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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,958 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their le
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Maddie
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a strong story of friendship and trust, I loved it! Bo and Agnes and as different as night and day but they fit together so well as they're the only people in town that truly understand each other. The idea to run away and start a life at 17 was a little delusional and both they and I knew that from the beginning, but that didn't take away from how invested I was in their futures.

Bo and Agnes both get a point of view, with Bo telling you about running away and Agnes telling you abo
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jv poore
To say that Agnes and Bo are polar opposites would be grossly overstating their similarities….at least at first glance. It is difficult to imagine what the serene, docile blind girl would discuss with the most promiscuous wild-child in the small southern town. It is initially inconceivable that the two would form a bond built on trust and whole-hearted acceptance. Run isn’t a SnapChat view of two teenagers’ lives. Ms. Keplinger uses a wide lens to clearly capture the vast and complicated contrib ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
OMG WE HAVE A COVER AND A SYNOPSIS AND IT SOUNDS SOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOOOO GOOD
Jen Ryland
Nov 18, 2015 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
Shelves: new-cover-why
I like the original cover SO much better.


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I'm setting this aside for now and will try it again later. Just not keeping my attention.
Laura
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blindness

“It had been creeping up on me for a while, this feeling of being caged. But you don’t always know something is choking you until it’s already too tight and you can’t breathe real well.”

What do you think of when you say the word run? Cowardice? Courage? For me, the word hints at speed, freedom, and danger. Just three letters form one powerful word and action. Escape, leave, get out! RUN! Ms. Keplinger’s story is not only about running away, but also about finding someplace or someone to run to a
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Yoda
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Run is the first book by Kody Keplinger that isnt about Hamilton High. Even though I didnt love this book the way I love everything else she has written, it still appealed to me. I like that for the first time its not a YA love story, but a book about friendship. What Bo and Agnes is a much more realistic friendship than anything Ive read so far.
It is such a great read, and it really reminded me how captivating Kody Keplinger writing is, could you please write more books so I never have t
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I had no intention of picking Run, I really don’t. I was trying to minimize reading books about two white best friends, I had enough of that for the last five years. At this point, there’s nothing new to salvage anymore, everything is a tired trope. However, one of my friend picked it up and said there’s an LGBT character on it, which gave me an incentive to check it out. I don’t know why we assumed it’s going to be an f/f love story of some sort. It is not.

Tragically, it’s your typical YA book
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Abby Johnson
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, contemporary
I had to bump this one up in my TBR pile because of the madness that happened with the VOYA review. Not only is it completely offensive and ridiculous to post a WARNING that any book contains a bisexual character, but there is absolutely no mature sexual content tied to this particular bisexual character. Language, yes. Cis/straight sexual situations, yes. And due to THAT content and to the themes of the story - high school girls starting to think about their future and what's next after high sc ...more
Dahlia
I think this is my new Kody fave - love the dual narrative with alternating timelines, love the friendship between the girls, and love the girls themselves. This is totally a YA Thelma and Louise and even when it hurts it's so much fun.
Ryan Buckby
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
actual rating: 3.5

What risks would you take.. to save your friends?


This book was very different to the other books that Kody has written and i've only read two other of her books and i can say this one was very different. This book moved away from the Hamilton high world and focused on a new small town.

Plot: this book deals with two girls Bo Dickinson and Agnes Atwood who are from two totally different worlds but there worlds soon collide when Bo asks Agnes to run away with her. There is
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Rose
Quick review for a quick read. Ye Gods, I actually adored this book. I think one of the things that stayed with me through the read and moving out of it was the relationship between Agnes and Bo - that sold me through the narrative. It's hard not to find yourself drawn to their individual stories and circumstances knowing how different they are and how they end up clicking even with those differences in tow. I think Keplinger did a fine job of showcasing their situations and the hardships and em ...more
Connie
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
PRE-RELEASE THOUGHTS

So this sounds like it could possibly be quite gay. Fingers crossed.

REVIEW

3/5 stars

At its core, Run is a book about two best friends who love each other, who've changed and shaped each other into the people they've always wanted to be, and their journey. Whether that's through Agnes' POV as she shows us how they became friends, or Bo's POV as she shows us what happens when they run away, it's really just a platonic love story, and I really, really like that.

