- Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 263 pages
- Dimensions: 146mm x 212mm x 30mm | 476g
- Publication date: 15 May 2012
- ISBN 10: 0761462724
- ISBN 13: 9780761462729
- Illustrations note: NO
Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies. You d never guess that Stella s dad was a drug addict who had walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more. New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels. But Stella is pulled in by Ruby s infectious confidence, brutal honesty, and die-hard loyalty. With Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn t be tried once. It s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she s ever had and the friends she s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be. But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn t show anyone not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal."
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By theEPICrat 27 May 2012
I have been really jonesin' for some straight-up YA contemporary reads for a long while now, and when I find a gem like TORN that literally speaks to my soul, I cannot help but sing high praises. TORN takes readers on a rocky ride as Stella figures out whether keeping up with Ruby is a good idea - or stop her new wild-and-crazy friend from some very bad decisions. How old is too old as far as boyfriends go? How high is too high to jump for your friends? How close is too close to your family to help out with your younger siblings as your mom works double shifts?
Senior year has never been more packed full of age-old questions and heart-heavy dilemmas - and I appreciated the end-results that TORN delivered to its readers. Stephanie Guerra created two very interesting characters whose friendship might self-destruct at any given moment, but I could not help but hope that Stella and Ruby would be able to make it out of high school alive and for the better. I do not think I have read a more memorable and well-journeyed account of a senior year. I guarantee TORN will make you wanting a Stella or Ruby in your lives because I am sure that no one should ever go without one who will have your back even if you try to shut them out.