Monday, March 21, 2011

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

therunningdreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Pub. Date: January 11th 2011 
Pages: 352
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Bought for Nook 

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

My Thoughts:

I started running when I was in middle school and through out high school until my knee injury prevented me from running competitively. When I found out about the Running Dream I instantly got it on my nook because I can somehow relate. Jess, the main character in the novel, gets into a freak accident coming back home from a track meet where her leg is amputated and another student loses her life. She struggles with the fact that running is no longer in her future. Which from experience that is the most terrible feeling in the entire world. Knowing that your whole world, everything that you have trained for, everything you actually know is pulled out of your reach. She befriends people that her old self would’ve never befriended, she sees things in a different light. The only thing that I find that some people who have not been in this position is that they might think she complains too much, but think about… if you had everything you ever worked for pulled out from under you, wouldn’t you think it was the end of the world too? It’s heart wrenching, her pain is so visible with every paragraph and every struggle that she has trying to get back on track. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good cry or who’s been in a similar position. I give this book 4 out of 5 paws!

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment question of the blog:

Did you ever run in high school? Why did you run? If not, did you play any other sport? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book and think it covers so many important issues inside of a well-done story