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Runaway It s a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin than she loved me Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she s had enough She s run away before and always been caught quickly But she s older and wiser now she s twelve and this time she gets away cleanThrough tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story We travel with her across the country hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart as she finally comes to terms with her mother s addiction and death Runaway is a remarkably uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better place in the world, and within herself, to be Runaway By Wendelin Van Draanen is a book I would recommmened to 6th 8th graders I would recomened this book because some people can relate to this Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen is about a girl she is in a foster home and then she is thinking about running away because her foster parents are mean and she just does nt like them What at first feels like an escape soon becomes a daily struggle for survival Holly is smart and resourceful,but how long can this go on for her This book made me Runaway By Wendelin Van Draanen is a book I would recommmened to 6th 8th graders I would recomened this book because some people can relate to this Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen is about a girl she is in a foster home and then she is thinking about running away because her foster parents are mean and she just does nt like them What at first feels like an escape soon becomes a daily struggle for survival Holly is smart and resourceful,but how long can this go on for her This book made me feel sad and happy for her because she gets away from this really bad foster home but she also has to deal with missing her mom and wondering where her parents are I can not relate to Holly because she is really brave to go and be by herself,but she also lost her mom and she can be at a home but she chooses to leave I wanted this book because when I read the summary I was shock and I already fell in love after reading it.I would want you guys to read this book Runaway is another book picked for me at random at the library by my daughter More often than not, she comes up with good stuff That s probably a testament as much to the librarians as it is to my daughter, but still Runaway is a sequel, of sorts, to another book that Van Draanen wrote Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy , but in no way is it necessary to have read that first In fact, I d recommend against reading Sammy Keyes first, as knowing what happens in that book would be spoilers f Runaway is another book picked for me at random at the library by my daughter More often than not, she comes up with good stuff That s probably a testament as much to the librarians as it is to my daughter, but still Runaway is a sequel, of sorts, to another book that Van Draanen wrote Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy , but in no way is it necessary to have read that first In fact, I d recommend against reading Sammy Keyes first, as knowing what happens in that book would be spoilers for this one the two plots overlap Runaway is the story of a preteen orphan named Holly who is put into foster care after living on the streets and experiences some of the awful things that happen in the foster care system Convinced that there s no other way out of the situation, and that no one genuinely wants to help her, Holly enacts a scheme to escape and live on her own Her situation gradually degenerates from there, though she develops considerable resourcefulness and there are occasionally people who show her compassion But she is unable to trust anyone for a long time and usually flees before anyone can really help her she s absolutely and sensibly terrified of getting put back into the foster care system The book is very much touch and go, and there is a lot of tension, because there are often situations where it could develop even worse for her.The book is an interesting read, and it seems to be part cautionary tale you don t ever want to be homeless , part indictment of the foster care system, and part Dickensian style evocation of sympathy for the downtrodden The story is told in the form of journal entries Holly starts to process her feelings in a journal as part of an English class assignment, resentfully at first, and then finds herself really attached to the process It becomes something of a lifeline for her, and she goes through a number of scrapes in the story just to NOT lose her beloved journal Holly is a pretty vivid character, and her development over the course of the book is as touching as her circumstances are horrifying It does end well another way in which it resembles a Dickens novel but it is through no particular effort or virtue on her part She s powerless over her own fate, aside from choosing to trust someone else to help her In that respect, the ending is a good one and well executed But the climax of the book is in stark contrast with the rest of it, because it is resolved very abruptly and without any pre or post explanation of that resolution I m convinced this is because the events are explainedin the other book, and Van Draanen approached it with the idea that anyone reading Runaway would be intimately familiar with the events in Sammy Keyes and so she glosses over them Everyone knows what happens here seems to be the attitude That was my one frustration with the writing of this book Other frustrations arise from the fact that I liked the character so much, and was bothered by stuff left out For instance, Holly doesn t acknowledge her birthday in her journal That s believable, but I still regret that we didn t get to see her process that the way she processes the other holidays without a home or family.While the book is well done, I caution parents to consider carefully before recommending this to their children Make sure that your kids are ready to handle emotional, physical and sexual abuse the sexual abuse is implicit and sexual violence is often hinted at as a concern by Holly , the others are explicit , abandonment, paranoia, homelessness and mental illness before they read this In many ways I would say that the reader should have a comparable maturity as needed for reading The Lord of the Flies before reading this book I really liked this book beacuse the reader was able to get into the mind of character The author does this well by using 1st person narrative I also like that the book was written in diary from because it made me fee closer to the character I found it interestng how the chracter refered to herself as a sea gypse sp instead of a homeless girl In the book the character also says how much he hates doing certain things when she really likes them such as writing poetry The character also seem I really liked this book beacuse the reader was able to get into the mind of character The author does this well by using 1st person narrative I also like that the book was written in diary from because it made me fee closer to the character I found it interestng how the chracter refered to herself as a sea gypse sp instead of a homeless girl In the book the character also says how much he hates doing certain things when she really likes them such as writing poetry The character also seems to lie to herself alot in order to hide her true feelings This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I just happened to randomly start reading this book a few months ago After reading about 60 pages into it, I knew I would HAVE to finish it Holly, the main character, has a powerful voice and instantly makes you pay attention She s twelve years old, but I initially thought she was at least sixteen This makes sense though since Holly has been through mountains of problems and has had to mature quickly She s been in and out of foster homes for years ever since her mother died of a drug overdo I just happened to randomly start reading this book a few months ago After reading about 60 pages into it, I knew I would HAVE to finish it Holly, the main character, has a powerful voice and instantly makes you pay attention She s twelve years old, but I initially thought she was at least sixteen This makes sense though since Holly has been through mountains of problems and has had to mature quickly She s been in and out of foster homes for years ever since her mother died of a drug overdose She s got a hard shell Often rejecting help from those who are genuinely kind because she s used to the evil that she s encountered At the start of the novel she s living with the Benders who s cruelty is heart wrenching In less than 25 pages, I was floored by the wickedness of them and rooting for Holly to leave Which she does, all the way across America Holly s extremely intelligent about what to do and how to do it to truly escape and stay hidden And the reader is privileged to see the three dimensional Holly because the entire story is also her journal that she faithfully keeps along the way She s writing it to the teacher who gave it to her as a class assignment before she ran away, which adds another layer of depth to the plot Along Holly s journey she has to come to terms with what she has lost and what she really wants to be loved, protected, and to have a family What fascinated me is that, unlike other books, I had NO idea where this story would take me I couldn t even speculate on how it would end When I did get to the end, it seemed a little rushed and lackluster Since the entire book she s running from Child Protection Services, I thought it would have beenclimactic for her to have had to deal with them in the end But otherwise, it was a satisfying read that I would recommend because, in spite of the ending, it was the journey that mattered the most

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