Sunday, October 21, 2012


Do I have a great novel to tell you about. This is the first book I've read from Lisa Nowak. It won't be the last.


By Lisa Nowak

Sometimes teens do crazy things that get them in trouble. Growing up, finding oneself is difficult, especially when a kid has little or no family support. As a result of one wild moment, the teen may find himself at a crossroads, with few choices.


In author Lisa Nowak’s young adult novel RUNNING WIDE OPEN Cody, caught in a prank painting a wall of the zoo with his friends, has to make a decision that will change his life forever. When the police let Cody go, his dad gives him two choices: military school or live with Cody’s mother’s black sheep brother, Race, an artist and race car driver. Some choice, huh? His mother left them long ago. He never could please her anyway. Even though he doesn’t know Race, he chooses to live with Race, the best decision he’s ever made in his life, though he doesn’t realize it at the time. Cody has an attitude, and their relationship is rocky at first. Two single guys trying to adjust to a life together makes for a tender story of giving, taking, forgiving, and forgetting. I don’t want to give anything away, but Cody and Race each go through their own discovery of who they really are.


The author gives a lot of fascinating information about the auto racing world in RUNNING WIDE OPEN. Knowing nothing about cars and the men/women that drive them, I enjoyed learning what racing is all about, the people involved and how they think of each other as competitors and as friends. Ms. Nowak’s novel should be a hit not only with the racing crowd, but with others like me who enjoy a good story. Also, the gentle romance between Race and Kasey will appeal to readers who like a little love in a story. I recommend the novel for junior high and high school libraries. You’ll also want to add this book to your personal library. I’m looking forward to reading GETTING SIDEWAYS, the next book in the series.


EBook Courtesy of the author


Happy Reading.


  1. Oh, I love this series! Enjoy, everyone!

  2. I've seen this before. I don't know anything about racing either, but it sounds like a good read.

  3. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing about it.

  4. I have the second book to read, Darby. Just finding the time.

  5. It is a great story, Kelly, with characters that are real to life.

  6. I LOVED this book -- Cody's character arc is one of the best I've seen in YA writing. Glad you enjoyed it, too. I have 'Getting Sideways' on my Kindle, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

  7. Cody is a great character, and I'm glad he had Race to help him. I have Getting Sideways too but haven't had time to read it. Soon, I hope. Thanks for stopping by, Nickie.