Review: We Speak In Storms, Natalie Lund

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We Speak In Storms, Natalie Lund

Publishing on September 3rd, 2019 by Philomel Books.

It’s been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens — a whole generation of Mercerites — dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens’ paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward–if only they work together.




  • We Speak In Storms is a stunningly written debut and what impressed me the most about it all was the atmosphere that the author manages to set into this story. We’re in a small town in Illinois that was touched by a tornado years ago, we’re surrounded by spirits, ghosts of the past, there’s something eerie about the writing, about everything happening, about the writing and the wind and it all and I loved it all so much. It’s atmospheric, it’s spooky without being scary at all and it’s the kind of atmosphere I love.
  • Told in three different point of views, We Speak In Storms throws us inside the mind of three, very different characters, with different lives and different issues. I loved how the three main characters felt distinct and unique, all of them standing off the page with their voices. As the story goes on, the three characters grow a whole damn lot and I loved that, too.
  • One of my favorite things about We Speak In Storms was certainly how it was focused on the friendship before anything else. There was no romance in the book at all, instead we discovered a very unlikely friendship and bound between the three main characters building up as we go and I appreciated that so much.
  • This book is about growth, about leaving the past behind and moving on, it’s about ghosts resurfacing from a tragedy and having trouble moving on, it’s about both the past and present and both intertwine together perfectly. It’s a hard book to explain, really, I feel like it’s better experienced.



  • It’s not a dislike per-se, but We Speak In Storms is quite a heavy book to read at times, especially in some chapters because it heavily deals with grief and the death of a parent and friends, take care.



If you’re looking for a unique, atmospheric kind of read, I would definitely recommend you give We Speak In Storms a try. It’s a beautiful story about friendships and growing up, quite heavy to read at times, but definitely worth it. A debut to look out for, for sure.

Final rating:  4 drops!

A million thanks to the wonderful Lili for sending me her ARC copy through a giveaway I won. Lili is amazing, check out her fantastic blog!

Trigger warnings: homophobia, violence, grief, death of a loved one, death of a parent, terminal illness (cancer), bullying, sexual abuse, smoking, slut-shaming, animal cruelty.

Diversity: gay main character, fat main character, biracial main character (half-Mexican, half-American).

Did you read We Speak In Storms? Do you want to?

What was the last vey atmospherical book you read and enjoyed? Let me know in comments!





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