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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  3,019 ratings  ·  381 reviews
"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me."

Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She's run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now--she's twelve--and this time she gets away clean.

Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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I really liked this book beacuse the reader was able to get into the mind of character. The author does this well by using 1st person narrative. I also like that the book was written in diary from because it made me fee closer to the character. I found it interestng how the chracter refered to herself as a sea gypse(sp?) instead of a homeless girl. In the book the character also says how much he hates doing certain things when she really likes them such as writing poetry. The character also seem ...more
Shane M
Imagine living your entire life without a house or someone to trust. That is how 12 year old Holly lives her life on the road.
The genre of Runaway is realistic fiction.
I liked this book a lot because it talks about an adventure & a amazing journey.

The setting of my book is wherever Holly decides to travel, like LA and Nevada. It takes place in the present. This is important because it makes the story less fictional because people can relate. All Holly really wanted was just a family and a
Joe B.
Joe Bricker
Reading/L.A. Book Review 8
28 January 2011
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
“It’s never too late- in fiction or in life- to revise.” This quote from Nancy Thayer describes this book. In Runaway, by Wendelin Van Draanen, Holley Janquel is a runaway. A minor who has left the care of an adult. In the beginning of this realistic fiction book, Holly receives a journal from her teacher, Ms. Leone, who instructs her to write down her feelings. Holly’s mother and father have d
Harold Ogle
Runaway is another book picked for me at random at the library by my daughter. More often than not, she comes up with good stuff. That's probably a testament as much to the librarians as it is to my daughter, but still...

Runaway is a sequel, of sorts, to another book that Van Draanen wrote (Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy), but in no way is it necessary to have read that first. In fact, I'd recommend against reading Sammy Keyes first, as knowing what happens in that book would be spoilers f
Runaway By: Wenddelin Van Draanen.
This story is about a foster girl, she lives with her foster parents who make her sleep in the laundry room when shes a "bad girl"
After her foster dad shoves her head in the toilet and flushes several times, shes had enough.
She runaway.
Read this book to find out the type of horror and fear she faces.
All she wants is a good family and house to love and live in.
Is that too much to ask?
I guess it is when your mother died bc of heroin.
Read this book to find out if
Olivia Gonzales
Olivia Gonzales
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Goodreads Review no. 2 - Runaway

Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen is the powerful story of a young girl named Holly Janquell who has been deemed “unadoptable” and constantly runs away from her foster homes. When she faces some cruel events in one of them, she runs away to the western beaches, calling herself a “sea gypsy” as she dislikes the word homeless.
Throughout all of her experiences Holly keeps a journal that her teacher told her to write in at the beginning of th
Holly runs away after being mistreated by her foster family. She doesn’t have a specific destination, just southwest. Holly is always on the run, so she can never stop to settle down anywhere. Holly keeps track of her entire experience through her journal; in it she is writes to her old teacher Mrs. Leone. This book made me think about how good I have it. In this book Holly had to steal and lie to survive. She also had to go a couple days without food. Holly had a very difficult journey, survivi ...more
Twelve year-old's Holly's life is horrific, to say the least. Her father died before she was born. Her mother was a drug addict who OD'd. Her current set of step parents routinely lock her in the basement and flush her head in the toilet. And she can deal with all of that, but when her stepfather refuses to stop touching her, she decides to runaway, this time for good. She travels across the country, stowing away in bus cargo holds and trains, sleeping in parks, libraries and shelters, hoping to ...more
The main reason why i chose this book is becuase it is in a journaling formal i feel reading book in this kind of format are really really intresting. this book was amazing and really gave me a differnt view on homeless people becuase i never had mercey for them i just felt that there were all drunks and drug addicts and this book really changed my thinking for the good. the main character is a bitter teenager but theres a reason for that she has been in and out of abusive homes shes practicly b ...more
Elma Radoncic
This book was about how a young girl is being mistreated by her foster parents. She lives with a creepy old perverted freak, and a women who thinks that she is from a juvenile delinquency. She sleeps on a blanket on the floor, and she ha no pillow, no bed, and no freedom to do anything. Her foster parents treat like a stranger, not even strangers, because they don't even give her enough food to eat.And poor Holly is being accused of activities that she didn't do. Holly had enough, She is going ...more
The book "Runaway" by Wendelin Van Draanen is written in the format of journal entries. These entries are written by an orphan, Holly. Her foster parents abuses her by locking her in the laundry room for days and sticking her head in the toilet when she tries to defend herself. When Holly can no longer take the abuse, she runs away. Throughout this book, Holly writes about how and what she does to survive being homeless or what she calls "being a gypsy".
This book was great. It showed me what hom
Dec 21, 2008 ™yourbeautifulnightmaree™ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deffinentaly 10 or older
this is one of my ALL-TMIE favorite books.
this book is about a girl, and she is kinda of lost in the world, and has no say what-so-ever of where she is. She is in foster care, but her "care-takers" are not the best. They are mean, and brutl to her. She ends up running away from them , and meeting all sorts of people, and running into all sortds of trouble. This book taught me so much becuase, this young girl was living in a box, but she still had hope, and she didnt complain, sometmies she has t
I loved reading this book. I read it a while ago. Right now I am reading The Running Dream-by Wendelin Van Draanen. I was surprised to find out that this book is by the same author.
Dec 09, 2011 Yuseyz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls, poetry lovers, sammy keyes fans
Recommended to Yuseyz by: My BFF and sammt keyes fan
Runaway by Wendelin van Draanen, is about one of the supporting characters in Sammy Keyes. Holly. She is introduced in the third book, Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy. I really enjoyed her character and wanted to read more about her so i read Runaway. I loved her poetry. What really interested me was that the author stowed away and 'researched' while writing her book. Talk about first-hand experience!
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen is a realistic fiction that can bring you to tears or make you want to smash a window. Runaway is like a hidden gem amongst the library because it isn’t very well-known with just being on the Lone Star Book List 2007-08. It’s so real that you feel like you’re the one living through what’s happening.

