In the beginning of Still Life with Tornado you see that Sarah is struggling – she is feeling uncomfortable at school, she can’t seem to open up to her parents even though they express concern, she is losing touch with friends. As the novel progresses the reader slowly gets to chip into the tornado of her reality to get clues to her breakdown. There are a lot of repressed memories as well as past family events that have been hidden from her. This is a complex and multi-layered story that I found to be very rewarding. A. S. King often includes elements of surrealism and in this books we have our protagonist, 16-year-old Sarah, as well as a few visits from 10, 23 and 40-year old Sarahs as well. (Recommended for grades 7 and up.)