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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,637 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendelin Van Draanen Narrator: Laura Flanagan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780307747990
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Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izzy Tils | 2/15/2014

    " This book was sad but very inspirational :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Thielen | 2/15/2014

    " Jessica is a high school junior who runs on the track team. On the way back from an Invitational, a truck collides with their bus, killing one student on board the bus and critically injuring Jessica. Her injury is to her leg. It is so badly mangled that it has to be amputated below the knee. Since she is a runner, this is a hard pill to swallow. Even though her friend Fiona has been encouraging her to get back to school, she is reluctant to go back. She is embarrassed and frustrated and doesn't want anyone to see her. Her Track buddies decide to try to raise money for a running leg for Jessica so that she can get back onto the track team for her senior year. Though she is excited that they want to do this for her, it makes her self-conscious and she doesn't really believe they can raise enough money, but as the publicity comes in, Jessica even starts to get her hopes up a little bit. As time goes on, Jessica gets a first leg and learns how to walk on it. She becomes friends with Rosa, a girl with Cerebral Palsy who is a math genius and helps her catch up in math. This along with her own experience, makes her think about how she has viewed Rosa in the past - pretty much ignoring her and seeing her for her disability. Her new goal is to make people start looking at the person - not the disability and she finds a really creative way to make her point. There's lots more to this story - learning to persevere, first romance, new friends and Van Draanen does a good job of bringing her themes home, so to speak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danie P. | 1/29/2014

    " For older children readers and teens. Jessica wakes up without one of her legs. She remembers a crash after a track meet. Now she'll never run again...or will she? Jessica begins to learn a lot about herself and about how she treated others before her accident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/27/2014

    " This book was so inspiring. The thought of loosing a limb is one of my biggest fears. Reading about it from Jessica's perspective was difficult for me at times. I cried through most of this book, both happy and sad tears. As I read this story, and especially the last part when Jessica was training for the race I was very powerfully reminded of my training. I ran the Chicago marathon about a year ago and I remember when I started training I felt very daunted by the task in front of me. I am not a runner; before I started training I could not run a block without panting and collapsing from exhaustion. But, like Jessica, I started slow, just running a few minutes at a time. I had good days and bad days during my eight months of training. I had days when I would finish a really hard run and dissolve into tears because I didn't think I would be able to do it. I also had days when I finished a really good run and felt amazing, like the marathon would be so bad after all. I wish I had read this book last year when I was training because it would have really helped inspire me to keep going on the hard days. The actual day of the marathon was a mixture of emotions for me. Just like Jessica in the story, the first half was great, almost easy. The last half was bad; each step more painful than the last. But also like Jessica, I finished it. I never though someone like me, overweight and out of shape, would ever be able to run anywhere, let alone a marathon. But I did. During my training I heard runners talk about "the runner's high", but I could not relate. Most of my training was a challenge, but toward the end as I started getting better and running longer distances, I began to understand a little about this elusive "runner's high". I don't think I ever completely got there, but I got close. Reading Jessica's descriptions of running in this story reminded me of that feeling and I kind of want to feel it again. Sadly, since I finished the marathon I have done very little running. Reading Jessica's story of overcoming a huge obstacle to run again is really inspiring to me. It makes me want to run again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 1/26/2014

    " What a wonderful and uplifting book. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 1/14/2014

    " Re-read again and loved it even more then the first time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Kemmann | 1/11/2014

    " A very moving story. It touches my heart every time I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/9/2014

    " An accident leaves seventeen year old Jessica an amputee. She struggles with the grief, anger, loss, and the overwhelming sadness that she will never be able to do again that which she loves most, running. However, this is a tale of perseverance, determination, hard work, and optimism. Jessica's family, friends, and teammates inspire and motivate her recovery. It's not pure Polly-Anna, over-the-top goodness, although there's plenty of that. Jessica struggles with depression, doubts, and self-confidence. Along the way though, she digs deep and has some startling revelations about her life. Recommend to fans of the novel Shark Girl<\i> or the movie Soul Surfer<\i>. It would make a good ABC Family or Disney movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shanshan | 1/1/2014

