What is the basic plot of the book Tornado Warning by Elin Stebbins Waldal relate to domestic violence?

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Domestic violence in teens is the topic of Tornado Warning.

This book is a memoir that includes diary entries from the young girl Elin and the author’s adult reflections.  Domestic violence is “a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as .. dating” (enotes, domestic violence).  In this story, a young girl describes violent abuse suffered from her boyfriend.

The two voices are the same person at different times in her life.  The teenager is sad and spent.

The girl I drew…I don’t know her. She is worn like leather, joyless, spent, ancient. I forced myself to look at the mirror. The thing of it is…it’s not as if I am frowning and angry. What is scary is I look vacant, gone, dead.

The adult Elin wants to help the girl she remembers, looking back.  She is stronger now, but still feels the pain of the girl she was.

I am thinking of my teenage years to the point where they play in front of me like a film. I am fighting for my life, half in the shadow and half in the light. I see myself so clearly: I want to stop him, help her—help the young woman who was me that flickers before my eyes. 

Why didn’t anyone help Elin?  This is one of the difficult questions the book grapples with.  Why didn’t Elin leave her abuser?  Again, this is not easy to answer.  It is part of the pattern of domestic violence.

 

 

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