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Running Against Traffic

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past - not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of runn ...more
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Published February 15th 2013 by
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Rachelle Ayala
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will make you think about the friendships you have and whether anyone would truly miss you if you simply disappeared. Paige Davenport seemed to have it made. She had a wealthy husband, lived in the right neighborhood and attended the right parties. She went through the motions of a high class life and never questioned where she came from or where she was going--until the day her husband dropped her off at Wells Lake, a one stop-light town, in front of a dilapidated house.

After a few da
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ian by: Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Shelves: t-renovation
After her husband abandons her in a back-water Pennsylvania town, leaving her in a dilapidated house, Paige finds herself in a downward spiral of depression and alcoholism. Realising that she needs a focus she takes up running, and through that and with the help of her neighbors she gradually starts to rebuild her life.

Running Against Traffic is a pretty good first effort with one or two missteps. There were twenty-something pages of e-mail correspondence right in the middle of this book which
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 09, 2013 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary Fiction
4 Glowing Stars

Paige Scott lives in a beautiful home. She’s married to a man with beautiful teeth. She shops. She plays her role within her husband’s social life. Paige’s life is not so bad. She can live with it. Fortunately, her husband can’t. In a drastic change of events, Paige is taken on a long drive away from her cosmopolitan life to a dilapidated house. Then she’s abandoned like an unwanted pet in a remote town. This pampered woman, raised by nannies and house staff, is about to learn val
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I absolutely loved this book. It sucked in from the start. I literally didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to remain immersed in this little town with these wonderfully quirky characters. It was a quick read but I really didn’t want it to end.

The story felt realistic in the way it developed. There was not a lot of backstory to begin the story but it was interspersed into the story as it was necessary. The parallels in the story are cleverly used. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. At t
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not high literature, but I enjoyed this. I particularly liked the references to Philadelphia, where I live. These references included Paige, the main character, living a block from me at one point in her past.

This book reminded me a bit of Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. Both tell the tale of a woman who experiences a metamorphosis during a time of loss. It also reminded me a lot of the movie The Station Agent, a favorite independent film of mine. That film chronicles the lives of a unique group
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Running Against Traffic is the intriguing story of a woman's journey of self-discovery and the rebirth of her life. Paige Scott Davenport was living a privileged life in Philadelphia with her wealthy husband David, until her world was turned upside down when David literally dumps her off in front of a dilapidated house in Wells Lake, a small town in western Pennsylvania. Paige finds herself in a downward spiral of depression and relies on alcohol to diminish the pain, but when she takes up runni ...more
Glenn Davis
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a man I was surprised when this novel was recommended to me that I would actually enjoy it. My normal genre of book is suspense, thrillers but I found myself invested in the characters and wanting to find out what eventually happened to each of them. The author did an incredible job of not only telling the story of the protagonist but as well of the other leading characters in this novel. Quite a few times I actually caught myself laughing out loud at some of the antics that went on in the bo ...more
Kathryn Romeo
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a breath of fresh air. I loved it, which is surprising since I don't normally like this genre (women's lit.). But I found it to be witty, interesting, and addictive. It is a wonderful story of a woman rediscovering herself after being left by her husband in a small town.

Talk about character development, the story revolves around Paige learning who she really is and how to stand on her own two feet. She gets herself a job and takes in two boarders to help with the repairs on her hous
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Running Against Traffic:
Gaelen Vandenbergh

Running Against Traffic is a unique novel that brings to light many issues that most of us hope to never have to face. Appearances are often deceiving and although Paige Davenport on the surface or outwardly appears to have what some might say it all, she learns that life can change in a flick of let’s say a car ride. Married to David for many years, a wealthy man who enjoys living in the right place, driving the right car and attending parties with the
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Running Against Traffic, by Gaelen VanDenbergh, is a witty and sarcastic novel focusing on the worst (or maybe best?) year of Paige Scott's life as she begins a journey of self-discovery. Materialistic Paige lives in a world that includes a rich husband, a swanky home, and more money than she knows what to do with. Her days revolve around ignoring her husband David, relaxing at the spa, shopping for things that she does not need, and then ends with dinner and drinks with said husband and other e ...more
Krystal Milton
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
While I did not fall madly in love with this novel, I did enjoy reading it. There is just something fresh about starting over, especially in a quirky small town where everyone knows every minute detail about its inhabitants and their lives.

