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And Then We Ran

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  47 reviews
A road-trip story about following your dreams and embracing the unexpected.

Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say.

Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.

Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase th
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Stripes Publishing
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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Little Tiger Group and NetGalley.)

“We should get married.”

This was a YA contemporary story, about a girl who thought that getting married so that she could inherit a flat in London was the best way to stop living in her sister’s memory.

Megan was quite an upbeat sort of character, and I felt quite sorry for her when her parents really weren’t listening to what she wanted to do at all. Being forced to become a lawyer because
Apr 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
I tried to care for this book but I couldn't. It's about a girl called Becca who survives the death of her older sister Lizzie and feels herself tied up in being what their parents expect of her sister but not of her. So she decides to do something drastic as marrying somebody so she can go to London (where she has a flat) and pursue her dream. To do so, she picks a guy named Elliot, kind of an outcast due to his father's actions.
But he is hiding some things about Lizzie's death, and she is als
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved how much emphasis there was on university and making sure you're picking the right course for you. While I'm not a fan of demonising parents, I thought 'And Then We Ran' did a spectacular job of explaining its own logic and putting everything into perspective. I also wasn't expecting the dimension of guilt Megan felt about her sister, there were so many things that really tied this into a really successful road-trip novel! ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I loved all the little photographs and texts, they really added texture to the narrative. The plot was fairly obvious, but still positive, directed at reconciliation and not bitterness. I really liked both characters--they were complex and broken, and worked well as a duet. The supporting characters were lovely too, especially Becca and Sean. I do think that there was space for further exploration of the institute of marriage, which was alluded to but not directl ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thematically clever. Heart squeezing. I adored it from cover to cover. It has that same ease and addictive quality that I get when I read one of my faves like Sarah Dessen.

Cute, a little crazy but also very down to earth. Full review soon! :)
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ukya
For a pretty wild concept, this is quite a serious story about following your heart, your dreams and living up to expectations. The split perspective between Megan and Elliot was something I really enjoyed, getting to know these characters and there lives separate to one another. Although the build to the whole 'we have to get married' thing was slow, the characters were so well established, I didn't mind. For anyone that's interested in non-academic subjects, or jobs that people are constantly ...more
I received this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is one of those books where it's all about the characters. Love the characters, love the book. Fortunately for me, I did.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with both Megan and Elliot, who were willing to take a huge risk to have a future they wanted, rather than one that their families had drawn up for them. There was a lot of playful banter between them and a few very meaningful conversations, which made me cry more than
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017-reads
Thank you to NetGallery for offering me a copy for review! And Then We ran comes out April 6th!

I adored this story so much, I loved everything about it – the characters, the setting, everything. It left me warm and fuzzy (and crying) upon the end of the book. It was my first Katy Cannon book but I doubt it will be my last, her writing is so wonderful.

The story follows Megan, who's older sister recently died in a tragic accident. Her parents also want Megan to be her sister, they want her to bec
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re in need of a cute, heart-warming, sweet and fascinating book, just go straight to this one. From the get-go, you know this is going to be a good story: great characters, great voices, interesting plot… the whole package works!

The story is told from both Megan and Elliott’s point of view. I loved both their voices and how relatable and realistic they sounded. What I liked the most about them, though, was how raw they felt. They both long f
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley, 1-star
This wasn't for me. I think I'm in a little reading slump since finishing King's Cage because since then I've had 4 books on the go at once, and 3 of them have bored me. I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters very much at all.

And Then We Ran is told from dual POVs, alternating between Megan and Elliott. Megan has lost her older sister, but is still living in Lizzie's shadow. Her parents want one career for her, while Megan wants another. Elliott is miserable and just wants to
Janay Brazier
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I flipping loved this book. This is definitely my kind of story. I loved the characters and how you get to hear their views as each chapter alternates between Megan and Elliott telling the story. I also loved the added features of text messages, phone call transcripts and photos. I love the use of other media formats in YA, it just makes it so current. I think I'm going to review this book in a bit more detail on my YouTube channel so I won't say too much more about it, but I truly loved this. ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
And Then We Ran wasn't quite the summer road trip story I expected. It's set in rainy, wintry Pembrokeshire, in the south west of Wales.

Megan and Elliot feel suffocated by their small beach town. Megan's sister died not so long ago and Elliot's given up on his future. Together, they embark on an adventure to take control of their lives – a road trip to Scotland's Gretna Green to get married (of course), with plans to move to London and follow their dreams.

Megan and Elliot are flawed and flaky te
Virginie (chouettblog)
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reads-2017

Sometimes the right book just come to you at the right time. “And Then We Ran” came to me when I needed to be entertained. A lot of my reads can be a little taxing, so when a tale dealing with serious teen issues told with light voice comes along, you just listen.

This book is showing what many young adults come to at a point in their life, choosing what to do next. But what happens when you know what you want, but your parents have other ideas and refuse to listen? Well, you elope to a place whe
Alix Long
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
And Then We Ran was a brilliant book from start to finish, with a great fast-paced storyline and vibrant yet realistic teenage characters. The book is blurbed as being perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, and I definitely got that heartwarming, reassuring, summer-reading vibe from this book (despite the fact that it's set in winter!) I really liked the Welsh setting, and it gave the book a sort of individuality to set it apart from other road trip novels. The small town of St Evaline was so well de ...more
Robin Stevens
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, sweet, fun road trip romance, perfectly-pitched and very warm-hearted. Yes, this is all about teens deciding to get married - but don't worry, Katy handles it beautifully, and the resolution is great. 14+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was very different to what I usually read but I was pleasantly surprised. It could have used more details in places but other wise I really enjoyed the idea of the book and the plot but it could have used some more detail in places.
Sue Holmes
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, arc, grief
*Review copy received from publisher*
And Then We Ran is a sweet read, but lacks depth. The themes, such as death, are only superficially handled and the ending particularly weak.
Heather Lawson
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here:

I’ve always loved anything Katy Cannon has written and so I was super excited to read her newest book. Cannon’s books are the kind of contemporaries that always leave me feeling happy. I always have a smile on my face, a contented sigh, and all the warm fuzzy feelings because the romances are just too damn cute. This book was no different.

