Running Wide Open

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
When 15-year-old Cody gets shipped off to live with his uncle, Race, he's sure he'll be in for the same disappointment and abuse he's gotten from every other adult in his life. The last thing he expects is for Race and his speedway buddies to become the family he's always longed for. But can Cody get a handle on his super-charged temper before it messes up his last chance to get his life on track? More
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About Lisa Nowak

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

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Review by: Chayse Sundt on March 19, 2012 :
Life can be hard for a person who has a mother that has not one good bone in her body, a dad that doesn't support them when being verbally attacked, and an anger problem that has you left living with a guy with a weird name. Cody's life is about to be changed and though it may start off bad it turn bright in the end.

I could never do what Cody has done, I would be too afraid to go home and face my parents. Also his mom, I swear that she needs to show a little more loving support to her son. Constantly throughout the beginning of the book I felt bad for Cody. Than we move onto Race...I really would love to have a parent like him. He is laid back and a person that one could go up and talk too. However, I believe he needs to get the guts to ask out the person who he really cares about, and not take no for an answer.

The plot was one that I could follow and not once did I lose sight of it. This book was one that contained adventure, love, some action, and a feeling that one can never forget. I recommend that all readers take a chance in their reading life and open this book.

I give this book 4 souls!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chayse Sundt on March 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Life can be hard for a person who has a mother that has not one good bone in her body, a dad that doesn't support them when being verbally attacked, and an anger problem that has you left living with a guy with a weird name. Cody's life is about to be changed and though it may start off bad it turn bright in the end.

I could never do what Cody has done, I would be too afraid to go home and face my parents. Also his mom, I swear that she needs to show a little more loving support to her son. Constantly throughout the beginning of the book I felt bad for Cody. Than we move onto Race...I really would love to have a parent like him. He is laid back and a person that one could go up and talk too. However, I believe he needs to get the guts to ask out the person who he really cares about, and not take no for an answer.

The plot was one that I could follow and not once did I lose sight of it. This book was one that contained adventure, love, some action, and a feeling that one can never forget. I recommend that all readers take a chance in their reading life and open this book.

I give this book 4 souls!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Veronica Esagui on Sep. 12, 2011 : (no rating)
"Running Wide Open," by Lisa Nowak is not a fluffy story about a troubled teenager. Be prepared for the drive of your life, while feeling the speed of emotion that will carry you to the finish line gasping for air as you can't put this book down until you reach the last page. Parents, please read this book if you have teenagers, you won't be disappointed. "Running Wide Open" would make an amazingly inspirational movie.

Dr. Veronica Esagui, chiropractor, TV producer and author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alice Lynn on Sep. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
I loved this book. The plight of the young hero, Cody Everett, grabbed me from the beginning. A well written growing up story set in the world of stock car racing,the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat even while clever, wisecracking Cody can make you laugh out loud.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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