I had a couple of issues with the beginning as Paige found herself deserted by her husband. I mean, at first she thought it was a joke, laughed it off. And not a minute after when it dawned on her that he may not be coming back she immediately fell apart. For
Susan (The Book Bag)
Running Against Traffic is a wonderful story about self discovery, gaining independence, and finding out who your friends truly are. Paige gets dumped out her car by her husband, in front of a run down house and is told to get on with her life. After several days of self pity and numbing herself with alcohol, she decides to do whatever it takes to get herself out of this hell hole and back to her glamorous life.

'At times her insides twisted in knots and she would break out in a sweat, and then m
Rebecca Graf
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I had this book for a spell before I read it. Why? I’m really not sure. Something about it just didn’t pull at me whether it was the synopsis or I just wasn’t in the mood to read that particular book. I finally decided to read it and was so glad I did.

Running Against Traffic is the story of a big-city woman who is dumped by her husband in a small town and told she has to fend for herself. Her own past and her attitude has caught up with her. Unsure of what to do or how to do
Victoria Sawyer
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running Against Traffic is a small town novel about finding yourself when you have been living life going through the motions. Paige Davenport had it all on the outside, the rich husband, the parties, the idle lifestyle, but all that changes when she is dropped off to fend for herself at a dilapidated house in Wells Lake, a small town.

We follow Paige as she struggles to discover who she really is and what she wants out of life. The town is a big part of her discover as well as the colorful town
Anna Tan
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, review-copy
Paige Davenport had it all - a rich husband and an easy socialite life - until her husband drives her out to the middle of nowhere and abandons her at a ramshackle house. For the first time in her easy life, she realizes that 1) she has no true friends, 2) she has never appreciated all the good things in her life until then and 3) she has never actually really lived.

Running Against Traffic is a humorous story of how Paige slowly starts to pull herself together with the help of Deidre, Darnell, A
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2014
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Paige Davenport had it all yet had nothing. Her husband was a successful Philadelphia attorney which put her in wealthy social circles. She disliked the people but tolerated the role of the wealthy trophy wife. Then David surprises her with a road trip to visit his newly acquired "summer home". The seemingly endless road trip finally ends in a small town called Wells Lake. As she observes her surroundings and dilapidated hous ...more
Lynda Dickson
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Paige and David Davenport have been married for years, supposedly living the good life. When David suddenly buys a vacation home in Wells Lake, a four hour drive away, Paige is not impressed. David insists she goes with him, but when they get there, he has another surprise in store for her - and not a good one. Left to fend for herself, and struggling with memories of a painful childhood and previous failed relationships, Paige initially copes with her depression by drinking.

Then Paige meets an
Tracy Riva
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure of what to expect from this book when I first agreed to review it. It sounded somewhat interesting, but the title kind of threw me. Now that I have read it I find the title absolutely fitting and honestly have to say that has been one of the finest pieces of literary fiction it has been my pleasure to read.

The characters are rich and multidimensional. The settings are well painted until you can see, hear and smell them. The storyline is riveting as it details the life of a woman in
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Paige has not had an easy life growing up. Between the how she was raised to now…
This is a novel that I had hard time connecting with the main character, Paige… Naive, lack of common sense and the pity me are just a few descriptive words that I could use to describe Paige. Throughout the book Paige goes thru some ups and downs as the character is developed into something else.
I know and understand why David deserted here, to me that was wrong. I get that and understand.
But things happen for a
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This book may be for other people. Personally, I did not connect with Paige at all until way towards the end. I feel badly that she was unceremoniously dumped in a small town with little money. But I completely felt disconnected from Paige's actions and those of her husband. When explanations did come, it was too late for me to change how I felt overall about the book. What person in their right mind would just take that? I certainly wouldn't, and I would think that someone with money and connec ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Running Against Traffic is a debut novel worth the purchase!
I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't put it down!
The way the book begins, jaw dropping!
Watching Paige re-discover herself in a backwoods town is very entertaining.

