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Running Barefoot

af Amy Harmon

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The story of a small-town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.
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3.5/5
I don't know what to rate this book. I was constantly torn between giving it an average 3 and a good 4.
When the book started I liked the writing style and as it progressed I liked the characters. The best part about the whole book had to be the conversations between Josie and Samuel. Their discussions on books and music were the only saving grace of the book. Samuel's own struggle with his heritage and gradual acceptance in the later half added so many dynamics to his character that Josie was lacking. And since we are talking about Josie, I want to just say that she is the most Mary-Sue-ish character I have seen. She went through that ugly-duckling-to-swan transformation with such subtly that the reader didn't even notice but it was very evident in her self indulgence in the later half. It was annoying. Very annoying.

Even still, the book was saved all because of the dialogue and interactions though the plot was non existent and the MC was crap.
The shit in the middle of the book was so stupid that I was wondering why they didn't just cripple Josie instead and make it an actual grief period rather than introducing a character that nobody cared about. What made it worse was how we were told everything about Kasey ans Josie's relationship rather than seeing it for ourselves. It made it just a really very bad plot point.

I didn't exactly like [b:It Ends with Us|27362503|It Ends with Us|Colleen Hoover|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470427482s/27362503.jpg|43940889] by [a:Colleen Hoover|5430144|Colleen Hoover|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1464032240p2/5430144.jpg] but she does a better job at creating two compelling love interests without this kind of shit.

So mix the story of that book with this dialogue of this one and we probably would get a much much better book overall. ( )
  AzuraScarlet | Aug 1, 2020 |
4.25/5 stars

I'm on a quest to read all of Amy Harmon books and I only have like 4 books to go. Which makes me both really proud of myself and really sad - because that means from now on I will have to wait for new books to be released.

I just can't seem to get enough of Amy's writing, of her characters and of the emotions that flow through each and every one of her books.
Speaking of amazing characters - I related to Josie on such a deep level that she immediately shot up to number 2 of my "all time favorite female characters list" - number one still being taken by Lark from The Bird and the Sword, yes also by Amy Harmon.

Josie is a book worm, and not just because she says so (which I find to be the problem with many books that try to portray their characters as bookish, but fail) but because she is truly one. Josie began reading to escape her reality, and she never stopped because books became such a big part of who she was. She didn't just read for pleasure - she read to learn, to discuss, to speculate and to broaden her horizons. I admired that about her the most, as that reminded me once again to read quality books because everything I put into myself reflects on who I am.

​But I got off track with my bookish views. Josie loves to garden - she loves to feel the soil below her toes and she loves too cook with all of her fresh vegetables - if that's not an image of me, I don't know what is. If Josie Jo was a real person she would have been my best friend.

“I hated making small talk and avoided people in the grocery store and other places just so that i wouldn't have to think of things to say. I liked people, i cared about them, and i wanted to be a good person, but don't make me chat idly on the telephone or make pleasant conversation just for the sake of being polite." -I've never related more!

Running Barefoot is a story about young love, but it's also a story of restraint and waiting. Waiting till the time is right, waiting and believing that the person who was meant for you will in the end be indeed yours.
​The novel starts when Josie is 13 and Samuel is 18 and I absolutely adored the way it was handled. Under the circumstances that could have been the worst, their friendship and love remained the purest.

​Now, sure Samuel is literally an 18 year boy out of the dreamland - besides being a very angry, lost and closed-up teenager, he turned out to be the utmost gentleman. I loved Samuel's heritage story and how he struggled to fit in, being half Native American and half white. His tribe didn't think him native enough, and his white peers didn't consider him white enough. Samuel was stuck in a limbo of anger and resentment and the way he found his place in the world was truly beautiful.

And just because I have't met anybody like Samuel in real life, does't mean that boys like him do not exists. For the sake of all the young girls in the world, I hope they do. I also hope that more girls read this book and realize what they truly deserve and what true love could really be if they are only patient enough.

“Like a shoe that has lost its mate is never worn again, I had lost my matching part and didn't know how to run barefoot.”

I inhaled this story and I am sure that this is a novel that I will re-read many times in the future. Only thing was that I expected this book to be more emotional to me than it was. Sure I teared up a few times, but having read Amy's other books, I was excepting a full out cry fest. The event that was supposed to leave me in tears didn't because for me there wasn't enough momentum leading up to it.
​But there were many other precious moments, and amazing life lessons that I will cherish forever. ( )
  bookandsword | Feb 9, 2018 |
I wish I was better at expressing in words how to best describe this book. This love story is just pure, gentle love. I know that probably sounds boring but I really enjoyed this clean love story. It is hard to find entertaining romance that is this pure. I have read several books by this author, and absolutely enjoyed reading them all! ( )
  MsButterfly | Aug 20, 2017 |
Un altro bel romanzo di Amy Harmon, un'autrice che sa quello che stà facendo e che da ora in poi intendo tenere strettamente sott'occhio. ;) ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
It's hard to find a book more eloquently written than Running Barefoot. It's probably the first book I've read that is highly centered around religion of some sort, and I didn't seem to mind.

This novel is absolutely stunning and so beautiful that I found it difficult to stop reading. Although it is quite long, I read it in the span of a day. Slowly soaking in the rich tales of the Navajo and the sweet musical musings.

It was difficult not to fall in love with Josie and Sam, and then feel the heartbreak when things just weren't right with them.

Memorable. That is the single word to describe this delightfully heavy book. ( )
  emily.s | Feb 27, 2013 |
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