Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen



Genre:  Realistic Fiction

# of Pages:  281

RAC Book:  Yes

2010 Iowa Teen Award

Holly writes her story in a diary style format as she escapes from an abusive foster home and goes on the run.  She describes how she travels, finds food, and avoids capture from police.  The life of a runaway is more difficult than many teens probably realize because many shelters will not help you unless you are accompanied by an adult.  As Holly weighs her possible choices, her main focus is always on survival from starvation, bullies, and even the haunting memories of her drug addicted mother who left her in this position.

Life on the street is much harsher than most teens realize and this book accurately describes what it would be like to have to fend for yourself at the age of 12.  The reasons for why Holly chooses to live on the street instead of a foster home are made clear as well as her fears of asking anyone for help.  The details begin to feel a little long at times as the reader waits for things to change for Holly.  The ending is satisfying, albeit a bit too easy after such a difficult journey.  Readers who like journal style entries like in Go Ask Alice will find this interesting.  Also, fans of A Child Called It will enjoy this quick read about a similar topic.

4 Responses to “Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen”

  1. 1 Elliana July 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    think this iss a very touching bookk, i think every person shld try reading thiss.
    Best wishes,

  2. 3 Anonymous March 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    this book is dumb and good at the same time i like its book but some parts r dumb

  3. 4 kaelin February 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    wendelin van draanen i love your book runaway i can kinda understand wat shes going through i love the part she calls herself a stowaway gypsy i love her love for dogs good job on writing the book i love it u got me reading for the frist time useully i dont like reading thank you for the book.:)

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