Hardcover, 144 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2012
Torn was an excellent realistic teen read. We've all been there before, people trying to bring us to the "dark side". Everyone loves to gossip and start rumors on one another, even if most is not even real people still have it in the back of their mind. And that is what happened to Stella.
Stella Chavez is your average student, good grades, sort of a jock in high school, and gets along with majority of the school. But truth is her dad was a major drug user and ended up leaving his family behind. Now Stella is picking up the pieces and helps her mother, whom works double shifts as a waitress, take care of her younger siblings Marcus and Jackie.
Then comes Ruby who is new and you can tell first hand that she takes nothing from no one. She loves speaking her mind, dating much older guys, and smoking. Ruby has hidden secrets that you will find out that will blow your mind. Before too long, Stella and Ruby start hanging out. People at school start questioning why she is spending so much time with Ruby that she is a "whore" and been with half the college campus. Stella ends up meeting Mike from Ruby, who's age difference is just two years, but to everyone in high school that's just nuts. But how far will Ruby go and what age limit does she stop at? Ruby and Stella have their differences and Stella's social life is taking a downfall due to rumors. Stella's life is at stake, college applications need to be filled out, soccer is not much of a priority anymore, and girl's at school are planning something terrible at the end of graduation. Will she lose a friend, by going behind her back to help Ruby?
I highly recommend this book, it is a wonderful book that most people have experience or will experience in their life. This book kind of reminded me of the "Mean Girl" scene. Teenagers can be vicious and in Torn you definitely see this. This is a great fast paced read that I could not put down. I liked the way the author wrote, very easy to follow and makes you want to keep turning the pages.