    " This book drove me up the wall. It had a great message and plot but the situation just seemed glorified. Everything Jessica did was televised and she became famous but I don't think that really happens. It seemed unrealistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/22/2013

    " A terrible accident, a dream taken away....always a runner what happens when you have a leg amputated? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/18/2013

    " I liked the pace, characters and storyline of this book. A little too glossy on the tribulations of losing a limb, but a motivational book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 11/2/2013

    " I LOVED this book! It's a great story about tragedy and overcoming incredible adversity. It teaches and uplifts without being preachy. It's a story of endurance, disabilities, family, friendship, hope, and of appreciation for life and it's many blessings. A must read for any teen (or grown up! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/19/2013

    " This book takes you through the emotional and physical recovery of a high school track star who loses her leg in a tragic bus accident on the way home from a track meet where she just set a new record in the 400 m. This will be a great book to discuss at book group. Wish I could be there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/14/2013

    " Great book for teens, especially those who like to run. An inspiring story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/20/2013

    " I liked this book for early teens. It was nice to have a little romance without having sex. It's an appropriate book for pre-teens that would appeal to that age group. It has a great message about digging deep and helping others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 7/25/2013

    " Van Draanen has written a nice, clean (though not as squeaky clean as Flipped) story for teens that can inspire while dealing with tough topics. Jessica, a star runner for her school's track team, loses her leg in a bus accident. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia Israelsen Blackwelder | 5/15/2013

    " Good, positive uplifting story. It felt real to me because Jessica still had her struggles, but she stayed so positive with the help of friends and family. I loved her friendship with rosa. Rosa is a great character. It's refreshing to read a good, clean, inspiring story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki ~ no time to read | 5/7/2013

    " A wonderful story of the girl recovering from a terrible tragedy; her fights, her pain, her struggles, her success, her learning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordyn Marchese | 4/25/2013

    " I really liked it, although it did sometimes seem like the book repeated information a lot that wasn't that important in the end, but I still liked it a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moocowotter | 2/12/2013

    " This was a WONDERFUL book!!!! I really encourage you to read it. :):) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2013

    " I read this book in two days. Awesome, must read for adults and young adults alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce Hubbard | 11/9/2012

    " Okay, I don't have much to say so listen really close. This book could quite possibly be, no it is! The #1 very best book I have ever read. You all need to read! bye!:D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/21/2012

    " This book is amazing. Beautifully written with an absorbing, conversational tone. Not too sad, not too happy--real. It's heartfelt and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/1/2012

    " Excellent young adult book. I read this book in about 48 hours. Very good lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Ringlein | 3/24/2012

    " I read this book in one night - I loved it - easy read - young adult book that I've passed onto a student!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JJ Landis | 3/16/2012

    " Great story. Felt it too drawn out in some places however. A few chapters were not needed. It was a bit too tidy and surface for my taste, but I would recommend it to young teens. The message of acceptance came through nicely and all kids could benefit from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/23/2012

    " Usually I don't like books written in a journal format, but I was able to get into the story very quickly. I recommend it to anyone, not just runners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad | 5/23/2011

    " Wendelin Van Draanen did an amazing job with this book! This book was truly inspirational to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/17/2011

    " An incredible book. Anyone who had ever experienced loss or disappoint can relate to Jessica's story. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/14/2011

    " This book is so inspiring! Whether you like running or not, it's going to touch your heart. I love running and after I read this book, I just love it even more! This book made me see new things in my life that I'd never seen before. It's like it opened new doors for me. It enlightened me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/4/2011

    " Considering how much I hate running, it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/3/2011

    " This is an inspiring story of a girl who loves to run and has to come to terms with losing part of a leg. The author perfectly depicts what it's like to need to run, no matter what. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/13/2011

    " As a runner, I really enjoyed it. As a reader, I really enjoyed it. Overall it was a fantastic book and a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/10/2011

    " I liked this book for early teens. It was nice to have a little romance without having sex. It's an appropriate book for pre-teens that would appeal to that age group. It has a great message about digging deep and helping others. "

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