Official Review: Runaway: A Tragedy of Youth

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Official Review: Runaway: A Tragedy of Youth

Post by Jesska6029 » 16 Jul 2015, 14:07

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Runaway: A Tragedy of Youth" by Peter Alpert.]
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Runaway: A Tragedy Of Youth by Peter Alpert is a book in the contemporary fiction genre. Alpert bases this book off of a case he encountered as a lawyer earlier on in his career, but he changes the names of all parties involved in the case.

Jim Carson is a 16 year-old boy. He achieves good grades, and his peers all like him. On the outside, Jim has a good life; however, secret tensions in his home life wears him thin, and he decides he would be better off away from his family. He steals his parents’ car, money, food and a couple of guns and runs away in the middle of the night. Things do not go as Jim plans on the road, and one mistake changes his life forever.

This book is a really quick read. It is only about 164 pages, and I flew right through it because of how engrossing the story is. I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down! The book is very straightforward. The writing style is not flowery, but it is not dry. The author has a talent for making a subject that could be very dry, if placed in the wrong hands, very interesting.

The story is told from the point of view of Jim’s lawyer, and this gives the book a very factual feel. This is not a bad thing because readers cannot be swayed by Jim’s internal thoughts because we are never put inside his mind. I never questioned what I learned about Jim because the author does not sugarcoat Jim’s actions. At times Jim’s actions made me hold my breath because I desperately hoped things would turn out differently than I thought they would. Even though the book has a very factual feel, I felt so connected to Jim’s story. He’s just a kid, who makes a terrible mistake, and I couldn’t help but feel emotional about his story.

I really enjoyed getting to know Jim through the eyes of his lawyer, but there were other characters I could not stand. Jim’s parents, Richard and Beth, are so clueless about what their son feels, and they have no idea what is actually going on in their son’s life. I wanted to reach through my Kindle and give those two a good shake to snap them out of their delusional states. I do not hold my distaste for these two against the author because he is only merely explaining the actual personalities of these people.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the purpose behind it, and the attention it calls to how the legal system treats juveniles. The author points out how too often kids are locked away for life, and this book shows how quickly kids lives can change after one impulsive and irrational decision.

I give Runaway: A Tragedy Of Youth by Peter Alpert 4 out of 4 stars. I would give it 5 if I could. I recommend this book to anyone interested in juvenile law and parents looking to protect their children. The fast-paced and engrossing story earn this book 4 stars.

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Post by Sarah Clay » 20 Jul 2015, 10:59

Great review! Sounds like a good read.
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Post by Jesska6029 » 20 Jul 2015, 12:05

Sarah Clay wrote:Great review! Sounds like a good read.
Thank you! It's a great story!
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Post by Levi » 20 Jul 2015, 12:17

Fantastic review, Jesska!! I love these kind of factual stories and the way that they can help open people's eyes to internal conflicts, and how lack of love, honesty and openness can lead to those internal struggles and mistakes that can change people's lives forever. After all, if we do not learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat it!
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Post by Jesska6029 » 20 Jul 2015, 14:23

Escapeartist wrote:Fantastic review, Jesska!! I love these kind of factual stories and the way that they can help open people's eyes to internal conflicts, and how lack of love, honesty and openness can lead to those internal struggles and mistakes that can change people's lives forever. After all, if we do not learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat it!
Thank you! This is a great read if you like factual stories.
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Post by bettybug35 » 20 Jul 2015, 20:10

WOW. This sounds like a really interesting read. I really enjoyed the review. I will put this one on my reading list!

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Post by bluemel4 » 20 Jul 2015, 20:16

Great review Jesska. The novel sounds interesting. I like that it is told from the POV of the lawyer. It's an interesting character study. I am adding this to my to-read list.
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Post by Jesska6029 » 20 Jul 2015, 20:23

bettybug35 wrote:WOW. This sounds like a really interesting read. I really enjoyed the review. I will put this one on my reading list!
Great! Let me know what you think!

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bluemel4 wrote:Great review Jesska. The novel sounds interesting. I like that it is told from the POV of the lawyer. It's an interesting character study. I am adding this to my to-read list.
It's a really interesting read all-around! I do hope you enjoy it!
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 20 Jul 2015, 20:36

Wow, great review. This book sounds intriguing. I may add it to my to-read list, except that it's an impossible list already! I agree that one shouldn't hold mean characters against the author--how realistic would a book be otherwise? I get that! Great review!

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Post by Thimble » 20 Jul 2015, 20:47

Great review. It's wonderful that the writer was able to take facts and make them engrossing. I might have to add this to my To Read list.

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Post by Jesska6029 » 20 Jul 2015, 20:49

zeldas_lullaby wrote:Wow, great review. This book sounds intriguing. I may add it to my to-read list, except that it's an impossible list already! I agree that one shouldn't hold mean characters against the author--how realistic would a book be otherwise? I get that! Great review!
Thanks! I know what you mean - my "to read" list is out of control. I am about the start a new one, but it was tough to decide which to read now. I do hope Runaway makes it to your list!

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Thimble wrote:Great review. It's wonderful that the writer was able to take facts and make them engrossing. I might have to add this to my To Read list.

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Thank you! The author is talented. I do hope you end up reading it!
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 20 Jul 2015, 23:31

If I read it, I'll let you know!

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Post by Jesska6029 » 21 Jul 2015, 05:34

zeldas_lullaby wrote:If I read it, I'll let you know!
That would be awesome!!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 21 Jul 2015, 14:34

Outstanding job on the review Jesska6029. Comprehensible summary, not factual - haha. The book sounds very interesting.
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Post by Jesska6029 » 21 Jul 2015, 15:16

Leon Durham wrote:Outstanding job on the review Jesska6029. Comprehensible summary, not factual - haha. The book sounds very interesting.
I see what you did there! Thanks for the kind words!
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