Friday, July 15, 2011

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Wow, I'm not going to be able to adequately describe how good this book is. The plot sounds like it would be very depressing to read, but honestly, it's a book that will make you appreciate your life while admiring the way the main character faces her challenges. It might be better to just go out and start reading The Running Dream instead of reading about it - this is one book you will NOT regret reading!

Sixteen-year-old Jessica loves to run - and she is very good at it. She's on her school's track team and running is her life.

Then there's an accident when the team is on their way to a track meet. One girl is dead and Jessica ends up losing one of her legs.

Van Draanan is an excellent writer and made me feel the way runners must feel - the wind blowing across my face, legs pumping, and the sheer freedom and adrenaline of it and then...

she made me feel what a prosthetic leg feels like the first time it is fitted to the stump.

However, this story is NOT a downer - it's a story about acceptance and courage and appreciating what you do have. It's a book about romance and friendship and sportsmanship. This story is much more than a story about a plucky athlete who overcomes all obstacles - read this book - it will stay with you for a long time.

1 comment:

  1. This really was brilliant. I have forced it on all the runners I know, and everyone has adored it. Of course, I give readers a box of tissues with it, too. VERY good book.