Friday, April 15, 2011

Tornado Warning Review and Giveaway!

Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect On A Woman's LifeI started reading Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and its Effect on a Woman's Life as soon as it came out earlier this year. This is the true story of the author, Elin Waldal, how she came to be in a violent relationship as a teen (it's so true that it can happen to anyone), her experience in the relationship, ending it, and the long-term impact it has had on her life.

This is one of the bravest authors you will ever read. Not only does she share her story, she exposes everything she was going through by using excerpts from journals she kept at the time. Here's an example:
"What people don't seem to get is the guy doesn't haul off and hit you on the first date. First there is the falling in love, followed by the extreme need, and then there's this slow erosion of self until without noticing it, the woman becomes unrecognizable even to herself"
The other thing that sets this book apart from other similar memoirs (like Leslie Morgan Steiner's Crazy Love which I recommend here) is the way the author shares the aftermath. What happens to you in a relationship like this stays with you for a long time. Recovery is not easy; it takes time, patience, and determination.

Not only is Ms. Waldal courageous, she is also generous, and has offered a copy of her book to one of my blog readers. She'll even sign it personally to the winner! To enter (one point each)
- comment below (include your email address if you think I don't have it already)
- follow me on twitter: (comment to let me know)
- follow Elin Waldal on twitter: (comment to let me know)
- tweet about the giveaway - use hashtag #teendvbook (if your profile is private, comment here to let me know)
- share this post on facebook (comment to let me know)

Winner will be drawn at random from all entries on Thursday, April 21st at noon EDT. Good luck!

Reading this book could save someone's life.


  1. Would definitely like to read this book!

  2. I'm now following Elin Waldal on twitter.

  3. Shared on fb! :)
    Ok, I'm done commenting now. (You know that I already follow you on twitter!)
    Can you tell I'd really like to win this book?

  4. Sounds like a great book! Would love to read it.

  5. I follow you on twitter already!

  6. Tweeted about the giveaway!

  7. I'd love to win! E-mail is in my profile.

  8. I apologize for being late in pulling the winner. I numbered each entry in order, 1-9, and then asked to pull an entry and #4 won. Congratulations snippetsfromsnaphappy!


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