Thursday, June 23, 2016

Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Running for Water and Sky by Sandra Kring

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is Running for Water and Sky by Sandra Kring!

About the book:

They say that right before you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. But what they don’t say is that the same thing can happen when your soul mate is dying.

After spending most of her 17 years being shuffled between families that don’t want her, Bless Adler has no intention of opening her heart to anyone. And then she falls in love with Liam Reid.

The closer Bless lets Liam get, the more fearful she becomes. Then her new friend, Maylee, convinces her to go see a local psychic―and the woman’s glimpse into the future is anything but reassuring: Bless’s absent father, drunk and bitter. A frantic crowd gathered at the beach. Liam lying in a pool of blood, a gun at his side.

Now Bless has 14 blocks to reach Liam on the shores of Lake Michigan. If he’s still alive, she’ll beg for him to fight for his life. If he’s not, she’ll say good-bye to the first person who made her want to fight for her own. Edgy, intense, and emotional, Running for Water and Sky
 is a story of the elation and angst that comes with love, and the challenge of learning to trust when betrayal is all you’ve ever known.
Bless has not had an easy life growing up.  She has been been passed around and been shown that she is not a priority.  That is until she her dad unexpectedly shows up and takes her to live with him.  When she moves away with her dad this is where she meets Liam.  Liam becomes someone that she trusts to open up about her life and her heart.  One afternoon she is talked into visiting a psychic (by her friend Maylee) and is given a warning about someone she deeply cares about.  In order to see if the vision of Liam committing suicide is true or not, she must travel 14 blocks to find out.  

I felt very surprised by the ending of this book and it was an intriguing read through the entire story.  There are a lot of great lessons about love, trust and how to not let our past determine our future.  There are also social issues to think about that are associated with this book, such as abuse and poverty.  I really felt for all of these characters and felt heartbroken for them when things did not go their way.  Overall this story was a very great read and hopefully Kring decides to continue writing in the YA world!

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