Title: The Waiting Sky
Author: Lara Zielin
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: August 2, 2012
One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane’s life for the better.
Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can’t quite admit her mother’s alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane’s best friend.
Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty–is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.
Yep, the first page has a quote from Twister. Be still, my heart! Lara Zielin, you know how to capture me from the start.
The Twister quote was just the beginning of a very enjoyable story. Jane has been dealing with her alcoholic mother on her own for a while now, and she decides to get away from it all and spend the summer with her tornado-chasing brother. Along the way, we learn more about Jane’s mother and why her brother left home, as well as watch Jane fall in love with a cute guy from a rival tornado-chasing team.
The majority of the book focuses on Jane learning to deal with the guilt of leaving her mom. Her brother, Ethan, plays a big part in helping her realize that it’s not Jane’s responsibility to take care of their mom – it should be the other way around. And then along comes Max. Jane and Max start hanging out and Max plays an even bigger role in helping Jane sort out her life. And while there was a *touch* of insta-love going on, their romance did add some spice to the book.
Even though the book deals with some heavy issues, Lara Zielin still makes the book cute and easy to read. I zipped through The Waiting Sky and am looking forward to the rest of Lara’s work.