VP Fraternity Relations Advisor recently posted an excellent book review on her blog. She began reading Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and its Effect on a Woman’s Life as soon as it came out earlier this year. The book is the true story of the author, Elin Waldal, how she came to be in a violent relationship as a teen (it’s so true that it can happen to anyone), her experience in the relationship, ending it, and the long-term impact it has had on her life.
This is one of the bravest authors you will ever read. Not only does she share her story, she exposes everything she was going through by using excerpts from journals she kept at the time. Here’s an example:
“What people don’t seem to get is the guy doesn’t haul off and hit you on the first date. First there is the falling in love, followed by the extreme need, and then there’s this slow erosion of self until without noticing it, the woman becomes unrecognizable even to herself”
The other thing that sets this book apart from other similar memoirs (like Leslie Morgan Steiner’s Crazy Love which I recommend here) is the way the author shares the aftermath. What happens to you in a relationship like this stays with you for a long time. Recovery is not easy; it takes time, patience, and determination.
Reading this book could save someone’s life.