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BOOK REVIEW: torn by cat clarke

Book Review: Torn by Cat Clarke - Venus Aby


Book Title: Torn
Author: Cat Clarke
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: December 22nd 2011 (First Published: September 22nd 2011)
Rating: 4 stars
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They didn’t mean to kill her…now the guilt will tear them apart

Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.

Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their lives for ever…


This book took me down the most intense build up to a murder and it was..interesting. From the beginning of the book, I was so invested in what could’ve possibly happened for the murder to occur. Reading quotes like “It was only a matter of time. I knew it” made me wonder how everything was gonna go down. A murder committed by teens isn’t a plot you see in many books.

My main thoughts about the book:


Tara, who, for some reason is mean to everyone, gets murdered. We have the narrator, Alice, who was ex-best friends with Tara. Cass is Alice’s best friend who dislikes Tara and Polly is a character who was always with Tara, even though Tara was mean to her.


Alice is a frustrating character in terms of the way she dealt with the murder of Tara and how she was acting very selfish. She also blindly joined in on whatever the plan was to murder Tara, knowing it was going to turn out bad and didn’t really show much character development until the very very end.

Also, I didn’t like Cass’ character at all. The things she said and did to Tara made me very uncomfortable and disgusted by her.


Although Tara did seem like a mean person, in every story, we have to understand the reasons why people turn out the way they do. This book definitely gives a valid reason for why Tara was the way she was, however, I think it was overdone (in terms of the way Tara turned into an extremely horrible person after what happened).


The romance aspect of this book is why I gave it 4 stars. I know it’s very important for the plot, however, I’m just over the “romance to help deal the death of a loved one” story in books now. I had this same issue with The Sky is Everywhere too. In Torn, the romance was absolutely messy. I was rolling my eyes every time I read these scenes because they were just ridiculous. Can books stop using death to make a romance story?

Book Review of Torn by Cat Clarke!

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  • Reply Olivia Roach

    I love that you mention about how you said that you loved the characters but then at the same time they could be annoying too 😀 It made me smile. And yes, I am done with the romance and grief combinations as well. You can have grief without romance as we need to have that representation too!

    March 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply venus aby

      It’s funny because you want to root for some characters but their actions make you so annoyed with them, haha! I agree on grief without romance being something that needs to have more representation in books, especially YAs!

      March 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply harness dildo

    What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious knowledge on the
    topic of unpredicted feelings.

    May 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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