Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Review: Running Barefoot

Title Running Barefoot

Author Amy Harmon

Release Date April 5, 2012

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've read a few Amy Harmon books before, but I think this one might be my favorite so far.

My heart feels full to bursting after finishing Running Barefoot. That's exactly how I *want* to feel after finishing a romance book. And this is such a beautiful book. I know I won't be able to do it justice.

I love Amy Harmon's writing. She crafts her story slowly, building a deep relationship between Josie and Samuel. It takes a while for them to come together, but this book is more about the journey than it is the destination. This is the kind of romance that I love to read about.

I also greatly enjoyed the roles that classical music and Navajo legends played in this book. I've read a few reviews that thought they were overdone, but I disagree. I found the information interesting and felt that it added another layer to Josie and Samuel's relationship (I liked that they each had something to share and teach the other about).


5 out of 5 stars

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