On the Run

On the Run

Book - 2015
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Twelve-year-old Ben, who aspires to be a police officer, struggles to do the right thing when his parents suddenly take him and his little sister "on vacation," and he learns they took a large amount of money that was mistakenly deposited in their bank account.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780374301538
0374301530
Branch Call Number: jFICTION Bancks
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm

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samcmar Jul 06, 2016

Considering I decided to read this during the month of October, I was hoping for a much more spooky middle grade experience. On the Run in a lot of ways was not what I was expecting, as no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't suspense my disbelief enough.

Or rather, at all.

Part of the issue for me is that Ben reads so much younger than he is, yet will do things that you question how old he really is. The writing fell super flat for me, so in suspenseful moments, I didn't find myself having the kind of emotional connection I think the author wanted me to have. I didn't like the characters, and the only character I did like (Olive) wasn't always handled very well in my opinion. A lot of the mannerism and behaviors from the characters felt so all over the place and as it went on, I started to care less and less.

If I'm being honest, I'm weirdly impressed but confused at the idea of Ben and Olive running off with over a million dollars and being able to hide it safely. I say this considering they are on their own for parts of the novel and any time they met someone I kept wondering why no one was really questioning them ON being alone. I recognize this book is supposed to have survivalist elements, but I couldn't suspend my disbelief to see how any of the situations Ben got himself into could really be plausible.

I adore middle grade, especially those with a tougher concept in mind, but this book didn't work for me at all. I just found myself bored by the writing and confused as to how a lot of the plot really occurred. That being said, I will still likely recommend it to middle graders at the library I work at because I do think they would enjoy the adventure aspects present in this story. For me personally, however, it just didn't work.

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