Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: I Run

I Run
by E. L. Farris


When Sally Lane Brookman gets hit by a Metro bus, it shatters her suburban world. But it does more than just damage her body; when she begins the long and painful process of physical recovery, she realizes that she's broken in more places than any doctor could ever see.

Confronting addiction, abuse, mental illness, and a hell she can't escape, Sally drags her past into her present and desperately tries to flee both. It's not until she puts her future in danger that she realizes it's finally time to slow down.

With exuberant energy, humor, and sometimes painful honesty, the quirky Sally takes the reader along on a modern odyssey: a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.


I feel that I'm going to be biased in this review. Why? Well, my background is in Clinical Psychology and I currently work at a counseling center. This book has its roots in mental illness and so - yeah, I might be biased. But not in a bad way!

Due to my background, I was able to enjoy this book on a different level than how I usually enjoy books. Sally represents every "normal and ordinary" person that whose life turns upside down. But this book is the best testimony of a person who takes all those curve balls life gives and remains ultimately determined to come out on top. It can be so tempting to give up and to forget - to escape - but what we come to understand is that it is the most rewarding when we push through and come out stronger in the end. It's also important in realizing that we don't push through by ourselves. Sometimes it's what we love doing or who we love that gets us through. That, is what this book is about. 


Um, did you read my review? I recommend this book to anyone wanting to read about the human struggle. 

About the Author

Like Sally Lane Brookman, E.L. Farris is a marathon-running suburban soccer mom, and her husband really does dream of shooting squirrels. They live in Virginia with their three children. E.L. loves to talk with readers (and she answers all of her correspondence personally!).

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The cofounder of Bad Doggy Productions, E.L. is also the author of Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption; Strays Welcome, the upcoming sequel to I Run; and Wave, the upcoming sequel to Ripple.

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this book, too. Not in the typical way of enjoying a book, but I enjoyed how the writing was so transparent to one's struggle with a painful history. I loved how the author was able to articulate the human struggle so clearly.