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Run If You Dare

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A teenager's-eye view of parental desperation

What do you do when your dad has a midlife crisis? This is the dilemma of fourteen-year-old Gardner, whose father's been laid off and is now expressing boredom with his life, and even talking to Gardner about leaving the family. Gardner has all along thought he'd like to grow up to emulate his father, whom he has idolized since
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published April 13th 2001)
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Jul 09, 2010 Brynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, nope
This book had all of the elements of a story that I find to be dull: golf, teenage boys checking out teenage girls, teenagers "rediscoverying their potential," father-son stories, and the nice nuclear family going through hard times. Bleah.

This story is about a Gardner, a boy who does nothing with himself all day, and is disappointed in his own lack of interest in all topics from exercise to reading his impossible stacks of library books. On the side, his father is going through a mid-life cris
Sep 08, 2009 Arthur rated it it was amazing
Gardner Dickinson was once a boy destined to become intelligent and prosperous, so was the rest of his entire family. Somewhere falls a love and hate realization for this youth who suddenly felt misguided, and so continues to be the realizer in the farces that his father poses, his father had been coming too close on the brink, extremely too far on the end of his rope. His father wasn’t thinking rationally like other adults. In fact, although it has always been a sophisticated life for Gardner. ...more
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Mar 22, 2013 Maria Inez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dramatic book will have fans thinking. We've all experianced being determined to go somewhere and do something in life,but thinks don't always go as planned. The book illustrates this, making this drama both real and appealing.
In Gardeners home keeping to yourself is normal. So his father spending money he doesn't have, mother working a seasonal job living paycheck to paycheck, and a sister who is sassy and is disappointed in her father. Then there is the main character, Gardener, who does
Jeremy Splix
The book Run If You Dare by Randy Powell was about a boy by the name of Gardner who wanted to be very successful growing up but found it nearly impossible because his father was having a midlife crisis who had just lost his job. He had no one to look up to for advice. I found this book rather boring. It was to much about everyday life for many people. I found it boring because it seemed as if the only things that happened were negative aspects in Gardner’s life. When I read a book, I want it to ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Mason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you one of those people whom action doesn't excite them? Do you need real relatable literature? Then "Run if you Dare" is the book for you. It is about an average American fourteen year old boy named Gardner and his struggles in his home and social life when his dad enters a deep depression. While reading this, I made a ton of connections to my own life. Whether it's trying out for sports, talking to girls, school, family life, or just hanging out with your best friend, you will find somethi ...more
Antoine Deloach
Sep 20, 2011 Antoine Deloach is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book Run If You Dare, is for people who love to read just to read. I state this because there is no type of entertainment happens in this book at all it has all the elements of a boring story. The main character is a teenage boy who loves to read like his father and play golf. Please tell me the fun in him. The one thing I can say good about this boy is the dad is pretty funny to me. Maybe because I find corny people funny. But other than him in this book the book is just terrible. I really ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Lunio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out great, but as it went on and on it kept introducing more new topics. These topics near the end never really filled out and i cant believe i just wasted my time reading it, Its like watching the first 15 mins of a really interesting 30 min tv show and then leaving it and never finding out what happened
Jun 29, 2011 Potassium rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A young adult story about a high school kid dealing with the fact that his dad has been unemployed for months and doesn't seem to be doing anything about it.
I liked this book. I really liked the characters and the main character's search to figure out who he is in general and in relation to his dad. I thought it was kind of inspiring and fun to read.
Ziad Hashem
Jul 17, 2016 Ziad Hashem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would even rate it 6/5 !!!
I will always look at this book as an actual savior because I was so desperate, bored, and in the gloomiest mood but this book kept me entertained and made me laugh my butt off. xD
Jun 15, 2012 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I can't imagine a teen liking this book. There were a few scenes that were interesting, but overall the characters were undeveloped and unlikable.
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I've lived in Seattle all my life -- since 1956. I live here now with my wife, Judy, and our two sons, Eli and Drew. I like the outdoors, books, fresh crab and raw oysters, and rain.

As a kid, I was crazy about sports. All sports. When I wasn't playing the real thing, I was playing some imaginary form of it. I wasn't a great athlete, just obsessed. I peaked when I was eleven. Our little league foot
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