Teenage Morgan has spent her life running, from emotional abuse, from relationships, from trust and love. When she starts physically running, she experiences a sense of freedom that speaks to her and the reality of her life.
This story grips you from the beginning paragraph and does not let go until the final words. It is a tale about the painful experiences of life and what they do to us inside, sometimes buried so deep we can't touch them until extraordinary experiences of love, and acceptance bring a sense of safety, belonging and trust that enables one to let go, face the truth and go forward. There is romance, adventure, tragedy, and reconciliation that will keep you involved throughout this story.
Stunning! I have recalled parts of this book days after finishing it; the twists in the storyline were rather unexpected. In addition to all the rugged twists and turns, this story expertly explored an age-old wonder: What will my life end up like? Where does, and where will, my family relationships fit into the puzzle?
Although I am a little bit past my “young” years, I thoroughly enjoyed traveling out of my life now and reminiscing about my thoughts and feelings and connections when I was the age of Morgan, the main character. Morgan drew me in with her bold yet slightly innocent and limited point of view. Because this book is so well written however, I was able to relate quite well to the views of the other characters also. Ultimately, Morgan’s understanding as a result of partial loss of childhood innocence was encouraging and inspirational.
I was hooked right from the beginning.
I wondered what I could possibly relate to on a book about running, but quickly realized it was much more than that. Morgan loves to run, and is good at it, but it's why she's running that draws you in. Running is her escape from a strained relationship with her parents, the cousins she is forced to spend her summer with, and something in her past that she doesn't quite understand.
I laughed, I squirmed, I cried, and I cheered Morgan on during her summer of adventures. Most of all, I found that I could relate after all: the emotions of a teenage girl, the large, crazy extended family, the realization that what you believe of others is not always true, understanding and experiencing the hand of God in our lives, and the feeling of wanting to run away from everything.
My only complaint is that I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters; I want to know what comes next!
JoLyn does a great job of capturing teen-age issues in this book. But, poor Morgan had quite a few. Her parents are shipping her off to the small town where her aunt, uncle and crazy cousins live. Morgan lived there too, when she was younger, but doesn't remember the sad events that took place before her parents left. At first Morgan's attitude about her circumstances make it worse for her, but as time goes on, she realizes how much she needs to be where she's at. I really, really liked this book and I found that I didn't want it to end. I appreciated where the author went with the story and I loved the relationships that develop. A tragedy occurred when Morgan was young that she has blocked out, and I loved the journey she takes to help herself and her parents heal. The characters are strong and the story reads quick and is very well written. I look forward to more from this author.
JoLyn Brown captures the angst of teenagers well in this book. Morgan is a sixteen-year-old girl who has just discovered a love of running. She has a lot of issues with her over-bearing mother and absentee father. When Morgan is left with her six boy cousins for the summer, it seems like it couldn't be worse, but it ends up changing her life.
The story weaves in an element of mystery and lots of questions which keeps the reader turning pages to find out how Morgan will deal with the answers to her questions. I found that Morgan cries a lot over everything which is semi-typical of emotional teenage girls but got a bit tiresome for my personal preference. Brown does a great job of setting up realistic scenes of various ages of kids interacting together. Terrific job on making the reader feel Morgan's need to run in an emotional and physical sense.
This novel's main character is religious and I appreciated the references to her working out her own faith through prayer and thought. For her debut novel, Brown has made an excellent first run.
JoLyn Brown's Run is a fast moving story about a young girl Morgan who loves to run. The story is quick-paced and keeps your interest. Morgan isn't just running because she loves to, she feels pulled to run. As the story develops, Morgan begins to realize that she has been running from her past and that she is also running towards her future. The conflict with her parents, cousins, classsmates, aunt and uncle help to build the climax of the story. Keep the tissues close by, your heartstrings will be pulled and you will fall in love with Morgan and her family. You will smile, laugh and cry as you cheer for Morgan to RUN and never quit!
Morgan is a typical sixteen-year-old girl dealing with high expectations from her parents and confusion over a certain cute boy on the track team. Her frustrating life soon takes another twist for the worse when her parents send her to rural Utah for the summer to live with her Aunt and Uncle. She quickly learns the dangers and chaos of living with her six cousins (all boys!) and begins an emotional journey of discovering the secrets from her family's past.
Every girl can relate to Morgan and the stress of parents, school, and boys - and that is one of my favorite things about her in this book. She feels real!! Morgan finds herself getting emotional and unsure of her place, something that we all experience in our families and social circles. She has to restructure her former judgements and beliefs about her parents, cousins, and friends - and that change of thinking can be so hard!
Alongside Morgan are wonderful characters including her supportive Aunt and Uncle, the crazy cousins, and one of my favorites - the lovable neighbor Sammy. They all help Morgan get through the dreaded summer and you'll come to love the experiences that they share.
The author, JoLyn Brown, does a wonderful job of developing the characters, helping you understand and love them, and creating a fantastic storyline that entraps you with adventure, emotions, and love. You'll laugh and cry, cheer and boo, and thoroughly enjoy this tale of Morgan's summer journey.
A Five Star read for me!
Stand & Shine Magazine