Torn by Stephanie Guerra




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 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 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.

Hardcover, 263 pages
Expected publication: May 15 2012 by Marshall Cavendish 

(MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Torn is a Contemporary about two girls in their last year of high school who become friends even though they’re total opposites of each other. But they do have one thing in common, though. Both their loser dads left them when they were very young. But where Stella has a mom with strong faith and a love to put her children first, Ruby’s step-mother only focuses on her next boyfriend. Stephanie Guerra has written a beautiful story about unconditional love in friendship, and how far one girl will go to save her friend. Guerra is a wonderful writer; her way of writing pulled me in and kept me flipping the pages with this intriguing storyline.

Stella is simply sitting in English class, and in walks the new girl, Ruby, with her mid-drift, high heels and her loud, obnoxious attitude. Stella can't keep her eyes off this wild girl. She’s everything Stella’s not. But this is what draws these two girls together. Soon Stella is in so deep to Ruby’s wild ways that she will either have to abandon Ruby or commit to doing what it takes to help save her.

Stella gains from this friendship, too, though. It’s not just one sided. Stella is a stable, good girl, but not too great at voicing her opinion or standing up to others. It’s easier for Stella to keep her mouth shut. But even this good girl can learn from Ruby—the wild girl. I loved this scene where Ruby stands up for herself against the whole school in the lunch room. Sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do in order to shut the bullies up. And believe me, Ruby is a girl after my own heart in this scene.

Torn is beautiful story that made me cheer for Stella and Ruby. It makes you realize that no matter what you don’t have, and no matter what this ugly world throws at you to take you down, it’s clear that two is better than one when dealing with it. And when you have that one friend who believes in you and knows that your worth fighting for, you will have a friend who will be standing by your side forever. I recommend Torn as a wonderful read.


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  1. Thanks for the review. Adding it to my TBR pile now :)

  2. Though it's a bit short for my tastes (just when you get into it, it's over. :( But I know that could be the publisher saving money by condensing it) it sounds excellent so I'll give it a try. Thank you for spotlighting it. Great cover!

  3. Great review - I really enjoyed this one!


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