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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Set against the backdrop of the sport of freerunning, Kia must decide whether she will continue running or face her past abuser in order to save another child.

Night is Kia's favorite time, when she freeruns to outdistance the memories of abuse she suffered as a young child. But when former reality television star Terrence Jones arrives at their school as the new head track
Paperback, 244 pages
Published May 16th 2020 by Elk Lake Publishing Inc
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Deana Dick
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of the hardest books I have ever had to read. It triggered anxiety in me and brought back my painful childhood. To say that I can relate to Kia is sad. I have to face the fact that her story and mine are very similar. We both suffered trauma from family members. I was so angry as I read how she endured what her grandfather had done to her. I understand how she felt like no one would believe her.

The author has written a story that hits the mark on a subject that many have lived
Kasey Giard
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
First, what I liked: the easy friendship between Thorn and Kiana was great. I loved the way they stuck up for each other and bonded over their shared love of freerunning. I liked that the story wasn’t about them developing a romantic relationship.

The family relationships are complicated (in a good way). Kiana’s mom isn’t making good choices, but she reads as a desperate woman who’s barely keeping her head above water. That’s no excuse for the things she does, but it makes her a complex character
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: celebrate-lit
This is a new author to me and I found out this is her debut novel. I’m very impressed that with novel number one she comes out of the gate with something so heavy as childhood abuse, and in a young adult fiction novel.

I really love the story about the cover photo. Adoption is something near and dear to my heart as we have adopted and my kiddos do have issues to deal with that stem from their time before they came to us. I like seeing this normalized and talked about as that’s not something tha
Rebecca Tews
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I am very glad that Kathy Cassel brought such a sensitive, but important, issue to light. Kiana's story is technically fictional, but what happened to her happens to little girls all the time and it's something that really needs to be addressed. So I appreciate that Cassel stepped up to do just that.

But I do have to say that overall, I was disappointed with this book. The plotline with Kiana and her abuser fell flat and could have been developed more. I wish I could have seen Kiana trying to de
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Cassel tackles a very difficult topic in Freerunner. I will admit I started the book curious as to how the molestation of the main character would be handled. Kathy Cassel handled it a very delicate and tasteful way. No gory details are shared and the word molestation isn’t even used until late in the story. Both Kiana and her best friend Thorn have a common issue with their families - abuse, it just took a different form for each of them. The difference is Thorn is being raised by Christi ...more
Connie Carpenter
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to read for me. I am a victim of abuse - and adults did not believe me at first. However, that being said. It was amazingly written and had a very great storyline. I was not sure what exactly free running was - so I went and did a little searching. When I was watching a video on it - My 9 year old commented he thought it was similar to Parcour which he loves to watch.
Kia is a strong character. You have to be to go through what she has gone through. While this book speaks abou
Patti Pierce
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Freerunner packs intensity with moments of finding courage, finding friends, finding answers, and more for young adults. While this story explores an adult behaving inappropriately with a child, I felt the author wrote it in a way that deals with the emotions and consequences rather than shoving the actual act into your face. Kia’s grandfather took inappropriate liberties with Kia when she was younger. Now she deals with his actions every day in her mind and emotions.

I appreciate how this story
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
"Freerunner" by Kathy Cassel is a book that I have mixed emotions about because of the subject matter. It brings back sad memories. I did like learning about the sport of free running. I asked my grandson if he knew what it was and he
I did like the characters are "real life" The book made me sad and angry. I did like Kia's friend that free run with her. I really didn't like Kia's mother. I thought she should have been more supporting of her daughter.

There is a little mystery revolving aroun
Ashley Dawn
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a horribly hard book for me to read. It's not a horrible book, let me make that clear, but the subject matter breaks my heart to read about and it just made it difficult for me. The author did a good job making the characters realistic and relatable. She hit the nail on the head about the abuse/abuser issues and I think that is what bothers me the most. Why don't people believe kids?

Anyway, I think the story may be an eye opener for some who read it and see the signs but don't want to a
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Freerunner is a good debut for Kathy Cassel. It deals with some heavy topics that made it a little hard for me to get through at times. The story is one that will make readers feel connected to the main characters and are able to feel connected. It does show the love and faith in God. It has a beautiful message that no matter what, there is always hope and you are never alone. That is such a wonderful lesson for all of us to learn.
I am giving Freerunner three and a half stars. I am interested i
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Freerunner by Kathy Cassel takes on tough topics with compassion and grace. The story leads with freerunning – a skill involving running, jumping, acrobatic maneuvers and gymnastics. Can a Freerunner try out and make the track team at high school? And why should they? The best friend suggests it so they try out and both make the team. The newly hired coach creates quite the stir and ends up having a lasting influence on his athletes. The coach’s faith is solid and he shares his belief system thr ...more
Crystal Bowman
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Cassel did a great job of tackling a tough topic! This story is told with strong, complex, and believable characters. The topic of childhood sexual abuse is a difficult one to weave into a story but Kathy does it beautifully. The warmth and comfort of the main character's relationship with a young man is heartwarming. Their relationship is non-sexual and appropriate for any audience. The athletic setting surrounding the story provides lots of fast-paced action and will attract the teen aud ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a believable and authentic sports story with a faith-based slant. Kia is overcoming past abuse and the way she does it is through Freerunning with best friend Thorn. Thorn is a great character because he's there for her when her mom isn't. The action and the realistic cast of characters make this a fun and easy read. I recommend this book for teens who have issues of their own and for those who enjoy sports although it isn't a freerunning manual, it's a fiction story.
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