Book Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Jessica wakes up in the hospital and discovers that she has lost her limb below the knee.  This is shocking in itself but then she realizes that she will never run again which is her passion.   With the help of her family, best friend and track team, she is able to realize that she is stronger than she thought she was as well as realizes that her problems pale in comparison to what others are going through.

I liked this book for many reasons.  First of all, Jessica is a wonderful character.  She goes through this horrible event in her life and confronts it head on.  She is devastated when she thinks that she cannot run anymore and you really feel for her.  Her determination though peeks through as she wants to do things for herself and makes herself accomplish tasks that she never thought possible.  I also liked that Jessica encounters Rosa who is in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.  Rosa was always “invisible” to her at school but now that they have to sit at the same table in math class, Jessica gets to know her.  Jessica also realizes that her problems may not be as bad as she thought.  This thought-provoking book is well written and I encourage others to pick it up. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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