Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

tempestuous_askewA fantastic read!  Fast-paced with unexpected turns along the way!  Imagine being removed from the top echelon of the popular group or rather being kicked-off, banished to work at a hotdog stand to fulfill some of your punishment, then getting snowed-in at the mall with your ex-friends and a thief on the loose.  What a great premise for a great story!  Miranda is a problem-fixer, everyone who works in the food court comes to her with their problems and somehow she is able to fix them and make everything rosy – wIth the exception of her own problems.  Let’s throw in a pair of handcuffs – love it!  A joke that ended up leaving Miranda cuffed to Caleb for the night.  Too funny!

The situations that these kids were able to get themselves into and out of were fantastic!  A very MacGyveresque story.  I have to admit I think I would have really enjoyed some of the events they put on during the night.  Throw in a little mystery and intrigue, it was a perfect read!

On a more serious note, I truly enjoyed Miranda’s awakening, if I can be so bold to call it that.  Working hard to create the best birthday party and night for her co-worker and being handcuffed to Caleb, provided her with opportunities to see who she really was and who she really is.  It was not preachy in any way, shape or form, it really came out naturally.

Hmm…  can you tell I really liked it!  Guess what I will also be highly recommending this one!  A great overall read that held my attention – read it in one sitting 🙂

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite quote(s):

“This may just seem like a tempest in a teapot for you, but it’s about a lot more than a party – …”  (p. 55)

” ‘ Yo, Einstein, we lost cell reception about two hours ago.  Why else do you think we’re all sitting here bored shitless?  The ability for anyone in our generation to self-amuse has sadly been bred out of our species.  I blame Bill Gates.  What I wouldn’t give for a lame game of Words with Friends right about now.’ ”   (p. 59)

“… He’d taken me to task at times throughout the night, but his challenges seemed rooted in the belief that I was capable of more.”      (p. 180).


Asken, Kim and Helmes, Amy.  (2012). Tempestuous: A twisted Lit Novel.  Merit Press: Netgalley.com

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