The drop on the oldest and shakiest roller-coaster, the Cyclone, will never surpass the feeling of Nora’s heart dropping when she saw her cousin, Riley, faint after getting off of the roller-coaster. After Riley is taken to the hospital and put under intensive care, a doctor comes to deliver the news that Riley is in critical condition. After hearing the news, Nora stays cooped up in the family waiting room as guilt eats away at her. She had been the one to blackmail Riley into getting on the roller-coaster with her. However, every bone in Nora’s body yearns to help Riley recover, so she doesn’t hesitate to help Riley gain back her physical sense and mental state.
I could have never asked for a better book to get cozy with during the winter break. Because I am interested in the medical field, Cyclone was an endearing story that had really hit home for me. Additionally, I liked how all of the characters had their own distinct characteristics and personalities. The story was so genuine that it felt like I had been a part of the team that was helping Riley recover.
One memorable thing was a concept that was talked about in the book. There is a character in Cyclone named Jack, and he explained how a group of three people never seems to work. Two of the people will always find a way to be closer, which results in the third person being excluded. It’s something that I’ve seen so many times, but I hadn’t realized until I saw it in words.
Reviewed by Jessica, Grade 9, Glen Allen Library