07. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books · Tags:

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, read by Angie, on 01/06/2013

Jessica was a star track athlete with everything going for her. Then there was an bus accident when they were coming back from a meet. One student was killed and Jessica lost her leg. Jessica’s running days are over. You can’t be a track star with only one leg. But her team does not accept that and they pledge to raise the $20,000 needed for a special running leg. Jessica is determined to walk and run again.

I don’t know if I was really emotional when I read this book or what but it definitely got to me. I will freely admit that I got teary-eyed several times (and I don’t get that way over books). There was just something about this story that really did me in. I will admit that there is a Lifetime movie aspect to this book, but it was a really good Lifetime movie! Jessica is what I would expect a girl in her situation to be like. She is sad, depressed, angry and defeated. But she does find her purpose and her spirit again. I really enjoyed her friends and how devoted to her they were and her family was great. I would definitely read this book if you want something to tug at your heartstrings.

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