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On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A funny, uplifting debut about running, romance—and dealing with college rejection and other hurdles

On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined.

Goodreads Summary

Its odd to see someone that is a senior in high school just randomly pick up running. Not that we dont pick up new habbits as we go on in our lives, however running is one that people usually love or hate. Alice does just that though and randomly decides to start as a "stride" in the right direction in her life.

Being an occasional runner myself, I found this book to be relatable as Alice goes through all the aches and typical struggles of a beginning runner. This is a good story about a young girl that is lost and looking to find her way when she faces college rejection. I found her communication with her beloved pet rat strange but mildly charming as it added a light comedy to the story. The running excerpts from the story is where this book really shines though. If you have every run a race before, or ever plan to, this book describes what it is like very well. For all of the runners out there, or those aspiring to break out of your lazy streak and put in some strides this weekend, this book is definitely worth looking into.

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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  1. bn100 said...:

    haven't read a book about running before