“July 4th
I’ve decided this is all your fault, Ms. Leone. I’ve run away before, you know, but I never stowed away or jumped on trains or broke into buildings, I just ran
My eighth grader read this book from the school library, and recommended it to me. I always enjoy reading books my girls enjoy, as it helps give me insight into their inner lives. I'd recently recommended a book to her, and she didn't like it -- hmmmm .... observations made, more learned :)

Anyway, "Runaway" to Wendelin Van Draanen is not a "light" book. It's about Holly, a homeless 12-year-old (yeah, I know. The beginning of this month was pretty pitiful-tween heavy with my reading!).

"It's a col
heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time
The story of how Holly escapes her foster home in pursue of herself and of her dreams, all her adventures filled with courage and raw feelings. She slowly learns how to trust again until she is able to meet a friend that will help her find the meaning of a true home and belonging
Cassie Felix
All-time favorite book from my childhood. I read this when I was in fourth grade and connected to Holly on a personal level so deep it was crazy. The very first book I purchased with my own money and definitely not a book I regret picking up. I can recite most of it from memory now, but I still reread it whenever I need to get out of a reading slump. It always helps. Holly's story is powerful, and her narration is brutal but honest and it is something I always loved about her character. Plus, th ...more
Nicole Debruyn
I thought this book was really good, but it could have been better. It's really different than other books because it was a journal. She was a foster child because her mother died. She was treated really badly by her foster family. She also doesn’t like her teacher at school.

Her teacher assigned a project for the students and it was to write a journal. As you can probably tell from the title, she does runaway. The whole time you also need to remember that she is talking to her teacher the whol
I read this book back when I was in high-school and I'm so glad I found out who wrote it. I've been looking for it again, because of how this book touched me. I cried and I laughed (mostly cried though).

It's one of those books, for me anyway, that long after I've read it, I'll be sitting thinking about nothing really and suddenly vivid details and moments from this book come back to me and I'm back in this story all over again. And the entire time I'll be wishing I could help her, or I would ju
Barton Hills Sixth Grade
this book is awesome with sad parts but when you get further into the book it makes you think how smart she is its a really good book:ozzy

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was a book that could not have been better written without changing the plot. I have not met a single person that does not like this book. It’s about a girl whose mom died and she never saw her dad so she was given to several families to grow up but she is so bad they all gave her back. So now she lives with this really mean fa
Sophia Regan
This book was so good, I couldn't put it down! I would recommend it somebody who loves sad and depressing books, touching the topics. Of neglect and abuse
Runaway was a very honest book. A little sad, and a bit scary thinking about how much a 12 year has gone through. It's a cold, cruel world we live in, but you can survive. Hold on because it'll get better one day.
She goes through Stuff we "normals" couldn't even imagine. Holly starts out leaving because she is sick of yet another foster home, but as she goes through it it's no longer just an escape. She has to find a way to survive. Meeting new, unique characters, going through different emotio
Billie Snyper plunkett
Daughter and I both read this book! Great lesson on life and appreciation!
Homaira Za
Jul 29, 2015 Homaira Za rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone tired of manipulative, unconvincing protagonists in YA fiction
Recommended to Homaira by: Nashat Zaman
Shelves: children-s
It's a rare treat to stumble upon a young-adult protagonist with such an authentic voice. The author is neither a homeless nor foster care alumna, but you wouldn't know that from reading this book. Van Draanen makes the reader believe in a lone 12-year-old's survival in the urban "wilderness," so to speak - complete with stowing away crosscountry in the luggage compartment of a Greyhound bus, sneaking into a homeless shelter with a stranger who could pass for a "mom," and the legendary oxymoron ...more
Sarah Allred
This book is about a girl named Holly. She writes in a journal everyday that her English teacher gave her before she ran away. Her parents died when she was younger, she has been in the foster system ever since. The last foster house she went to pushed her over the edge and that's why she ran away. She went all the way across the country to California! She met many mean people on the way, that's why she kept heading that way. Once she was to California she met a nice family and lived the rest of ...more
Annabelle Ng
"I'd rather defend myself against a man with a stick than a social worker with good intentions."

Runaway brings us to a journal written by 12 year old Holly, as she accounts on being a homeless kid running away from abusive foster families and social services. I don't know why I keep picking up books written in The Diary Format when I so clearly am not a fan of it. But to be fair, Runaway is a decent read that subtly questions morality, society and loneliness using the voice of a 12 year old.
Mr. Z
Holly is a bitter and abused teenager on the run from a life lacking loving parents and full of neglect. Her mother was an unfortunate victim of drugs, but even more unfortunate has been the ill effects her mother's absence has created in Holly's life.

I'm sure there are many teenagers out there who feel like running away. Do you really want to know what it's like? If so, you can follow Holly's story. I think you'll find that no matter how bad you think you have it at home, it could be worse. You
Laurysa Duran
Jan 20, 2009 Laurysa Duran rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
Recommended to Laurysa Duran by: Woolven
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Van Draanen was born in Chicago, Illinois. One of her early influences was Dandelion Wine . According to the author, the book was "about the magic of growing up and [it] reminded me of all the wonderful mischief my brothers and I got into when we were young." Bradbury's work inspired Van Draanen to write How I Survived Being a Girl, which was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Other early influe ...more
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