Saturday, August 21, 2010

Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen

Title:  Runaway 
Author:  Wendelin Von Draanen
Genre:  Young Adult 
Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date:  September 2006 
ISBN:  0-375-83522-9 
Stand alone or series:  Stand Alone
Pages:  245 
Book Received from:  Bought 
First Lines:  It's cold.  It's late.  I'm trapped in here, trying to sleep under this sorry excuse for a blanket, and I've just got to tell you - you don't know squat.

Holly's run away before, but this time she actually gets away—and what feels like an escape at first soon becomes a daily struggle for survival. She is smart and resourceful, and she manages to make it all the way across the country on her own. But how long can this go on? It's getting harder and harder to avoid the truth of it all—Holly is now homeless.
RUNAWAY is a riveting portrait of a girl just young and stubborn and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better place in the world to be.
My Thoughts
This cover caught my eye while I was shopping online, and a quick read had me interested so I bought it.
Runaway is the story of Holly a 12 year old girl who runs away from her fosterhome and is told through her journal entries to her teacher.
Even though at the beginning I thought Holly was a bit of a whinger I was still captivated by what was going on and wanted to find out where this is headed.  The further along in the story I got, the more I liked Holly and felt sorry for her.  The vulnerability of the character showed through in Draanen's writing and made this easy to imagine a 12 year old girl going through.
Great Read!

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