Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall

 Typical Dakota -"Wherever we are going, I won't be staying. That much I can promise. I've run away seven times -never once to anything, just away from. "

 Dakota Brown has mastered one thing:running away. Wherever Chicago's social services place her this time, she is determined to find a way out. But this new foster family isn't like the others. Something's different. People are nice, caring even. And there's an animal shelter nearby where Dakota can be with the horses whenever she wants. But she doesn't belong here, does she? She's just a foster, right? Her escape time is coming up, and Dakota doesn't know what to think.

 Runaway has a very interesting perspective, which I, for one, should probably read more on. Dakota has never had a good family. That's why it's hard for her to understand the concept of being a part of God's. The family, at least most of it, is Christian. They love Dakota, something she had never experienced with foster parents and siblings. Faith isn't described as much as it could be, though. :(

 On the technical side, Runaway relied very heavily on dialogue, which slowed down the story somewhat. And sometimes it was hard to tell what emotion the speaker was talking with.

 Overall, Runaway has a good idea and good suspense, I think (I kept wondering how and if she was going to run away) but I'd really like if there was more about God.

 For more of Dandi Daley Mackall here are her website and facebook page.


  1. Runaway is a book??? I thought Runaway was the name of a Bon Jovi song....

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  3. I haven't heard of a song, but it sure is a book. Thanks for the suggestion.