Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Date Finished: January 8th, 2011
Summary of Book:
"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me." Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She's run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now--she's twelve--and this time she gets away clean. Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story. We travel with her across the country--hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart--as she finally comes to terms with her mother's addiction and death. Runaway is a remarkably uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better place in the world, and within herself, to be .
Many people think about running away at least one time in their life. But they don't think about what to bring with. They just...run. No clothes, no food, no nothing. They think about who or what they need to get away from.
But, Holly had run away before, she had food, some clothes and some other things, including her journal. She brought with her what she needed. That would last her a while, but she made it cross country and guess what? She got away! But she didn't have enough food for forever.
I'm glad she had a happy ending though. She got some people to take care of her. That doesn't happen every day you know!