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Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
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Jun 08, 2010

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Running Loose follows Louie Banks as he learns from experience that life is not only unfair, but sometimes it is flat out cruel. At the beginning of the story, Louie is a confident football player who just started a wonderful relationship with one of the prettiest popular girls in school. As the story goes on, he is thrown into situations where he must question himself and what he stands for. He begins to lose many of the things that matter most to him, and he has to rebuild his identity around what’s left. Some, including his principal and the football coach, try to place boundaries on him that restrict his freedom. They see the choices he is making and do everything they can to control him. However, Louie realizes that there are many people around him who support him and love him, and he learn that “running loose” doesn’t simply mean running wild or spinning out of control. For Louie, “running loose” comes to mean running free of the boundaries that would limit his right to form his own identity. I think that young teenage boys would especially like this story, but that’s not to say it doesn’t speak to girls as well. In my opinion, it was simply a good growing up story. The general outcome of the story was somewhat predictable, but the enjoyment comes from watching how Louie gets there.

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