My Rating: 4/5 Stars!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publish Date: November 28th, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.
Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.
But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.
Opening Sentence: “The woods are dark as a grave.”
*Trigger warning for Sexual Abuse*
Tropical, steamy, childhood romance fun, “Run Away With Me” is a summery adventure that warmed my heart. It was a very back and forth romance that was both hurt and aided by outside forces that weren’t a part of Jake or Emerson’s control. To see the two finally come together after such a long time was a happy moment even as their would be bumps to endure along the way.
I loved that the novel took place on an island. I also love the touring and working aspects that really set the stage for forces to pull these two long lost loves back together. I enjoyed how real the characters felt and how and why the characters changed. I loved that the author wrote this book for victims of sexual assault and gave Emerson a way of growing from her experience that went beyond just falling in love. I enjoyed how sincere the relationships were and how much love there was between the characters. I also loved the trait that Jake has where he fixes little irritating things without saying a word (honestly was the reason I fell in love with him). There were so many conflicts and individual motivations that the story rang true and it made it all the more fun to read.
Something I also enjoyed were the flashbacks (something that can easily be unenjoyable depending on how they are done). They gave a lot of insight and made me enjoy both Jake’s and Emerson’s characters all the more. Especially with Emerson, I found myself feeling hopelessly sad and filled with the need to protect her from the cruelty she endured. However, her attitude toward what had happened made me awed with her strength and resilience (even when others made it hard for her to believe in her own bravery for so long).
“Run Away With Me” is a novel I won’t soon forget. I admire this novels courage in sharing a story of a girl who is healing from her experience with sexual abuse. As I also adore most of the other characters it contains inside. I’m happy for this books true honesty and i recommend it to those who yearn for a book that rings true.
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.
-Till next time!