The Running Dream

  • by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Narrated by Laura Flanagan
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?
As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.
With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself - she wants to take Rosa with her.

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What other book might you compare The Running Dream to and why?

Flipped; Runaway; Confessions of a Serial Kisser; all also by Wendelin Van Draanen in her characteristic charismatic, touching style. They all have Y.A. female leads and tell stories of self discovery.


How could the performance have been better?

it was a good book with a touching ending, but I was distracted by the narrator. She kept going up at the end of her sentences? Like everything was a question? And? I just don't think? that because the person telling the story? was a teenage girl? That she needed to keep doing that? It made me dizzy. Still, all in all an inspiring story :)


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- Elizabeth

9 year old rates this 15 stars

I don't WANT to relisten to this immediately. I NEED to relisten to this immediately.

You'll love it if you like Out of My Mind.
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- Erin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2011
  • Publisher: Listening Library