Tuesday 27 September 2016

RUN by Kody Keplinger

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and an alcoholic mom. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks. 

Agnes Atwood has never stayed out past ten p.m., never gone on a date and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter - but Agnes isn't quite sure what they are protecting her from. 

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, 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. 

A story about the ferocity of friendship and the risks we'll take to save our friends ... And ourselves. 

I loved The Duff, so I was really excited about reading Kody Keplinger's latest book. And it didn't disappoint.

Even though Bo Dickinson is from a family with a bad reputation in the small town of Mursey, and Agnes Atwood is from a respected Christian family, they become good friends. Because Agnes is legally blind she's either treated like a delicate angel, or like a burden. And because Bo is a Dickinson she's treated like a sexually-obsessed criminal.

Neither girl is any of those things, and their very unique and close friendship soon makes them realise they don't have to live within other people's expectations and restraints.

However, when something really bad happens to Bo, both girls go on the run to find the freedom they both crave. But one of them has a secret that could tear everything apart and destroy their mutual trust...

As soon as I started this book, I knew it wouldn't take long to finish it. The writing style is addictive, the alternating POV chapters are short and crisp, and I loved getting to know both of these very different characters. I also loved (absolutely loved) how one POV was in the present, and the other covered the story that led Bo and Agnes to the point of no return.

This is the very sad story of a teenage girl who has known so much abandonment in her young life that she's full of fear. It's also the empowering story of a teenage girl who wants to break out of the overprotective shell she's been wrapped up in all of her life.

I really liked how a character with a disability is treated just like everyone else, because she totally is. As well as how people reacted differently to her, and how it affected her. This is such a deep and well-written novel. It seriously is.

Run is an awesome book. It's super fun. It's sweet. It's sad. It's happy. It's about taking risks. But ultimately it's a story about the ups and downs of growing up in a small town, and an unlikely friendship between two very different girls that took me on a bittersweet road trip. I really enjoy stories where a deep and strong friendship is the core of everything.

Oh, and I loved Utah! She was so cute.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Run, September 2016, ISBN 9781444932706, Hodder Children's Book

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