I received this book at no cost from the publisherRun by Kody Keplinger
Published by Scholastic Press on June 28th 2016
Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.
Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure.
Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.
So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and -- worst of all -- confronting some ugly secrets.
Two girls from opposite side of the track find friendship and courage to overcome their baggage and become better and stronger individuals.
Bo has more baggage than any high school junior should ever have to carry. Her mother is a drug addict, her father ran off when she was a child and now her brother has left to pursue his life. Agnes has severely limited vision and her parents are over protective to the point that she can never leave the house and has almost given up the hope of ever getting out of her small town. When Bo helps Agnes find her way home after getting lost in the woods behind her house, the two start a friendship that leads both to a better life.
Bo decides that she needs to find her father and Agnes agrees that she needs to get away from her claustrophobic family and a road trip begins that ends in both getting a new start in life. There is a bit of a romance between Bo’s brother and Agnes which makes her feel alive and more confident as well as Bo admitting that she prefers girls and that her reputation of a fast girl is something that she has used to keep that part of her secret from the kids at school.
This is a very emotional story told in alternating viewpoints from each character. I was very resistant to the story as well but then realized that I had read 100 pages without a break and picked up again to finish it just as quickly. I have read most of the author’s work so I was excited about this one. It is so realistic that it will give you “all the feels” quite quickly. Parents: there are sexual situations, drug and alcohol mentions. some violence, and language. I would say it is actually pretty safe for most teens since the situations are handled with truth and dignity.
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Is that a trick question? I would love to run away and join the circus. =)
Didn’t we all at one point?
I’m sure I packed up a backpack as a little kid!
danielle hammelef says
I know I thought about that as a kid whnever my parents were too hard on me in my opinion.
Linda Kish says
Never from home when I was young. From my life, maybe, as an adult. But, that’s just metaphorical.
Lily M. says
I never wanted to run away, I wasn’t very adventures was I was younger, now I think about just taking trips to places but never really running away ?
Lori L Clark says
Never as a young adult, but there have been times as a mature adult where I’ve thought about running away from it all!
Tari Lawson says
Growing up in a blended family of 7 kids, I definitely had times when I wanted to run away.
not when I was a kid, but now as an older adult.
Edna Williams says
I’m definitely thinking about it often!
Cynthia Powers says
Nope. Home life was pretty happy growing up; this despite my horribly sarcastic older brother who could never let a moment go by to make some snarky comment to me.
Daniel M says
yes all the time
I did run away once. My dog and I sat under a mulberry tree in the backyard for several hours before I finally gave up.
Yes, I definitely have time when I want to run away. Just sell everything and travel! 🙂
missy ellis says
maybe when i was younger
Katherine Riley says
I love to run away on vacation. Planning a trip to Pigeon Forge in December right now.