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Running Wide Open (Full Throttle, #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  344 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night? What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to wo ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by Webfoot Publishing (first published January 5th 2011)
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Alice Lynn
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seasoned with laugh out loud humor, Running Wide Open is also a tale of growth, suspense, loyalty, and family dysfunction. Cody is challenged to make a new life with his uncle Race, and in the process faces his own shortcomings. Stock car racing becomes a metaphor for achieving personal excellence. Believable characters and great dialogue keep things moving on and off the track.
Tara Chevrestt
I rarely read books with male leads or narrators, but this one has a female mechanic in it so I decided to give it a go. Though it was a bit too much testosterone for me at times, it is an enjoyable read.

Cody is 15 and a juvie... and he is an ungrateful brat. I didn't like him at first.. but as the story unfolds, I could see WHY he is the way he is.. full of anger, insolent, disrespectful, ungrateful, bitter. His family has made him that way. His mother is a nightmare, his father a wuss, and his
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Running Wide Open follows 15 year old Cody Everett, a troubled teen who has crossed paths with law enforcement one too many times. His parents decide to ship him off to live with his Uncle Race, who is an avid stock car racer. At first, Cody is convinced that his uncle will fail him just like his parents did, and keeps his distance. As he learns more about Race, Cody realizes that a normal, happy life might actually be within his reach.

What I liked about this book:
Have you ever wondered how to w
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
More like 2.75, but the voice won me over. Would have been a solid 3 if not for the unnecessary 1980s setting. I'm really over that trend, 2011 YA novels. Teens today don't relate, and it's not historical fiction. Stop, please, stop.

15-year-old Cody got in trouble with the law, and he's been sent to live with his uncle to get his act together. Except his uncle is weird and lives in a trailer and races stock cars. Then things take a wrong turn, and it's Cody who has to step up and take care of h
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book to any of you skeptics out there was amazing. Lisa Nowak has a captivating way of hooking you into the story. This book follows a fifteen year old boy named Cody on his journey of understanding. His life is full of drama, humor, suspense, and life-threatening challenges. I don't want to say too much and give it all away. I'll just say this,Lisa Nowak's book needs to be read by anyone who reads YA or is looking for a great read. :)
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llbr
When Cody Everett and his graffiti artist friends get caught by the Portland police, it’s the last straw for the boy’s father who puts two choices to his son: military school or live with his mother’s brother, Race Morgan, in a trailer park in Eugene. Cody’s uncle is a race car driver so the choice seems obvious. Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak is Cody’s story about that episode in his life, which takes place in 1989.

Cody arrives at his uncle’s ungrateful. He begins pulling endless, childish pra
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally Amazing. Story line is intriguing and something that I can relate to; not like those impossible thing. The book draws you in and grasps you with both hands not letting go long after you are done reading it.
David King
"Running Wide Open" by Lisa Nowak is a YA novel that for once doesn't involve paranormal events, love triangles or female protagonists. I know that some of you are probably dumb struck that a YA novel like that could actually exist but this book honestly is different to the norm. Instead the book involves stock car racing, a troubled male protagonist and an emotional plot about overcoming the challenges of the past. I found the entire novel to be a refreshing change in addition to being an enjoy ...more
Arla (Leave Mommy Alone)
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Lisa Nowak for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...

My first thought when I finished this book was, "Whoa! Lisa Nowak can WRITE!"

One might think, from the the cover of this book, that it's about racing. Although there's racing in it, it's SOOO not about that. It's about relationships, acceptance and overcoming adversity. It's told from the point of view of a 15 yr. old troubled kid named Cody.

This story takes place in Oregon in the 80's. Cody is s
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Story Summary

Lisa Nowak’s Running Wide Open is about Cody Everett a teenager who is hot tempered, loyal and brave. He’s protective of those he loves, but finds himself not afforded that same benefit. Cody lives with his ineffectual father; there in body but lost in spirit/mind; Cody’s mother is a selfish, erratic woman who has left both father and son. The mother leaving has a profound effect on Cody, a little boy who still seeks the love of a mother, who appears incapable of truly expressing th
I'm not much of a fan of racing; I like bikes and cars, and the feeling speed gives, but I'm not much for racing. I think that's the main reason why this isn't a 5 butterflies, a lot of the time we were focusing on this thing that isn't that interesting for me. Now, that being said, this was one awesome book.

For starters, I loved the fact it has a male MC, namely Cody. He's a disoriented, sort of bitter young man, with less then stellar family history and some behavior issues (minor compared to
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
No one said being a teen is easy. Cody Everett is that one punk everyone remembers from high school as "trouble". That kid who sneaks out for a smoke, graffities buildings, and says things just to watch people squirm. Would you take him in after the police pull him over, again? I don't know if I would, yet that's exactly what his uncle Race does. After testing his uncle, multiple times, Cody begins to realize that maybe Race does care, and he starts to let down his guard. Then tragedy strikes, a ...more
Rachele Alpine
I never ever thought that I would be into racing. I’ve never watched one on TV, don’t know the first thing about how everyone is able to race around a track without crashing into each other and when I’m in my own car, drive under the speed limit. I’m usually the one that other people are racing past!

However, I fell in love with this book. Lisa creates a world of racing that totally makes sense and is developed organically. After getting in trouble at home, the main character, Cody, is sent to li
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
It's hard to find books that I love enough to reread countless times. This stems from the fact that I have a very specific taste in literature and that I just don't have the money to buy books. Libraries were hard for me to access during the past few years, so for a long time I relied on authors like Nowak to provide excellent reading material for no charge. This in particular is one of the greatest gems I've found among the free e-books on Amazon.
First off, I have to commend Nowak for the way s
Beverly McClure
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes teens do crazy things that get them in trouble. Growing up, finding oneself, is difficult, especially when a kid has little or no family support. As a result of one wild moment, the teen may find himself at a crossroads, with few choices.

