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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  7,964 ratings  ·  1,256 reviews
Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Hannah Greendale
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Fast-paced, emotionally riveting, and brimming with important messages for young readers. Patina is an outstanding addition to Jason Reynolds' new Track series.

Even better than Ghost and I loved Ghost. I'm already exciting about the next book in the series. Sunny, perhaps?
Laurie Anderson
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Jason Reynolds can write girls with as much depth, sensitivity, and joy as boys. This book flows with family, love, friendship and everything you could ever hope for in a middle grade novel. Totally excellent!
You cannot be a children’s librarian or an adult children’s book reviewer if you do not constantly remind yourself that you have to read outside your comfort zone on a regular basis. Our current National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, put this far more eloquently when he urged people to partake in the Reading Without Walls Challenge. The rules are simple. You can read about a character that doesn’t look like your, a topic you don’t know much about, and/or a format you d ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5-4 stars

Jason Reynolds is such an amazing writer! I was skeptical about grown man writing from the perspective of a young girl, but he nailed it! Patina was such an incredible character, and one I think so man young girls can relate to.

Similar to the first book in this series, the main character joins a track team and runs from all their problems in life. For Patina it's her mother who cannot care for her and her sister, so they live with family. She also runs from a new school with new kid
Krista Regester
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
And I turned back toward the track to join my boys.

Patty is incredible. She is one of my favorite characters that I have ever gotten to know and it pains me that I will never meet her in real life. The relationship between her and her family, friends, team, and herself are just incredible and forever growing. Patty ain’t no junk.
This book was shelved in the YA section at my library, but I'm not sure why, because it's solidly middle-grade. So it skewed younger than I was expecting.

I'm not sure how to summarize this story. It doesn't really have a plot, as it covers a week or so in the life of Patina Jones, from one track meet to the next. Her life is pretty complicated, as she and her little sister live with their adoptive parents who are also their aunt and uncle. The girls' father died in his sleep, and their mother h
Suad Shamma
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2017
OK, I liked it. I really did. But I loved Ghost so much, that you couldn't help but be slightly disappointed by this one. It was great, it just wasn't AS great as Ghost's story.

There was very little track or running involved in this one. The story seemed to revolve around Patina's day to day activities in an almost - dare I say it? - tedious manner. She woke up, she had breakfast, she went to school, avoided all the snobby people at school, had to sit through her silly group of girls for the gr
Book Riot Community
The follow-up to the wonderful National Book Award finalist Ghost. This time, it’s about Patina, a different star runner on the elite middle school track team. Patina has a lot to run from in her life, and a lot to run for – like her mom, who cannot run. But her resentments about her situation are starting to build up, and the coach is not going to put up with Patina’s bad attitude much longer. Can she find a balance and learn to work with others in order to run on the relay team. This is a wond ...more
Jonathon P.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Monica Edinger
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My blog review:

A year ago I received a box of ARCs from Simon & Schuster and, poking around, came across Jason Reynolds' Ghost. While I'd heard a great deal about wunderkind Reynolds and read with respect some of his YA work, that he had a middle grade book coming out was a complete surprise to me. About track --- my one competitive sport --- no less. And so I jumped right in and fell madly in love with it. (You can read my gushy review here.) And so now here we are a year later with the next in
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Patina for a Newbery sticker this January! This is pretty close to perfect - it's got wonderful family interactions, different interesting friend groups, a protagonist who is struggling in day-to-day recognizable ways. One thing I love about this is the lack of a central conflict. Instead, Patty deals with everyday life and the inherent conflict being around other people brings. She reaches out. She compartmentalizes. She's ambitious and hardworking and open to new ideas.

Reynolds is so assured a
Mary Ann
Cannot wait to share this with kids. Reynolds' writing explodes during race scenes. And Patty's character is richly drawn. She carries such a load, so much responsibility, taking care of her little sister, caring for her mom, navigating school scene that isn't comfortable or rooted in her own culture. She's vulnerable and strong at the same time.

At times I felt like I was hearing Patty tell the story too much instead of seeing it unfold. But this brought me right into Patty's head, helping me h
Loved this more than Ghost. The writing in Patina was full of lines that made me stop, write, doodle, and snap photos for Instagram. I think Patty might be my favorite Jason Reynolds character to date. A satisfying, feel-good, lovely sequel to a beloved book.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as brilliant as the first in this series!
I really liked Ghost, but I liked this less. I'm not a big fan of series which change main characters with each book. I'm also not a fan of series which end on cliffhangers. This series is both. I am listening to Sunny, so it's not that I dislike the series or wouldn't recommend it. It's just that there are things that drop the rating for me. At least Ghost felt mostly resolved, even though there was a detail we didn't know at the end of the book. Patina feels much more unresolved.

