Book Review: Runaway by S.M. Knowles

21441333Title: Runaway

Author: S.M. Knowles

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Date: April 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

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.


I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Courtney, the Runaway, leaves an abusive father and ends up on the streets. It seems that every time she thinks she’s on the right track, something else goes wrong. She has a great attitude, though, and keeps going on.

A lot happens to Courtney and the reader can tell she has a good heart. She’s also very strong for a teen, not getting sucked into the drugs or sex that so many fall into on the street.

I liked Runaway for the most part. There was a lot going on but it seemed to come to an abrupt end. I think it’s a book that young adults would definitely enjoy.

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