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Torn by [Clarke, Cat]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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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)

Gripping, thought-provoking and disturbing (Booktrust)

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

One of the best books I have read (Guardian)

It was gripping, thrilling ... There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing and wanting to read as fast as possible (Heaven, Hell and Purgatory)

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

One of the most striking and unforgettable books I have ever read (Page Turner)

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

Haunting, emotional and beautiful (Blabbing Books)

Incredible - pure and simple (Writing from the Tub on Cat Clarke)

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers in Britain (Library Mice on Cat Clarke)

I wholly, unabashedly and completely recommend this book (Inis Magazine on Cat Clarke)

Clarke...succeeds brilliantly, thanks to the reality of the characters and the depth of the emotion (The Scotsman on Cat Clarke)

Moving, thought provoking and utterly gripping from start to finish (Mizz on Cat Clarke)

Clarke excels at genuine page-turners and I read this in one greedy sitting (The Bookseller on Cat Clarke)

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They didn't mean to kill her...now the guilt will tear them apart. A compulsive page-turner for fans of E Lockhart, Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1762 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Children's Books (22 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JN55R0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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