Sarah's Stars

John Burns. Runnerland
Raincoast Books  $11.95  ISBN 978-1-55192-957-6  251 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 14

What is a person, anyway? The home he comes from and the people he calls parents? Or the clothes he wears, the music he listens to, the games he plays? Maybe it was as easy to change one as the other. Life is unstable, and that felt just about right.

Peter is still young; he has his whole life ahead of him. What would make him throw it all away? Why would he run away from home, and jump on a bus to some destination that even he isn’t sure of? Why, on earth, would he take such uncalled for actions? Well…things change after your father dies. A lot of things change.

Something about this book hooks you right away. It isn’t the strange graffiti-style writing on the front cover.  It is the actual story itself. The author’s approach to this particular plot was great! He kept me reading, despite its weird nature. I thought this book was a little odd, slightly confusing…or surreal at times, but that’s what makes the novel so interesting. Although the weirdness was getting sort of creepy, I still enjoyed the book. Another reason I liked this story so much was the gripping way the author portrayed emotion. It was captivating and very real. I would recommend this novel for people thirteen years and up.

This reviewer gives Runnerland four dreamlike stars. John Burns creates an awesome setting in his first book for teen readers.

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