Review: Run – Kody Keplinger

RunBo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and an alcoholic mom. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never stayed out past ten p.m., never gone on a date and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally-blind daughter, but Agnes isn’t quite sure what they are protecting her from.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs more deeply than anything else. But when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she’s ever had to make. Run, or stay?

I decided to read Run because it was about becoming an independent person, and focussed on friendship.

This book is #ownvoices for legally blind representation.

The characters in this book felt so real. Christy was such an awful person. Ugh! I couldn’t stand her. She acted so holy about everything she was doing, and seemed to think she was a great person for allowing Agnes to be in her life. Agnes’ parents controlled Agnes a lot as well, and didn’t seem to think she could do much alone. I was so happy that Agnes became more confident in herself through her friendship with Bo, and that Bo didn’t act as though Agnes couldn’t do anything by herself.

The chapters are told in alternating perspectives: Bo’s and Agnes’. There are time jumps between the chapters, which were confusing at the beginning but also made me more invested in the story, as I wanted to understand how the earlier events influenced the latter events, and what had happened in between.

The ending was so sudden. Like seriously, I was so confused by it and quite disappointed. It kind of took away all the momentum and I felt like there the issues weren’t resolved properly.

Ableist words are used and not challenged.

I thought that Run was an okay book. I expected more from the ending.

2 stars

Have you read Run? What did you think of the different perspectives and the way time is handled?

4 thoughts on “Review: Run – Kody Keplinger

  1. I remember liking it, but I can’t remember many details about it! I do remember thinking/hoping it would focus more on Bo’s bisexuality and being disappointed it didn’t.


  2. Wow, 2 stars is quite low! I got this as a birthday gift years ago but haven’t read it yet 😦 If you say it has multiple perspectives, then I might use it for that prompt for one of my challenges…


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