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Outrunning The Darkness (Urban Underground #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, self esteem, teen relationships, unrequited love. Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertai...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Saddleback Educational Publishing, Inc. (first published February 29th 2000)
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Kamryn ( ;
The protagonist in this book is Jaris Spain. He has had a crush on Sereeta Prince since junior high. His feelings for her now are growing even stronger. But he feels like she never notices him. He feels like he’s invisible to her. When she finally does notice him and he tries to talk to her, she doesn’t really listen. Then right when he was trying to make his move Marko Lane called her over and they kissed. Jaris realized they were dating and his heart sank. But he wasn’t going to give up. He ke...more
Fans of the Bluford High series will enjoy this series by one of the Bluford authors, Anne Schraff writer of Lost and Found, Until We Meet Again, The Bully, A Matter of Trust, and Secrets in the Shadows. Outrunning the Darkness is the first in a new series called Urban Underground, which will catch teens with its dark covers featuring ethnic teens. Like Bluford, the students of Tubman high school face the same teenage problems. In Outrunning the Darkness, Jaris Spain struggles with keeping up hi...more
Shaylan Figueroa
This book a for the people who love a little romance and catches a sense that can relate to you and your life. As Jaris Spain tries to outrun the darkness of his life, trying to get good grades in school, chasing the girl of his dreams, and dealing with problems at home. I feel this book will catch your eye and make you think about your own life and see if u are outrunning a type of darkness or problem you have. The only thing disappointing about the book was that it was too short. I would have...more
Ghuncha Hoor
Feb 02, 2013 Ghuncha Hoor marked it as to-read
I want to read this book
Katrina Burchett
Jaris Spain is a junior at Tubman High. It might not be the best school in the ‘hood, but Tubman’s not all bad and Jaris attends with his closest friends. Jaris works hard to get good grades and he also has a part-time job. He isn’t always happy with his home life, since he never knows what kind of mood his dad will be in and his parents argue all of the time. Gangs are moving closer to his neighborhood. But there is someone who makes life better, even if she doesn’t know how Jaris really feels...more
Lisa Benenati
High school junior Jaris has hit a rough spot. His parents argue constantly, the girl he loves sees right through him, and he has to work extra hard to achieve the kinds of grades he needs to get into college. Despite these problems, he hangs out with a good crowd of kids, even if his school borders a ghetto. When one of his friends suggests he try out for the school play Jaris is extremely hesitant, but with the encouragement from his father and friends, and the attention of his crush, he begin...more
Joselyn Moreno
My thoughts on this novel is that its great for teens in high school because some may have the same situation as Jaris Spain (main character).This book will help the reader if he or she has this situation and if they do have this same situation the reader will actually finish the novel even if he doesnt really read books, just like myself, i dont like reading but since it was a problem that a lot of teens have in high school i though it would be interesting and it was.The story is basically abou...more
Kendall McDaniel
I thole this is a very good book. lesseon well learned! Some problems in this book is drugs, romance trouble, and violence. The main character of this book is javaris he has been in love with his class mate since the beginning of highschool! He tries to get close to her then he boyfriend to beat up javaris. Then things go wrong with that girl and she decides that javaris will love her and not harm her. These books always are wonderful to read. I love action, drama, suspense anything.
Natalie Cheetham
there are too many things wrong with this book to list.
overall, I think it's just very poorly written. I don't think that it would ring true with the urban teens that it's trying to reach. I think the story goes absolutely nowhere. there's too much going on with too many different characters, all with their own life stories to share. in the end, everything is just resolved a little too easily for my taste. none of it rings true. I'm sure there is better urban lit than this.
Dec 22, 2011 Christi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Unfortunately, I felt this book tried way too hard, but ultimately was just too poorly written. There were too many instances of something being described, and then the character would speak exactly what had just been described. I felt the language was stilted and didn't seem realistic at all. There were too many characters with too many problems for any of them to be developed enough for us to care about any of them.
Wasn't blown away by the start of a teen series called Urban Underground. So far, it has the covers going for them and a cast of characters that any student picking it up could relate to. The writing isn't strong or deep, although it does delve in to topics of achievement, depression, teen life and it's ups and down, family life and how it affects performance, and of course, love.
Brandy Glover
jaris is in love with sereeta for a long time but she doesnt notice him really. jaris is trying to to see what he can do to get sereeta to like him
I thought this book was okay but not all that. It didn't really interest me.
i think this is a great story.i think that he is going to find the right love
it caught my eye!
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Anne Elaine Schraff grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University at Northridge and taught high school for ten years.

Anne paid her way through college by writing short stories for magazines. Since college she has written hundreds of stories and over eighty books including historical fiction, biographies, science books, and her fa...more
More about Anne Schraff...
A Matter of Trust (Bluford, #2) Until We Meet Again (Bluford, #7) Secrets in the Shadows (Bluford, #3) Lost and Found (Bluford, #1) Someone to Love Me (Bluford, #4)

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