by Heather Henson HarperTempest, 2002 Review by Catherine Atkins on Jun 18th 2002
Vivid sensory details and a sure hand with character
mark Heather Henson's debut novel Making the Run.As a child, Henson's narrator Lu McClellan
lost her mother and any sense of lightness in her life.Lu's father stepped away, and as she grew
she matched his distance with a retreat into her photography and her
drugs.At seventeen, Lu counts the days
to graduation and the time she can leave her small town of Rainey, Kentucky.A romance with an older man and a friend's
tragedy break Lu's detachment to the point where she may be able to reconnect
with her past, and her father.
Lu is a fascinating, contradictory character.An unapologetic stoner, the teen also
manages to attend school, hold a demanding waitress job, and offer daily help
to her elderly grandmother.The
supporting characters, from Jay, the older man, to Ginny, Lu's wild friend, are
well developed and believable.Only
Lu's relationship with her brother seems sketched in.
Aside from some repetitive moments in the middle
chapters, Making the Run is a hypnotic read, time well spent with a girl
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