Publishing Date: April 2014
Blurb Description: At seventeen years old, Courtney Apuzzo is fed up. With a dead mom and an alcoholic father that beats her every chance he gets, Courtney decides that enough is enough. Packing up only what she needs, Courtney leaves home without telling a soul and heads off to find her new life.
Life on her own is not exactly as she thought it would be. With nowhere to stay, Courtney finds herself sleeping on an old stoop in an abandoned apartment alleyway. A chance meeting with a new group of friends seems like a great beginning to her second chance at a real life. But everything is not as it seems.
Tricked into a life she never wanted and fears, Courtney needs to run away, again. She needs to find a way out of this new and dangerous life. With the help from a man she barely knows, will Courtney find her way out? Or will she find herself on the run from a dangerous past, and a hopeless future? Faced with a choice that will change her life forever.
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While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies. At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again. When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master's degree in Adult Education and Training.
I’ve wanted to read Runaway for a couple of months now. The synopsis sounded pretty intriguing and well, I love watching how authors handle problems like drugs and abuse- and Aubrey Kendall did not disappoint!
Courtney has a grim life. Being used as a punching bag by her father, ever since her mother cut herself many years ago, she longs for escape (although I didn’t feel the conviction when she made the decision to actually leave)
Out of the world she knew, into another, she sees what life is really like for seventeen year olds with literally no place to go- a blank, null void. Sleeping on doorsteps, watching people get murdered and working at menial jobs etc. seems like pretty much all life can offer her. Until she meets Braxton, who saves her being from raped, and inevitable falls for her as well.
She gets pushed into the drug business, working for the only drug lord that rules the streets. With warning that she is always being watched and constant threats of murder and getting busted flying over her head, she begins to question whether this life really is better that the sliver of one she left behind.
I really like Runaway. I loved how Kendall showed us how Courtney changed from a dainty doll to
someone hard. Street smart. I also loved how she portrayed the drug scene and homelessness (think authentic and the TV show- The Killing), although I would have loved a bit more seriousness.
All in all, a book worth a read!