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Outrunning The Darkness (Urban Underground #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  190 Ratings  ·  20 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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Nov 29, 2012 Kamryn added it
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
Mar 29, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
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
Feb 28, 2011 Shaylan Figueroa rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2015 Deja rated it liked it
Shelves: american-studies
It was good,I could relate to the main character,Jaris Spain's, rejection he got from his crush,Sereeta.Jaris is the main character,and Marco is his enemy,who Sereeta pays more attention to,and hangs with.The story is set in Georgia, and the setting is in Jaris's school and house.The conflict is Jaris loving Sereeta,who rejects him and spends time with his enemy Marco.Another conflict is Jaris coming home to his negative,alcoholic dad,who doesn't like the fact Jaris doesn't play sports.The theme ...more
Tonia Sandersfeld
Oct 05, 2015 Tonia Sandersfeld rated it liked it
Jaris is worried that his father's attitude about life might be correct--if things are going well, just wait because it will all get ruined eventually. He has a crush on Sereeta, but she's the prettiest girl in school and she doesn't seem to return Jaris's feelings. His friend Alonee is trying to talk him into trying out for the school play. But is Jaris even worth a part in the play or Sereeta's attention? I liked that this book serves a demographic in need of young adult fiction, but I think k ...more
Te'Azjah Taylor
Apr 21, 2016 Te'Azjah Taylor is currently reading it
There's this boy named jaris spain , characters was seereta , mark and jaris spain . he has been liking this girl seereta for the longest . his feelings are now growing stronger , and stronger for her , he can't help but to look at her , but seereta seems to just look right through him , seereta was a nice sweet , curly headed girl , she was very smart . but when it came down to "boys" she wasn't the best . this book take place at school , majority of the time , and at home . jaris had a difficu ...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
Sep 30, 2012 Lisa Benenati rated it did not like it
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
Apr 28, 2014 Joselyn Moreno rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2015 Anna rated it liked it
The ending was very rushed and not too satisfying but overall I enjoyed the story. Reads just like a Bluford book.
Kendall McDaniel
Dec 02, 2013 Kendall McDaniel rated it it was ok
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
Dec 19, 2011 Natalie Cheetham rated it did not like it
Shelves: gstba-2012
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 did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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.
Mz. Carter
Feb 06, 2015 Mz. Carter rated it it was ok
Anne Schraff is one of my favorite authors but this book wasn't one of her best :( I have been wanting to read this series for a while now and I am very disappointed that the first book I really didn't care for. I AM going to give the second book in the series a go anyways.
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
Nov 01, 2012 Daeshawn rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay but not all that. It didn't really interest me.
May 06, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
i think this is a great story.i think that he is going to find the right love
Dec 17, 2012 Amartin0414 rated it it was amazing
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
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