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Author: Kody Keplinger
Genre: Young Adult
‘Run’ focuses on the friendship between Agnes and Bo – two very different girls who both want to get out of their small town ‘Mursey.’ Agnes is a native and guarded young girl suffering from partial blindness, causing her parents to be very protective of her, leading to Agnes feeling trapped. Bo is a free-spirited but troubled teen, whose mother is an addict, leaving Bo wanting the protection and concern that Agnes gets from her parents. The girls form a rock-solid friendship and decide to go on the run, to get out of their small town. Alternating from Bo’s point of view in the present, and Agnes’ point of view of the past, the story focuses on the impact of family relationships, religion, and friendship on a young person’s life.
An interesting aspect of this book was that there were no clear antagonists. There was no one person who was clearly the ‘bad guy.’ Instead there are understandable characters with flaws. All the characters can annoy you at times, due to an aspect of their personality. Agnes can annoy you for her lack of understanding towards her parents; Bo can annoy you for her ‘me against the world’ attitude; Christy can annoy you due to her self-centered character; Agnes’ parents can annoy you for their over protective nature and so on. I, personally, like this aspect of the book, as it is truer to life than having a clear ‘baddie.’ In life people are not merely good or bad, people are complex, they have good and bad sides, and people tend to argue over personality clashes rather than behavior. It was also refreshing to have a bisexual character in a book, and it not be the main focus. Quite often in books, if there is a LGBT character, then it becomes the primary focus of the novel, in Run, however, Bo’s sexuality is mentioned throughout, but not deeply focused on, and this is partly due to the narrative structure, as we read from the point of view of Bo and Agnes, who wouldn’t see it as something that needs much focus.
Another noteworthy aspect of the book, was its focus on friendship rather than romance. There was an element of romance in the novel, but it was very much a sub plot – if it wasn’t in the book, it wouldn’t make a difference to the story. The focus was very much on the platonic love between the two female characters and their admiration of each other. I loved the focus on the strong friendship between the two female characters, devoid of any bitchiness – refreshing when contrasted with the countless amounts of books that have the female characters bitching about their friend – girls generally like their friends y’all!
Overall this was an enjoyable book focusing on the strong friendship between two admirable, yet flawed, young women as they face the trials and tribulations of growing up in an isolated and religious town. One thing about the book though, is that the actual plot itself is lacking, the story lacks any real ‘oomph.’ The book solely relies on the characters to carry it, and you check into the book because you want to see how the characters progress rather than wanting to see what happens next in the story. Therefore, if you’re looking for a book with an enticing and exciting plot, then this isn’t the book for you, but if you are looking for a book with complex characters and strong relationships, then this is the book for you.