Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream is about 16 year old Jessica, who loses her foot in an accident that occurs while returning from a track meet. This is especially devastating to Jessica, because running is her life. Without a foot, it is a struggle for her to relearn how to walk, let alone run again. Hope comes in the form of her track team and a math genius named Rosa who has cerebral palsy, and with their help the impossibility of living a normal life seems possible. The story follows Jessica through sad yet beautiful time in her life, and she learns to look beyond disabilities, both her own and others', to see the people behind them.

The Running Dream was a fantastic read. The characters were realistic, and their hopes and worries brought them to life. The author very effectivly portrayed the emotions of Jessica's tradgedy, and had me so thankful for two feet by the time I finished the book. I learned a lot about prosthetic limbs while visiting "Hankenstein," who made her fake foot, with Jessica, and I also gained appreciation for how hard it must be to have cerebral palsy. The Running Dream was a lot different from Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes series; it seemed to be geared to a older audience and did not contain as much humour. There were, however, laughs along the way, and I would definitly recommend The Running Dream to anyone who likes realistic fiction and wants an thought provoking story that will change the way you think about your two feet forever.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: , Pennsylvania USA