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Torn [Kindle Edition]

Cat Clarke
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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'a real page-turner ... the home-grown horror of a real world thriller is what makes this story stand out' We Love This Book.

'one of the best books I have read' Guardian.

'Cat Clarke is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers we have in Britain at the moment ... The story is fast-paced, the writing snappy and in the right tone' librarymice.

'it was gripping, thrilling ... There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing and wanting to read as fast as possible ... bloody good!!' Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.

'This story was haunting, emotional and beautiful' Blabbing Books.

'a blisteringly fast tale told with heart and integrity that quite simply won't let you go until you've reached 'The End'' Books 4 Teens.

'this has been one of the most striking and unforgettable books I have ever read' Page Turner.

'Gripping, thought-provoking and disturbing' Booktrust.

'Heart-stoppingly tense and palpably taut ... 'Torn' is breathless' Did You Ever Stop to Think.

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Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.

Alice King isn't expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she's not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares...

Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there's Tara - queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.

Cass decides it's time to teach Tara a lesson she'll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever...

A compelling story of guilty secrets, troubled friendship and burgeoning love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1451 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (22 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JN55R0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn by Cat Clarke 15 Jan 2012
Torn is a UK YA fiction book which makes a change from all the American YA Fiction i have been reading, Torn has a brilliant story line I was hooked from the first page.

Cat has written Torn from first person perspective which I love because i could really get into the story. Her writing style makes me feel familiar with everything she describes and how she describes it. Her characters are very realistic.

Alice is the main character and I really like her, she is a nice girl but not to nice, I think Cat done well with all the emotions Alice went through in the book. The themes that were covered in the book were mainly death related, Cat covered 3 different types of deaths very well, I think it helped that it was from first person perspective it takes some skill to make it all sound realistic, I was not surprised when i read up that Cat is an experienced writer and is the co-founder of a literary agency.

Alice's dad was another of my favourite characters, i liked his and Alice's relationship he was not only a father to Alice but also a friend, he seemed to have the right balance with her.

I enjoyed Polly's character i was very intrigued at how her character developed through the book, i really did not expect her to develop the way she did in the book.

I loved the whole book and everything about it, if Cat decides to write a follow on from this book i would be the first to buy it. Torn tells a story of how easily things can go terribly wrong, and that hiding a serious secret will eat you up inside until it can never be a secret anymore...

If you love young adult fiction then you will love this book, I think it is something different from the typical YA fiction that is out right now, just what we need to break away from the same vampire and fairy stuff being churned out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn, Cat Clarke 29 Dec 2011
By Annie
My god.
I had high hopes for this book already, and I bought it on my new Kindle straight away.
I did not regret it by any stretch.
The plot was well established as it was well-written. I think if anyone else had written it, it would have been hardly believable and a bit damp.
However, the idea was perfectly executed and great to read.
The protagonist's voice was clear and you felt like you were her.
I wish there was an infinite-star option.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author! 24 May 2012
By Laura
Cat Clarke is really good at creating flawed characters. I don't just mean the trivial flaws that are often prevalent in YA, (you know what I mean: "My hair is too frizzy...", "My boobs are too small", "I'm a social outcast..."). No no no. Clarke goes for the big flaws which are far more real. She creates characters who act in all the wrong and improper ways when faced with drama and calamity. They fu...dge up. They don't just mess up because it's good for the story, or because it adds necessary conflict. Her characters mess up in all the ways that real people mess up. We chicken out. We swear and get horny. We act selfishly. We hurt people to console ourselves. We bitch. We get jealous. We lie.

We do all of these things and yet whenever we read a story, don't we see ourselves as the hero? Despite all our own flaws, we all want to be the one to save the Nakatomi Towers, or defeat the Alien, or take on the Terminators. Clarke gives us protagonists who sometimes do bad things but who also want their "Yippy-ki-yay-Get-away-from-her-you-bitch-Come-with-me-if-you-want-to-live" moment. This, to me, is real and it therefore makes me really care about and empathise with her characters.

Which is great. Except Cat Clarke likes her realistic narratives so much that sometimes she has to go and put her characters in painful and impossible situations. She hurts them and, through her razor sharp prose, cuts us too! Deeply.

So darn you, Cat Clarke! You've made me cry for the second time, and for that I kind of want to throttle you and beg you to take it easy on your poor protagonists. At the same time, you've made damn sure that I will go out and buy every single book you ever write, because you're bloody terrific! Ours is to be a love-hate relationship, I think! He he he.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy and gripping YA 22 Dec 2011
By L
Drawing on scenarios more usually encountered in teen horror movies, Torn is the gripping story of schoolgirl politics getting way out of hand. Cat Clarke's follow up to bestselling debut novel Entangled takes a fresh look at what happens when a group of teenagers are given a taste of freedom on a school wilderness trip... with truly disastrous consequences. Part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, Torn is essentially a book about growing up - think coming-of-age story, but terrifying. It's about that moment when you realise that crying to your parents or hiding behind the sofa won't fix things - that sometimes life can spiral out of control and there's no way back to the safety of before.

Narrator Alice King is the type of character that readers will instantly empathise with. At school, she's neither queen bee nor outcast, instead occupying the no-man's land between the two extremes. Like many of us, she's accutely aware of the injustice perpetuated by the in crowd, but not quite brave - or powerful - enough to befriend those deemed Untouchable. Her own acceptance is far too tenuous to take such a risk. With insight and dark humour in equal measure, Torn really digs down into the truth about the high school social order, going beyond the simple mean-girls-vs-losers dynamic we often see perpetuated in popular culture and holding the mirror up to a reality that's far more complex.

Cat Clarke is an edgy writer, and that's her strength. She doesn't write tidy stories where enemies are safely dispatched and a happy ending is guaranteed for all. She writes in shades of grey, and the result is honest and raw narratives where things get messy and hearts get broken - sometimes readers' hearts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A death, and the aftermath
It's almost two years since I purchased this, so by the time I got to reading it I'd forgotten totally the synopsis. Read more
Published 1 day ago by YeahYeahNoh
4.0 out of 5 stars Not something is usually pick up
But very glad I did! It's hard to say why I enjoyed this book as much as I did, possibly it's honesty as the voice of a young woman in a difficult situation.
Published 2 months ago by Cath
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book is one of the only books I've really read out if choice apart from Darren Shans zombie books but this books just had something gripping from when I read the back of it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by karen
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have given it 4-5 stars as I loved the book
I would have given it 4-5 stars as I loved the book, but the ending was rubbish. I like a good cliff hanger and leaving things to the imagination but this was just silly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bronwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book. One you want to keep reading this book. Great ending.
Published 3 months ago by vanessa james
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
I liked the concept and it was very hard to put down at times but the ending let it down for me. I would've liked a lot on the aftermath and how Cass and the others would've... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tanatswa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
definitely recommend this book, it's such a brilliant read, and the rest of cat Clarke's books are just as good. one of my favourite books I have ever read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!
The book started out OK but soon it became a boring and slow read. Skipped a lot of chapters just to read the end part. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn
Torn is one of the best books that I have read this year. It is absolutely amazing. The story is from the point of view of a school girl named Alice King, and tells the story of a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pink Elephant
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
It took me about 24 hours to finish this book.
While I found it interesting enough to keep reading, it didn't grip me in the way I would have liked. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sar'
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