyn Chand said...

Wow, Josie Ann, such high praise! I feel that literature needs more Daly Englishes, the type of person who just drifts by and feels isolated from life--there are so many people like that in the real world, yet almost every literary hero is exactly that, a hero! I enjoyed your review very much. Thank you again for the kind words.

Em :-D