Here is an excerpt from my blog review:
(Check out the link for a more in depth review)

"What can I say? I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It was like a breath of fresh air! I felt it didn't stick with any stereotypical recipe for a grea
S.B. Alexander
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
What do you do when your husband drops you off in a place you’ve never been, throws your suitcase at you and says have a nice life? Well, Paige Scott didn’t know what to do either. At first depression sets in, she sleeps most of the days away and drinks to mask the shock and the pain. As she slowly comes out of her depression and ventures into town she starts to make friends. As the story progresses she does a lot of soul searching to try and rebuild her life through the friends she makes and th ...more
This is the story of a woman who suffers utter humiliation and then comes roaring, or racing, back. The book Running Against Traffic is a study in becoming your own powerful woman. The most striking thing about the story is how it makes you want to run, and run and run. When you see the transformation the central character goes through, and how running helped her whip her body and her mind in shape you can't help but marvel at the power of exercise. The book also clearly paints the human being a ...more
Victoria Brinius
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good book about how strong a woman can be. Especially when she thinks that she has nothing left. Her husband dumped her, both in a dilapidated house and out of his life, and did not care how she was or how much money she has. What David does not realize is that he did not deserve Paige and he gives her the last push she needs to be the woman she wants to be. I love using my hands to build things, including puzzles, and model airplanes. I thought about how I feel when I have a finished ...more
Melanie Guerra
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These characters just pop off the page...they are lovable (well, not you, David and Simone), and this debut work by Gaelen Vandenbergh makes you want to know more about them. Which is great, because I read in another review that a follow up is in the works, soon to be released. I look forward to reading where life takes them, and maybe more about where a few of them have been. I love the metaphor of the tired, crumbling house and how it gets refurbished bit by bit,over time...just like our heroi ...more
Voicu Simandan
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a bit like a retelling of “The Prince and the Pauper” set in our times. But, unlike the times when letters were sent by messengers riding horses through the night, these days we do have modern means of communication and people do we use them when they are in need and, especially, in distress. The heroine of the book forgets about the existence of phones (which she can use to call for help!) and instead chooses to tough it out and start from scratch after her rich husband dumps her i ...more
Jane Dmochowski
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I took it along with me on a short beach vacation and gobbled it up. I had fun "running" out to Western PA with Paige for her crisis, awakening, and renewal (can we say "renewal" since she was never whole...whatever...). My favorite character/subplot was Starfire and his addictions, relationship with his mother, his strengths and his weaknesses. Very compelling. I look forward to VanDenbergh's next novel.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this book on goodreads giveaways. I had a hard time with this book. I really wanted to love it but I just didnt. I love the story line behind going from no purpose in life to realizing what friendship and love really means, which is why I gave it 2 stars . Otherwise I would have given it one.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
A wife forced to come to terms with the steps she needs to take to make herself a better person.

I cant say the beginning of this book grabbed me I was slightly confused and a little annoyed...but then I got what the point was. Only if we all could find friends like the ones found in the pages of this book.
InD'tale Magazine
Between the charming pages of this debut novel readers will find a heartening story about self-discovery, humility, friendship, and empowerment.

Read full review in the 2013 June issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I went to boarding school in Maine, college in Boston, NYC, then back to Philadelphia, where I have been ever since. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. Creative writing major in College, I have been working on novels over the years, but haven’t finished anything until now. Like Mitt Romney has binders full of women, I have binders full of u ...more