Review: Run by Kody Keplinger



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.


What an incredible story! An unforgettable friendship between two girls, both looking for a different kind of freedom.

No matter what happens from here, I’m with her.

Bo and Agnes are two completely different girls, both suffocating due to their families, and their reputation. Bo’s family, the Dickinsons, are considered a bad lot. They’re the source of gossip in town, because always getting in trouble. Bo is slut shamed more often than not, her mom uses drug, and has already been arrested once. Agnes, on the other hand, is the good girl; she goes to church, she doesn’t party, she basically does nothing, because being blind, her parents are a bit overprotective. No one expected the two of them to become friends; I mean what could they have in common? Well, more than you’d think.

It had been creeping up on me for a while, this feeling of being caged. But you don’t always know something is choking you until it’s already too tight and can’t breathe real well.

Agnes hasn’t found her voice yet, but she just wants freedom. She’s been blind all her life, so although her parents’ protectiveness is understandable, it’s also overwhelming. She just wants to be a girl, not a blind girl. She wants to have fun, meet boys, go to college; all things she’s missing out on. While Bo is actually trying to not live up to her family’s name. She wants to be loved, she wants a real friendship. She’s bisexual, but since she’s always been called a slut, coming out is too scary, because what would people say then? She just wants the freedom to be herself. The freedom both girls are looking for only comes from running. And that’s what they do.

And even though I almost lost my balance a few times, Bo never told me to get down. She just kept her hands close. Not gripping, not clinging. Just close. Ready to catch me if I started to fall.

I’ve read some of Keplinger’s books, which I really liked, but I think it’s incredible what a quality improvement she went through with this one. Run is such a heartfelt story, much more challenging than the other ones she wrote about. I won’t forget it anytime soon.



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