Image of Run


Image of Run

Keplinger’s latest is a great, insightful look into an intense friendship. Readers experience Bo and Agnes’ unlikely — and yet completely relatable — bond firsthand as they tentatively reach out to each other, both outcasts in different ways, and grow to depend upon each other. A shorter read, Keplinger drops us right into the action and delivers the backstory via a flashback timeline. Some may have a little trouble with the setup and ending, which in some ways feels a little convenient and rushed, but in other ways makes total sense when thinking of just how black and white things can be during your teen years.

Bo is on the run, and she’s taken her unlikely and new best friend Agnes along with her. Agnes is ready for the adventure; legally blind, her parents have always held her back, trying to protect her. As the girls flee, we’re treated to flashbacks of how their friendship began in the first place. There are tears, a boy, a dog, a whole lot of small-town stereotypes and more. Will they ever find their way home? (SCHOLASTIC, Jul., 304 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545831130, HC, 14 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Marie Bongiomo