Review: Run

RunRun by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter—protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and—worst of all—confronting some ugly secrets.

Run is a beautiful story of female friendships and family dynamics. Two very different girls with different family lives – Agnes has always been smothered by her overprotective parents because of her blindness, while Bo is burdened by the infamy of her family name – become great friends. The concept seems pretty simplistic at first, but the story is told in two perspectives and timelines – Agnes telling the past and Bo the present. Presently, Bo is on the run and searching for her father while Agnes is coming along, partly for Bo and partly to be finally free from her home. Through the dual perspectives, we see how these two girls start to gain affection for each other. Agnes learns what she has been missing out on and Bo finds someone who accepts her despite all the malicious rumors around her. It really was sweet to see them become family for each other, even if Bo has a lot of issues about it. She is, understandably, withdrawn but also cares immensely for Agnes, while Agnes adores her and sees in her a reason worth living in her town for. The end is sort of bittersweet, but is delivered with full emotions. Keep the tissues handy for this one.

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