Teen Fiction

Run

When Supermom joins Dad on his latest project, sixteen-year-old Morgan is left with her aunt. Instead of dating the cute boy from her high school track team, Morgan will spend the summer in a small town near Kanab, Utah, five hours from home and all of her friends. Her plan is to keep a sane distance between herself and her aunt’s six boys. What Morgan doesn't expect is being attracted to the neighbor kid who hangs out with her cousins. How can she like two guys at the same time?

Just when her life couldn't get more messed up, Morgan stumbles across an abandoned house and learns she lived there when she was small. The house and its secrets haunt her—it turns out she’s been dreaming about the place for years. All she wants is to hold onto what she loves. But as the summer passes, she wonders if she’s going to lose everything. 


Reviews for Run: 


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 judgments 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!

Marci Preece

Contemporary stories don't usually rank high on my recommended reads list, but there is the occasional one I truly enjoy. This book makes the list.

With an emphasis on the importance of family, honesty (with oneself and others), and navigating ones place in the world, this story takes us into the head of a young woman who feels entirely abandoned by her parents. I was outraged right along with Morgan when Mom and Dad decided to dump her for a summer, and ready to slug her jerky cousin when he began teasing her. I was hopeful for her blooming romantic relationships, and overjoyed by the release running brought her. I was taken by surprise, truly pleased by the way the story played out, and happy with how her relationships evolved.

The cast of imperfect characters is highly loveable and engaging. Each is unique and you'll find yourself thinking, "Oh yeah, I totally know someone like that."

My only gripe with the story is that I wanted it to keep going. I wanted a glimpse into the future, although the author leaves plenty of room for reader speculation. After all, the story only covers one summer of Morgan's life.

All in all, this is one I would hand off to my daughter with no hesitation. Highly recommended.

Crystal Collier
Author of Maiden of Time Series

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