Review : “The Running Dream By: Wendelin Van Draanen”


What would you do if you lost the one thing that mattered most? This book is realistic fiction. I thought this book was amazing! The structure of this book was very helpful to understand how the main character changed from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. The book is made into four sections.

The main character is a 16 year old girl named Jessica. She’s a runner on her school’s track team and while going to a relay race her team ends up in a bus accident which make her lose one of her legs. She will be able to walk again but she’s afraid she might not be able to run.Her friend Fiona and coach Kyro get the team to help her run again. The setting is mostly at her high school called Liberty High . The conflict is person vs self because he has ups and downs trying to adjust back into her life .

A major event that changed the character was the accident because she was very sad and depressed afterwards .This made it hard to read the begining because of how sad she was .The main character’s motivation were her friends,Rosa a girl with cerebral palsy and her team because they gave her hope.

My favorite part of the book was when Jessica met Rosa because she helped change Jessica’s life around with her advice. The book also helped you see the point of view that other disabled mentally or physically people feel not just Jessica. The point of view of the story is first person which is very simple to see when you are reading the book.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it was one of those books that start out sad but then turn happy at the end, but was a very good book. I love these types of books dont get me wrong and i loved her writing it just went in an instant to crazy amounts of emotions. I would recommend The Running Dream to people who love to read young adult or realistic fiction



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