I simply didn'
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as Ghost. Like Ghost, Patina (Patty) Jones is a newbie on the Defenders track team, with a ton of family and social issues. Her father died, her mother has lost her feet to diabetes, and her little sister Maddie is center of her life. She lives with her aunt (Momly) and her uncle. Unfortunately, while she has common teenage problems, there was not the same connection with others that made the first book compelling. There is simply too much daily routine, such as school, chores, mean ...more
Brandy Painter
4.5 stars

Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

I enjoyed Ghost, the first book in Jason Reynolds' series about the new kids on an elite track team. It was excellent just as everything published so far by Reynolds has been. In 2017 I made his YA book my priority because I do tend to love his YA works slightly more. As a result, reading Patina got pushed into the start of 2018. I hate that I waited, but also I'm happy to start of a new year of reading on such a high note. This
Jillian Heise
Another fantastic book from Jason Reynolds! Loved Ghost, and now seeing the perspective of a second member of the track team, I'm especially eager to hear the next two after this. This is the kind of series, about kids doing their thing and dealing with their lives and showing their resilient spirits, that kids in our classrooms and in our lives need to be reading. The books are engaging and speak to kids in a realistic voice, which will have them clamoring for more. Love!
Robin Stevens
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second in the brilliant RUN series from Jason Reynolds, this is another thoughtful, funny, fantastic story about Patina, a girl who's desperate to win at all costs. (7+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
strong female protagonist, diverse family and it's about running. I liked Ghost better, but Jason Reynolds is solid.
mindful.librarian ☀️
A perfectly written follow up to Reynolds’ middle grade smash hit GHOST, this title is narrated by Patina, another member of the Defenders Track team.

Thank you to Atheneum/Simon Kids for providing me with a review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.

I’ll start by saying to please read GHOST first, or encourage the kids/students in your life to read GHOST first. Of course, you CAN read PATINA first, and the story won’t be ruined, but then GHOST will be ruined for you and I 100% guaran
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jason Reynolds is the best. Read everything he has written. That is all.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ghost was a good book. And a good character. So naturally, I was wary of hoping for a good sequel, especially with a girl as the main character. Patina seems nice in Ghost, but I was worried about the drama that seems to inevitably come whenever a girl enters junior high/middle school. However, Patty has sense (thank goodness). Sure, there's some drama. But she tries to avoid it.
I went into this book thinking that it was going to be about how she is running away from something (like Ghost) or r
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Ghost was excellent and Patina was magnificent.

Patina, or Patty, has been through her fair share of struggles. Her father died when she was young and after that her mother nearly died of diabetes. Now, her and her sister live with her aunt and uncle. Patty is going to a new school with 'hair flippers' as she likes to call the richer students. She feels out of place except for on the track where she can run.

This book was a little slow, but the development that happened throughout was wonderful
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
A thoroughly enjoyable continuation of the track series, this time following Patina aka Patty as she navigates the 4x800m relay, teamwork, school and family.

I loved Patty's voice as she learns to navigate her emotions, and slowly begins to fit in at school and with the girls on the track team, and particularly how she learns when and when not to compromise...and that sometimes it's best to let other people fight your battles. And that you can't run to solve all of your problems.

Like Ghost, there
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, library, 2019
I loved Ghost and this book was even better than that. I loved that Reynolds wrote a female main character, one who is full of heart and also very complicated and real. On one hand she’s trying to fit in at her new school where everyone seems to be wealthy, then she’s also trying to be a good big sister and daughter, though they only see their mum on weekends and live with their aunt and uncle. On top of all that she runs track. She’s part of an elite track team and has been picked to be a membe ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the Acknowledgments, Jason Reynolds writes,

"To all the young ladies who feel forced to carry the load... this one's for you."

Patina is the second book in the Track series. It picks up where Ghost left off. The book was written in the perspective of Patina Jones. I love how different this is from Ghost, yet it shares the same laid back narrative. It goes a little more in-depth as readers get a glimpse of Patina's life outside the track. Cheers to Jason Reynolds for introducing another char
Loved this, loved this, loved this. Patty is amazing. I fell in love with her and her family and the way she is dealing (quite well actually) with the trials and tribulations of her daily life. Why can't all middle school fiction be as well written and as engaging as this?
Alan 김 승 주
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book that not only continues the story of the track team but introduces Patina. The character of Patina seems to match the character of Ghost, which I am glad about. Cannot wait for the next one!
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