By: Wendelin Van Draanen


Runaway is a book about a 12 year old girl named Holly. She is a foster child and hates living the way she does. She lived with Foster parents who creeped her out, and they would also put her in the cold laundry room if she didn't behave. So one day, Holly finally decided to run away. She wanted to go off to California to the ocean so she could be a sea gypsy (not a homeless person). She sneaked into buses, stole food, and did anything she could to survive. She met a lot of people on the way, many of which where not very good people. One girl though who was about her age was nice to her, but Holly just thought that she would report her into the foster care system. But the girl, Sammy, didn't and actually saved Holly's life from a mean homeless person. The two girls became friends and Sammy let Holly stay at her house, and Holly finally was able to go back to school! For her first time ever, Holly was able to have turkey for thanksgiving and had a loving family to share it with her.


I think that the theme of this book is that even when it seams like nobody loves you, or no one ever will, someone out there does.


The genre of this book is realistic fiction because although this story could happen, it hasn't.

Four Questions

What did you enjoy about this book?

I enjoyed this book because it was written as a journal. It didn't have chapters, instead, it had dates, so it was like reading someone's journal!

What was the authors purpose of writing this book?

I think the author's purpose was to inform people that there are so many kids out there who don't have a home and just want to feel loved. Also that we should be very thankful for what we have in life.

Was the ending satisfactory?

The ending to me actually wasn't that good. At the end, it all of a sudden stops, and you don't know how Holly ended up.

Would you recommend this book?

I would definitely recommend this book! It never had a boring part and had you pulled in the entire time!