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Run Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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Yes like some reviews state the friendship is a bit instant but in this situation it’s realistic since both of the girls were really lonely and missing something in their lives so it was natural they would attach on to each other. There’s very little romance in this book, it’s mainly a friendship book. I loved the friendship between the two girls and the characters despite them being whiny at some points. I understood Bo’s whininess over Agnes whose whining was about how she had no freedom and her parents always thinking she needed protecting because all Agnes had to do was stand up for herself and Bo was a bit helpless since there wasn’t much she could do about her own situation. The ending was a bittersweet. The call between Bo and Agnes towards the end of the book reminded me of the song “For Good” in the musical “Wicked” that goes “Who can say if I've been changed for the better but because I knew you I have been changed for good.” Because that seemed to be the message of the entire book and their whole friendship. Overall I loved this book. I finished it in a week which considering my busy schedule says lot about it. I went in this book thinking I wouldn’t like it since Kody Keplinger’s books aren’t normally the type of books I like but this one is different and at the level of Deb Caletti. When I read the acknowledgements which I have to be honest and say I never do, it seems like the character Agnes kind of hits home with her so I guess it really is best to write what you know. I hope to see more books like this by the author!
As a romance reader, I'm looking for that impossible love. Because when it's well written, I can feel it as I read it. This book made me want to call up all my girlfriends and tell them I love them. There is huge depth in this book, between two friends from opposite ends of the social scale who find something they need in each other. This book is about risking everything for a friend, because romantic love is great, but friendship is lasting, and finding what you really need to live is freeing.
I wish there were six stars. This book deserves it.
Lots of themes of people being different than others assume and trying to write your own story.
In Mursey, Bo Dickinson is known as one of those Dickinsons – a n’er-do-well, “trailer park trash”, law-breaking family. “…Bo Dickinson wasn’t the girl parents around here wanted their kids hanging out with after school …” Agnes * is legally blind; her parents allow her little of the freedom her older sister Gracie enjoyed. She tells Bo’s cousin Cole “…I want things …” To which he replies “…but you don’t do nothing about it …You act like you’ve done give up …” When Bo joins English class and surprises it with her interpretation of Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Taken”, Agnes begins to change her opinion of Bo. Through circumstances that both girls encounter, the two become unlikely friends. When Bo faces the possibility of having to re-enter the foster care system, the two decide to escape Mursey by “borrowing” Gracie’s car.
Throughout “Run”, Bo provides the background of Agnes’ and her friendship. She never addresses the present moment or the future. She is both the most sympathetic and the most off-putting of the main characters. Agnes narrates the portions of “Run” that focus on current scenarios and on the girls’ flight from Mursey. Her growth as an independent individual is the most dramatic development of the novel. “…Bo had given me a taste of real freedom …”
Targeted at ages 14 and older, “Run” contains raw, rough language and several short passages relating to physical intimacy and sexuality. The “f-word” is used frequently as are various profane terms referencing females. While it probably would not shock or surprise most readers in the target group, parents may prefer less use of profanity in their child’s reading material.
I liked “Run” for the messages it conveyed and because of its personal meaning to me. As an “Agnes”, I made friends with a “Bo” fifty years ago – she remains my truest friend today.
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