Megan is living in her sister’s shadow. Ever since her elder sister died in a tragic accident,
Jessica Gilmore
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Katy Cannon's two previous YA novels, the way she spun a seemingly gossamer-light, sweet and funny story based on baking or sewing whilst covering some really intense issues without the books ever feeling overly dramatic or losing their sweetness and humour. In And There We Ran she brings the same sense of humour and perfect romantic timing to a deeper, more intense novel exploring grief, loss and identity. I really loved how much I found myself rooting for Megan and Elliott and h ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Since her older sister Lizzie died Megan’s parents are treating her as a replacement. They’re forcing Lizzie’s future on her. Elliott was Megan’s best friend growing up. Ever since his father swindled their small town, he’s become an outsider. His family moved to the other side of town and can barely make ends meet. Megan can inherit her deceased grandmother’s flat when she is twenty-one or if she is married before twenty-one. She tells Elliot about her plan and asks him to marry her so they can ...more
Mallory De man
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The book is written from the point of view of both Megan and Elliott. This definitely added to the story as we saw both of them falling for each other without realising they both were, which was cute as hell. I love books like this, you’re expecting a happy ending but don’t know when, where or how it’s going to happen. (view spoiler)
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Have you ever felt so desperate to achieve your dreams that you would do anything, no matter how crazy, to reach them? Seventeen-year-old Megan dreams of becoming a professional photographer, however, her parents have other ideas. And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon is a Young Adult novel about learning to be yourself and realising your dreams.

Megan’s older sister died in a terrible accident the year before she completed her A Levels. Now, M
Perks Of Being A Fangirl
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

I think at this period in time, this book really resonated with me that's why I enjoyed it so much, even if at times it was a bit outrageous but nevertheless I enjoyed it.

One of the main reasons why I enjoyed this novel is that like the main characters, I am also experiencing the same thing as I'm currently picking my university, so I could understand all the worries and the desire to pursue something in the future.

Our main character, Megan is somewhat wild- in the best sense. Her passion for
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In her newest novel, Katy Cannon tells the story of Megan and Elliot, two teenagers who aren`t in love but decide to elope to Gretna Green together so that they can move to London and follow their dreams. I really liked both characters, and their friendship/slow burn romance. I did find their narrative voices slightly hard to distinguish between but it wasn`t an issue as it was clearly shown when it was changing and Katy Cannon`s writing style strikes the most amazing balance of being realistica ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story wasn't bad- but it wasn't the best either. It made a good read not with too much drama but not too boring.

I think that the blurb was misleading though: it talked about a road trip yet it wasn't till the last 50 pages that they travelled. It wasn't really an adventure - more like a longer-than-usual car journey. It also talks about them meeting people that leave a lasting impression on them, but there was no development of characters in these and the protagonists seemed to have forgott
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this but it wasn't as good as I'd thought it would be.

The characters were all likeable but the story was a bit of a let-down. The whole thing was rather stretched out and maybe could have been written slightly more concisely. I also thought the ending was wrapped up quite quickly- the majority of the book had been leading up to the point of marriage but after (no spoilers) that, there's only a couple more chapters.

However, it actually is quite good and there were some parts where I real
Katie Hurse
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Considering the kinda-ridiculous premise of this book, it was surprisingly realistic to read. The problem, I think, with the plot, was that they literally did not physically start the elope until like 250 pages in, which was over halfway. Up until then, there was just a lot of hanging around, moping, internal monologues and not a lot else. I wasn't mad keen on Megan or Elliott's narration...they were both likeable characters, but I just didn't connect with either of them in any significant way. ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Megan is pretty brutal at wanting to follow her dreams, to the point where it made me wonder if her parents were actually right. I'm not sure if that made it seem slightly unrealistic?

I loved the scene setting - the gloomy start, the bad weather set on the coast, the death of her sister, and the tension between the characters etc. The story as a whole wasn't bad, the characters were good, and it had a bit of an unpredictable ending. I don't think the concept really captured me though
I bought this book in a giant bookstore in Dubai and immediately fell in love with the concept of "And Then We Ran". I don't think I have ever read a book with a storyline similar to this one, so you could say I really liked it.

Though of course there were bits that were a bit cliché, but that's inevitable with a YA book. However, there also were a few plottwist which I loved and I also freaking loved the relationship between Elliott and Megan and Megan and Becca.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was not the road trip the blurb of the book promised me it would be. And then the actual road trip (view spoiler).

I feel like the pacing of the book was just off, the build up took too long for me and because of that, the conclusion felt rushed and unsatisfying.

The characters were well developed however, and I liked that we got two POVs to tell us the story.
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Katy was born in Abu Dhabi, grew up in Wales, went to university in Lancaster, spent a few years splitting her time between London, Hertfordshire, and an assortment of hotels across the world. She now lives in a little market town not far from Cambridge. She has a husband, two children, a goldfish, and far too many notebooks.

Katy likes to write stories about the importance of friends and family,

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