Book Review | The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

The Shape of Thunder

Author: Jasmine Warga  // Published: May 11, 2021




Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.

Despite living next door to each other, they exist in separate worlds of grief. Cora is still grappling with the death of her beloved sister in a school shooting, and Quinn is carrying the guilt of what her brother did.

On the day of Cora’s twelfth birthday, Quinn leaves a box on her doorstep with a note. She has decided that the only way to fix things is to go back in time to the moment before her brother changed all their lives forever—and stop him.

In spite of herself, Cora wants to believe. And so the two former friends begin working together to open a wormhole in the fabric of the universe. But as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of time travel to save their siblings, they learn that the magic of their friendship may actually be the key to saving themselves.


Thank you to Balzer + Bray for the gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review!


Jasmine Warga has a way of making you constantly emotional. After reading Other Words For Home I just knew I was going to want to read this and I’m so glad that I did.

I can’t explain how amazing this book is. We start off with two points of view, Cora and Quinn. These girls entered my heart immediately. Jasmine Warga has a way of writing her main characters that just leaves you attached days after closing the book. I loved these two. We got a look into both their struggles after the tragedy and trauma. Both coping with what happened in their own way. Seeing how the people around them reacted. Everything felt so raw and painful, it was like being right there with them every step of the way. There was so much to be discussed from love and loss to trauma and healing. Not to forget identity and culture. It was all so heartbreaking but it was worth it.

I cried so many times reading this. It all felt so realistic and I love how the author brings these important discussions and issues to middle grade novels. There’s a starting point to the discussion through her books and they’re always so eye opening. I can’t stress enough how important these things are. I know most people think of middle grade as always being light and comfort type novels but there’s room for these too. There should be room for these too.

I definitely advise having a box of tissues ready because you’ll be experiencing a wide range of emotions thanks to this book.

About the Author

Jasmine Warga is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is the internationally bestselling author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries and optioned for film. Her debut middle grade novel, Other Words For Home, will be published in Spring 2019. Jasmine lives in an apartment filled with books with her husband, two tiny daughters, large dog, and mischievous cat.


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11 thoughts on “Book Review | The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

  1. I’m a total sucker for those emotional reads and this one sounds right up my alley. I’d never heard of this one before now so thanks for putting this on my radar! Great review 😊


  2. How come I hadn’t heard of this novel? Now I desperately need it! Loved the review, the story sounds incredible.
    Every time I write a wrap-up I feature posts I’ve really enjoyed reading that month, linking back to the original and giving credit of course. Would it be okay if I featured your post? It’s completely opcional and with no preassure at all, but I wanted to ask first.


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