Author: Amy Harmon
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: April 5, 2012/Feb. 2, 2014
Part of the Romance Through the Ages box set
When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into new kid Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind. Many years go by, and Samuel returns to find his old friend in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go.
Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind us to our homes and families, and the love that gives us wings.
I really liked this book. The only thing I really didn’t like was the amount of swearing. I liked the emotional pull of the story and the depth of emotion portrayed. I felt I could relate with Josie. I am in some ways similar to her and in many ways different. But both drew me to her. The similarities because they rang true to me, and the differences because I wanted to gain a better understanding of people from those things that were unlike me.
I loved the theme of music and books. I want to go back and listen to all the music mentioned in the book. I liked that the chapter headings were musical terms.
The different cultures portrayed in the book also drew me in. I love the Navajo culture, though I don’t know a lot about it, and liked how I learned a little bit more about it from this book. I also was intrigued by the culture of a town even smaller than the ones I’ve lived in and seeing my religion lived in a different way.
I learned from the characters in this book. From their actions, their thoughts, their insights, etc. I really enjoyed reading this book.