In author Lisa Nowak’s young adult novel RUNNING WIDE OPEN Cody, caught in a prank painting a wall of the zoo with his friends, has to make a decision that will change his life forever. When the police let Cody go, his dad gives him two choices: milit
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story took my by surprised and I love it! I love going into a book exactly knowing what is going to happen and it's not.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the great plot line. Filled with hurt and lies, Cody is being passed around like trash. He is acting out and on his last resort. The thing is Cody is not a bad kid. He has just being treated badly. Instantly, I was invested in Cody and my heart was with him every step of the way. When ever he made a mistake, I am there rooting for him
Chayse Sundt
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

Life can be hard for a person who has a mother that has not one good bone in her body, a dad that doesn't support them when being verbally attacked, and an anger problem that has you left living with a guy with a weird name. Cody's life is about to be changed and though it may start off bad it turn bright in the end.

I could never do what Cody has done, I would be too afraid to go home and face my parents. Also his mom, I swear that she needs to show a little more loving support to her son. Const
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this on one of the Amazon free Kindle books deals. I didn't think I'd like it. In fact, I wasn't sure I'd even read it. But since it was free and I am a race fan, I went for it. Months later, looking for something light and mindless, I finally gave it a try.

To my surprise, it was neither light nor mindless. And quite entertaining. Cody is a troubled teenager with a hard family life. Running out of options, his parents decide the best place for him would be to move in with his uncle Race M
Erin Danzer
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: kick-butt-ya
Running Wide Open was in a word: refreshing. This novel was like a blast of fresh air, though perhaps with a strain of diesel fuel racing through it. =)
The voice in this novel is so authentic and gritty because the author herself was immersed in the world of stock cars. I, myself, come from a family of stock car racing so this one was right up my alley. Brought back a lot of fond memories of my father, uncle and cousin fixing cars in the big garage.

Cody was a character I could root for, becaus
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually quite liked this book, though it did have a few problems. I liked the characters, particularly Race. Cody was hard to take for much of the first half, but I liked the learning experiences he had and the interaction with Race, who was unbelievably patient, wise, and understanding. I liked the racing stuff, but would have liked more depth and information about Cody's school experience and what exactly he was writing about all the time. Not sure what I thought about the last half of the ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I usually do not read much YA books, but I was pleasently surprised with this book. The book follows Cody, a 15 year old, who has a nasty temper and feels like no one cares or loves him. After getting in trouble, he is sent to live with his uncle Race who is an artist by trade and a race car driver on the weekends. Race is teaching Cody life leasons until an unexpected accident causes Cody to question everything. Cody finaly learns that he can not control his mother but he can not let her contro ...more
Dee Vyper
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale for gearheads rebels and most anyone

I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book, but I was pleasantly surprised and caught off guard by how it drew me in. Loaded with enough hot cars, racing action and accurate tech references to keep the hotrodder in me reading. Still it was ultimately the personalities of the characters and development of their interactions that has me sold on following the series. Easy to read and suitable for younger readers, but detailed enough for all ages. Wi
Running Wide Open tells the story of Cody, a teenage boy struggling with family dynamics and the emotions those bring up. Nowak does a great job creating realistic characters who are also entertaining to read. The style and language are well suited to the YA genre, but still very readable for us adults. This accessibility holds for the mechanic and stock car elements of the story (which is a world Cody learns about along with the reader). I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the ser ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, series
I was curious about this book & so I picked it up. I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it. I felt like the characters were real. And trying to deal with the issues in there lives in a very realistic way, without feeling heavy. Good read.
And even though it is in a series this one could stand on its own. It doesn't leave you hanging for book #2. I wanted to read the second because I enjoyed her writing & the premise, not to finish a cliffhanger. *Bonus points right there fro
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
I always have my eye out for books that YA boys will like. This is one of those books and hopefully series. Young adults will relate to the teen rebellion, lack of trust issues, anger, and general disappointment in adults to follow through. The book also presents ways in which to work on these and perhaps overcome some of them. It also addresses that change comes with time and work. To wrap all of this in a novel about cars and race car driving just about makes it perfect.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-from-amazon
What a nice change of pace reading from the perspective of a teenage boy. I'm so glad things turned out well for Cody. He has such crappy parents. I'm glad Uncle Race stepped up and made such a difference!!! I enjoyed this book up until the end, the very end. Right in the middle of a thought it just ENDS. What??? Is there a book 2? Everything is supposed to tie up in a little orderly bow. Are you trying to make me crazy??
Leticia Bench
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I came very, very close to giving up on this book only two pages in.
I am so glad I didn't.
The characters are so well written. It's refreshing to read YA with a male protagonist and a story line that does not center around romance. Although I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that the developing relationship between Race and Kasey didn't get any farther. I am hoping there is a book 2 where that can get sorted out.
Malana Ganz
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this 3 book series (RWO, Driven, and Getting Sideways) about how a young man finds family in places he doesn't expect, and answers to questions about his own family. Set in western Oregon, it felt real to me as I live there. There is a good mix of pain, hope and humor in these books. The racing context was interesting and accurate, as Lisa Nowak was an amateur racer. My grandson is really liking these books, also.
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