Jenna Blum has created a book that is exciting, painful, funny, and human in her new novel The Stormchasers.
The Stormchasers is a story about Kerena Jorge and the search for her estranged twin Charles. Charles has struggled with mental illness in the form of a bipolar disorder his whole life. Refusing treatment and frequently afflicted with manic episodes the condition ultimately results in his estrangement from his family.
Charles has always been obsessed with the weather. Growing up in rural Minnesota he would frequently chase and document severe storms much to the worries of his family. But, to Charles, weather is more than just a phenomenon – it’s an all-consuming part of his life.
Ultimately Karena does locate Charles and the process of getting to know her brother begins. Confronting their past becomes the main focus of the story. Their past if one of much pain and a secret that causes them both to never truly be honest with themselves. During their period of reconciliation the secret they both share is painfully confronted and ultimately revealed.
Blum’s writing is fast paced and wonderfully descriptive. Her characters easily come to life to the reader. Blum does an especially good job at bringing the painful scenes and realities of mental illness to life. In the end the reader is left with a story that evokes many emotions from pain/sympathy, to resignation and acceptance. All this mixed in with some ‘edge of your seat’ storm chasing scenes that (from an east coaster who has never experienced weather as discussed in this book) bring sever weather to life in an amazingly live way.
The Stormchasers is a highly recommended summer read!
For more information on The Stormchasers or Jenna Blum, please visit her website at: www.jennablum.com.