The way Agne
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy came from YA Books Central for review.
Diversity Rating: 2 – It’s a Start!
Racial-Ethnic:
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QUILTBAG: 4 (Bo is bisexual)
Disability: 5 (in #ownvoices representation from Keplinger, Agnes is legally blind)
Intersectionality: 3 (Bo’s family is very poor and her mother is a meth addict)

A blind girl and a bisexual girl get into a car, steal it in the middle of the night, and drive straight into my heart. That’s this book in the form of a bar joke, but if I
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Valerie
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hey would you look at that! 5 stars for a contemporary! Must be the end of the world or something. Just kidding. Honestly, I just loved Run. Not only is it a powerful story about friendship, but it also tackles issues such as sexuality, disability, and family.

There are two main characters in the novel, each having their own POV. Agnes is a goody two shoes with overprotective parents, afraid that she'll hurt herself with her disability. On the other hand, Bo has a bad reputation. Her mother is co
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Anna
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
catch me crying in the club over this book and these characters
Elise (TheBookishActress)
But I ain't never been real good with words. Ain't never been able to turn my own pain into nothing but tears and trouble.

And when I look back at him, with the door already closing on me, the only words I can manage sure as hell ain't poetry.

“Fuck you.”


3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book a lot, it just didn't change my life.

Characters: 4.5 stars. The two main characters were three-dimensional, and I've never read such a complex, well-developed friendship in a novel before. Bo and Agnes' friendship
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Laurie Flynn
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This was my first Kody Keplinger book, and I absolutely loved it! RUN is such a realistic, gripping account of female friendship and the distance, both literally and figuratively, friends will go to help each other. I really liked the dual POV between Bo and Agnes-- each voice felt very distinct, and effectively showed how different the two girls are along with the common threads tying them together. RUN deals with lots of important themes: finding yourself, breaking out of your comfort zone, ju ...more
Chelsey Ellice
This book wasn't what I was expecting. I don't know what I was really expecting but it wasn't that. It's so different to her other books. I enjoyed the fact that is was about friendship. Most books I read are romance, so it was nice to read of a good friendship. They came from two different worlds but it turned into a beautiful friendship. It's so sad to think that people actually treat families like the dickinsons and how it is often generational, the kids just don't know any better so they bec ...more
Lucy
Despite their differences, wild Bo and legally-blind good girl Agnes become best friends. It’s the sort of friendship that runs more deeply than anything else, but when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she’s ever had to make. Run, or stay?

In a genre saturated with romance and finding ‘true love’ at 17, Run is a refreshingly realistic exploration of the most important relationships in most real teenagers’ lives:
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
“Even though this story could end a thousand different ways, and even though chances were, it might not have a happy ending, it didn't matter. Because I already knew how I was gonna tell this story.”

3☆
Ashley Blake
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
One of my favorite stories of female friendship ever. Heartbreaking and real, this book has excellent bi and disability rep and is a must for all Keplinger fans. I think this is my favorite book of hers to date.
Stefani Sloma
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love friendship stories! Full review soon.
Trevor
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, dl, tlb, ya
A fast, enjoyable read with a fantastic friendship dynamic between two girls from opposite worlds. Agnes is feeling the pressure from her overbearing parents & yearning to escape her small town after high school. It certainly doesn't help that her only "friend", Christy, makes her feel like a burden because she is blind. Agnes wants everyone to know that she is just as capable of anything a seeing person can do, but no one treats with her the respect she deserves. That is, until Bo comes alo ...more
Laura
It's about time we have some accurate representation of a vision impairment in YA. I absolutely adored Bo and Agnes and it was great this focused on friendship, rather than romance for a change. Having a vision-impaired best friend myself I could really empathise and this just warmed my heart - so many feels!

#diversitybingo2017 - Visually impaired main character
Natasha
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"So I just have to lie here, in the quiet, trying to ignore the familiar ache of loneliness and the guilty voices in my head."

I love this book. It has such a powerful message on struggles, friendship, family, fear and loneliness. It is such an easy read yet so emotional. I love how it goes between two POV and one being a present story and the other being a past.

I love the two main character how their struggles are different but kind of the same. Bo’s struggle was very hard and emotional for me
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Nicole Field
Jul 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
F/F YA available at my library, recommended by Corey.
Ari
May 08, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016
This is my guilty pleasure, I simply love this author. Ever since "The DUFF" I kept wishkng for "one more book" of hers. Damn, I simply can't wait for this one. Give it to me, give it to me now!

After reading LOL, this is all I want to read next ;))
soon, not quite but soon.
Ana ☾
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english, 2016
I loved the book. I hated the ending.
But nevertheless the best book of Kody in my opinion. Also, I may have cry.
15melvinl
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
So far I'm enjoying this book and I want to read on however it's slightly unrealistic. I enjoyed the end of the story and i think it was well written
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I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.
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