Running Barefoot, by Amy Harmon – 5 star review!

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I honestly had no idea of what to think of Running Barefoot when I first began reading it. I don’t feel the description of the book truly lends an accurate description of the story. Yet from the first few pages, I was hooked. I think, primarily, I love this story because it rings true with me. I also lost my mother, although I was not as young as Josie was in the story, and I also dealt with the tragedy in the exact way our heroin did – by taking care of everyone and everything else. I am also Native American, and although I am not Navajo, I am familiar with many of the stories used in this book. As far as I can tell, Amy Harmon did an excellent retelling. While I definitely sympathized with Josie, I also found I had some things in common with Samuel. Nothing can entrap me in a book better than feeling a deep understanding of the characters.

It wasn’t only these odd similarities, either. Amy Harmon is a very gifted storyteller. The way she writes is relaxed, yet educated. Although she used “big words” to get her point across, I never faltered or trudged through the story. There was an easy flow that came with the storyline – not too much excitement, not too much downtime, no intentionally exaggerated vocabulary, and always something keeping the reader interested in the story.

Admittedly, I have not felt like reading in quite some time. This book pulled me out of my book slump, and I am more than ready to dive into the next story. Thank you, Amy Harmon, for an amazingly told, eloquently written, truly relate-able story. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a light read (I read it in just about 24 hours), a good coming of age story, or anyone interested in: small town fiction, Native American fiction, or stories of loss and rebirth.

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2 replies

  1. It’s always good when an excellent book pulls us back to reading. After a rather voracious summer of reading, I find I’m not doing it right now. Perhaps this book will do it for me as well.

    • It is, indeed. Personally,my issue was the opposite. My summer was hectic beyond belief, and I strayed from reading. Now that my daughter is in school, I have more time for it, but I’m rather picky. I find I get even pickier as time goes on. This book was truly amazing, and I would highly suggest it. I read it in one day, and that was amongst all of my other tasks (cleaning, cooking, school bus drop off/pick up, girl scouts, PTA, writing my newest book, blogging, etc.)

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