Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Posted June 23, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment Tags:

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I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Run by Kody KeplingerRun by Kody Keplinger
Published by Scholastic on 2016-06-28
Genres: Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: ALAMW
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four-stars

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.

I love Kody Keplinger and that she isn’t afraid to tackle topics that others may shy away from. This book wasn’t always easy to read but I loved it. I love friendship books and this one was a great read. I hope you’ll give it a try if you also love friendship books.

The absolute best thing about this book is that it really addresses how we deal with people with disabilities, rumors, gossip, and stereotypes. This book takes a lot of what you thought you knew about those things and really makes you think about them again in a new way. And even if you didn’t think you could love these characters in the beginning of the book, I promise you’ll be feeling all kinds of things for them by the end. They own who they are and make no apologies and I love characters like that. Especially female ones.

Agnes and Bo form an unlikely friendship and I loved watching how it changed them as the story progressed. I won’t give anything away because I also think the way the story is told adds a lot to the reading experience but I thought it was wonderful and interesting and unlikely and perfect for the moment in time that it took place. I love reading about relationships in books that help the characters become who they are meant to be. I think when that happens in real life, it’s magical and I love reading about those moments in books as well.

Like I said earlier, though, this book isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Both girls deal with some difficult issues along the way. So don’t pick this up thinking it’ll be a fun summer friendship book. I’ve also seen it compared to Thelma & Louise and while I’m not sure I’d really call it that, I can see why. But I do think it’s one of Keplinger’s better books. It moved right up to the top behind The DUFF for me. And I love it because it also makes you come face to face with an uncomfortable situation and really makes you think about your feelings towards blind and poor people and how you may treat them without even knowing them.

I really hope you guys will pick this book up and read it. I flew through it in on sitting because I simply had to know what was going to happen to the girls. It really almost turns into a sort of thriller by the end with all of the built up suspense and I loved it. I am slightly disappointed that they changed the cover because I liked the first one more and think it represents the book better than the new one. But nobody asked me so we just have to live with it. If you’re a Keplinger fan, you definitely need to read this one. If you love friendship books, you definitely need to read this. And if you love stories about characters finding each other, learning about themselves, being strong, and finally finding where they belong, you will love this book too.

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