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  • Writer's pictureJacque Stevens

RUN by JoLyn Brown

Hello world! I really need to write an update about my crazy BD and querying adventures, but for now we are doing a shameless plug for a completely awesome book. RUN. Here is the stolen blurb from Amazon, to go with the stolen picture: When Supermom joins Dad on his latest project, sixteen-year-old Morgan is left at her aunt’s. Instead of dating the cute boy from the track team, she will now have to spend the summer keeping a sane distance between herself and her aunt’s six boys. Morgan plans on the summer being awful. Encountering an army of spiders and getting lost while running shouldn’t surprise her. What she never expects is to stumble across an abandoned house her parents own—an abandoned house her uncle committed suicide in. Someone ought to have mentioned that before now. The past haunts Morgan’s dreams. The more she remembers and learns, the more she realizes even her cousins are not what she thought they were. Worse, she has somehow become a reflection of her uncle and everything her parents are running from. Morgan wants to hold on to the things she loves—running, her cousins, the bits of her family still intact—but as the summer passes, she starts to wonder if she’s going to lose everything instead. Obviously, I didn't write this book, so why is this a shameless plug? Because for the last three years I’ve had the special privilege of being a part of JoLyn’s writing group. She was working on this book and wanted to get it out into the world, which I think is the whole reason she was prompted to help form our group in the first place. I snuck in later, got her first section and was completely star-stricken. From day one, I loved this book! LOVED it. There were spiders and crazy cousins and a perfectly believable teen-girl forced in the middle of all the chaos. Of course, I had a few things to add as a committed critique partner (Do we really need all these side-characters? Can we foreshadow this plot point a bit earlier? What the heck is this character thinking?), but all that extra attention only made me love the book more. This is not a typical teen-romance! The characters have so much depth, the family values shine, and twists and turns of the plot keep everything moving right along. Not to mention funny. This book is already in print through vendors such as Deseret Book, but I think Amazon is still a bit slow getting it in stock. I’m still waiting for my own official copy, but I have no trouble saying that this book deserves all the early praise it’s getting. Run over and pick up your copy as soon as you can! And give it all the stars! And yeah, you can even nominate it for a Whitney Award, too. It is that good. Have a happy week. :)

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