When seventeen-year-old track and field star Jesse Collins’ dreams of a full scholarship are shattered after the sudden death of her dad, she leaves home to work as a summer camp counselor to escape the small town nosy stares...and her own secret guilt.
After a mix-up at registration, she’s put in charge of a boys’ cabin, and the head counselor, Kirk, predicts she won’t last the first two weeks. In the midst of fending off four twelve-year-old boys who are hell-bent on mortifying her and a growing attraction to Kirk, Jesse finds the inspiration to run again from an unlikely source. But getting her old life back isn't that easy and soon Jesse will realize that a good pair of legs can take a girl far, but she'll never outrun the truth.
I love YA books so much that it's not easy to get disappointed, but Girl on the Run gave me so many mixed feellings that I felt bipolar during the reading. On one hand, there are so many things that simply don't make any sense and others so cliche that all I wanted was to scream to Jesse and Myers too. On the other hand, I liked it enough to feel sorry when it ended.
How to start this? Better spit all the things I didn't like first. The book was so predictable from the instant Jesse put her feet on the Camp that it was sad. Every line has been written thousand times and it doesn't get better for that. There are so many movies about camping and counselling and teen drama all over, that was too easy to follow all the plot with one eye close. And Jesse? Oh God that girl was so clueless that I just wanted to hit her head on the wall. The things are just in front of her face and she just can't see it? Why was she so blind? The obsession about Kirk and Lacey was ridiculous specially near the end. And they were on camp for the whole summer but the story missed August, it just ended in July and then we jump to goodbyes, some things just happen really fast. The way she acted most of the time showed not only a girl that didn't knew what she was doing but someone fragile, without confidence, totally messed-up. I guess it's normal that she felt some numbness because she has serious issues but it doesn't justify all her blindness.
However I laugh a lot, there were so many funny moments, so many scenes totally crazy and some of the stuff just didn't make any sense, but I enjoy humour and it has, a lot. I also loved Kirk, from the beginning I knew he liked Jesse, it was so painfully obviously that her blindness was ridiculous.
It was a nice reading and the ending was good giving closure to the problems that affected Jesse, giving her a goal in her future so although all the things I didn't enjoy it was entertaining and sometimes it's just what we need.
I write YA, appreciate a design in my cappuccino, love shopping for vintage jewelry and dream in color. Coming from Nimbus Publishing, my contemporary coming of age novels, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE (SEPTEMBER 15,2014) and GIRL ON THE RUNJUST JESSE (Fall 2015). from Fierce Ink Press, ASP OF ASCENSION (July 2015).