Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Run by Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Goodreads Summary: 
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 more deeply than anything else. But when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she's ever had to make. Run, or stay?

Rating: 4 Stars
Review: 
Sure, I loved this book on a whole, the characters, plot, all of it. But there was one paragraph in the book which I couldn't do anything but laugh at. It's the one quote I took from this book, such a good one though. I re-read it many times, read it to friends, posted it on social media, and I'm still not done with it, which is why it has taken up the entire first paragraph of my review. If you would like to read the quote (which contains some swearing), it is at the bottom of the review. :)

Run is the story of two girls, almost complete opposites in their society, yet they manage to become best friends. The chapters weren't just alternating POVs, told in first person by the girls, they also switched from past to present. The layout reminds me of prompt writing, and I envision the prompt being something along the lines of "write a story told from alternating POVs, each chapter switching POV and from past to present, vice versa". While this could turn into an absolute train wreck, Kody Keplinger managed it well.

Agnes and Bo remind me of siblings, specifically twins. Not the stereotypical ones that are either exactly the same or complete opposites, but two people who have enough similarities to be family, and many differences, not necessarily opposites. They have very different pasts, which leads them onto two parallel, almost opposite paths to their futures. For both of them, it includes accepting that their dreams won't always be reality.

I really like how the end of each chapter fits perfectly into the start of another. For example, from Bo's POV (the present), the chapter ended with a fight, and the start of Agne's POV (the past) recounted another time when they fought. The last few chapters link the past to the very beginning of the story, which is a very skillful move from the author. The ending definitely wasn't a HEA for either of the girls, which I am happy with. They both have a difficult time, and in the end I think they are rewarded fairly.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from Hachette NZ in exchange for an honest review~
Edition:
Paperback
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Quotes: 'And when I look back at him, the only words I can manage sure ain't poetry. "F**k you."'
Recommended for: Fans of YA Contemporary books.


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