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Away Running

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Matt and Free discover the dark side of the City of Light.

Neither Matt nor Free ever imagined they would be playing American football in Paris, especially with a team from the poverty-stricken suburb called Villeneuve. Nothing in Matt’s privileged Montreal background has prepared him for the racial tension he encounters. And Free just wants to play football and forget what
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
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Gretchen Primack
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It feels like a lot of YA fiction these days is set in fantasyland, so when I come across something grounded in the real world and unafraid to face its intensity and grit, I get excited. Away Running is just such a book. It's set in Paris and explores the tensions between the primarily white city and its primarily North and Sub-Saharan African suburbs through the eyes of two high-school-age North American football players, Matt (from Montreal) and Freeman (from San Antonio). The novel is inspire ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This is a spoiler free review based on an ARC of Away Running*

Away Running exceeded my expectations by bringing to life a diverse cast of characters living through real life situations I never would have anticipated based on the books description.
When I first started reading Away Running and realized it had two points of view I was a little upset, but the authors pulled off the different views very well and made it easy and understandable reading for both. I found the diversity, of not only t
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Review copy: Final copy via publisher

Before I went to Paris I had a conversation with a writer friend about the Black ex-patriots who lived in Paris during the Harlem Renaissance because they felt that Black Americans were more accepted there than in the US. My friend asked, “so there is no racism in Paris?” Both my traveling buddy and I responded at the same time, “There is, but it’s different, especially towards Black Americans.” We went on to explain the racial tension that existed toward Nor
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Eager to escape his mother’s business school plans for him, Canadian teenager Mathieu runs away to Paris to play American football.

Freeman, an American visiting Paris on a class trip, opts to extend his stay to play football as well rather than return home where the loss of his father is keenly felt.

I enjoyed the friendship that developed between these two, particularly their silences and how they didn’t shy away from calling each other out on stuff, those difficult moments really cemented their
Mar 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
"Authors Wright and journalist Bouchard, who met playing football in Paris and draw on experience for detailed authenticity, pull no punches in addressing racism and social ills, effectively presenting a complicated situation with no simple solution. Once the story catches up with the present tense, tensions brew into irreversible, violent disaster. Timely, nuanced, and highly respectful of readers' intelligence." -Kirkus
Roman Huesman
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Could you imagine flying to another country without your parent permission as a freshman in high school? In Away Running, Matt our main character is white quarterback that lives in Montreal, Canada and he loves to play football, but his parents want him to focus on school instead of football. This book takes place in Paris, France, while he is living with his sister at college he meets a black football player from texas and they want to join a football team after they become friends.
First, what
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Read because I'm using it in class. The pacing is off to me, and there are parts with too many characters and too much non-responsive dialogue, but it was enlightening about the true events this is based on and racism in France while also being engaging for teens.
Theresa Hubert
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Canadian boy who goes to Paris and becomes involved with international American football team. I liked the look at the non-tourist side of Paris and the struggles of international refugees in a foreign country (other players, not the Canadian).
Lindsey Meyer
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
My students loved this book. I found it a little less appealing mostly due to my lack of interest in French football.
Calista Pettit
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found the book to be an excellent idea of what it's like to be an immigrant in Paris.
Lea Ann
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and timely. I didn't know about the incident in Paris.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Racism, police brutality, racism in criminal justice
Luc Bouchard
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Away Running follows two very real and likeable seventeen-year-old boys on a trip to Paris. It’s no ordinary backpacking adventure, however.
Mathieu Dumas from Montreal and Freeman Omonwole Behanzin from San Antonio, Texas, take turns telling the story of their pre-university experience playing football américain in the suburbs of Paris. The team they play for, the Diables Rouges, represents the poor (barely fictional) Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-La- Grande, home to many immigrants from North
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Main characters: Freeman (Free) Behanzin- From San Antonio, Texas, has a football scholarship from Iowa State intact with a military father. Goes to France on a foreign exchange student situation.
Mathieu (Matt) Dumas- From Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has a football scholarship from Laval and has divorced parents. Runs away to France and stays with his cousin.
The book starts with the narration from Matt and explains how he wanted to escape the high expectations of his parents just to play football,
Alex T.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I made the mistake of trying to read this book between other works, and it made it difficult to get into the story. Once I focused on it, though, I found it very difficult to put down. The characters are full of raw emotion and the bravado of youth that I still remember from my own young adulthood. The world of Villeneuve is one I've never lived in, but I have heard so much from friends who have experienced similar worlds. The back and forth narrative between Matt, a wealthy white French Canadia ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Both Matt and Free are running away from their problems. For Matt, it is the increasing demands of his mother's expectations sending him from Montreal to play American football in the Villeneuve province of France. For Free, it is a chance to subsume the grief he feels at losing his father in Iraq, where the discipline of the football team keeps him going. Both boys deal with the strange intersection of racism, classism, national prejudice and all the other hardships in addition to being part of ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book through the library thing web site as a early reviewer giveaway. It was a pretty decent book. Takes place in Paris, and is about a football team with different nationalities. I would say its a young adult book, but good for anyone really. deals with the team and them being more of the lower class over there and people clashing with them due to the different races and lower parts of the suburbs there. Wasn't too bad of a book. I found sometimes tho the french language in it a litt ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reads
Interesting plot made even better by the authors having experience in the subject, meeting playing football. I won this in a contest and it was a good read.
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